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This research was funded by The Cedar Tree Foundation. In a Nutshell: There are close to 1.7 million acres of CRP land in Iowa, much of which could be utilized as grazing land, but strict grazing restrictions apply. …


Publish Date
April 29, 2021

PFI Staff
Meghan Filbert
Cooperators
Dave and Meg Schmidt
Description

This project was funded by Ceres Trust In a Nutshell: Maja & Carmen Black and Natasha Hegmann were interested in learning the impact of double-leader pruning on tomato yield and labor-time in their high tunnels. Cooperators measured data …


Publish Date
April 15, 2021

PFI Staff
Megan Sweeney
Cooperators
Maja and Carmen Black
Natasha Hegmann
Description

This project was funded by Ceres Trust In a Nutshell In this experiment, Alice McGary compared four bed preparation techniques for broccoli in order to reduce the soil compaction. McGary measured soil bulk density, soil penetration resistance (compaction), …


Publish Date
April 15, 2021

PFI Staff
Megan Sweeney
Cooperators
Alice McGary
Description

In a Nutshell: Jack Boyer, Eric Fynaardt, Kevin Holl and Rob Stout each conducted strip trials to test the effect of cereal rye cover crop termination date on corn disease pressure and corn yield. They each compared terminating …


Publish Date
April 15, 2021

PFI Staff
Stefan Gailans
Cooperators
Jack Boyer
Eric Fynaardt
Kevin Holl
Rob Stout
Collaborators
Dr. Alison Robertson, ISU Plant Pathology & Microbiology
Description

This research was funded by the Walton Family Foundation. In a Nutshell: Jon Bakehouse and Sam Bennett are interested in maximizing the benefits of cover crops to their soil, livestock, weed management and bottom lines. The objective of …


Publish Date
April 15, 2021

PFI Staff
Hayley Nelson
Cooperators
Jon Bakehouse
Sam Bennett
Description

This research was funded by Ceres Trust. In a Nutshell: Spinach is a popular cool-season vegetable, so Kate Edwards, Bonnie Riggan, Hannah Breckbill and Emily Fagan wanted to determine which spinach variety (Bloomsdale, Kolibri or Space) grew the …


Publish Date
April 8, 2021

PFI Staff
Emma Liddle
Cooperators
Kate Edwards
Hannah Breckbill & Emily Fagan
Bonnie Riggan
Description

This research was funded by Walton Family Foundation. In a Nutshell: Doug Alert and Margaret Smith typically co-seed oats with a red clover cover underseeding in their organic production system. Concerned about weed control, they were curious to …


Publish Date
April 8, 2021

PFI Staff
Stefan Gailans
Cooperators
Doug Alert & Margaret Smith
Description

This research was funded by Ceres Trust. In a Nutshell: Hannah Breckbill, Emily Fagan and Jon Yagla wanted to see which potting soil produced the best transplants in each of their farms’ production systems, in order to determine …


Publish Date
March 31, 2021

PFI Staff
Emma Liddle
Cooperators
Hannah Brecbill & Emily Fagan
Jon Yagla
Description

This project was funded by Ceres: Cluster In a Nutshell In the first year of the trial, Maja and Carmen Black were interested to see if there was a difference in the weight gain of the lambs between …


Publish Date
March 25, 2021

PFI Staff
Megan Sweeney
Cooperators
Carmen and Maja Black
Description

This project was funded by Ceres Trust. Structured observation of nectar resources (flowers) on one PFI farm reveals patterns of flower abundance and diversity that could influence farm management decisions to benefit pollinators. Background The objective of this …


Publish Date
March 25, 2021

PFI Staff
Jorgen Rose
Cooperators
Jake Kundert
Description

This research was funded by Walton Family Foundation. In a Nutshell: The appeal of interseeding a cover crop in June is twofold: 1). The seeding operation occurs at a relatively less busy time of year and 2). Seeding …


Publish Date
March 18, 2021

PFI Staff
Stefan Gailans
Cooperators
Jack Boyer
Description

This research was funded by Walton Family Foundation. In a Nutshell: Dick Sloan hoped to determine which of two clover green manure mixes interseeded to an established winter small grain crop would be more profitable and sustainable in …


Publish Date
March 18, 2021

PFI Staff
Hayley Nelson
Cooperators
Dick Sloan