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In a Nutshell: Raising pigs on pasture increases the exposure to and intake of forages, which can affect the fatty acid composition of pork. Grass-fed animal fats contain higher proportions of omega-3 fatty acids than grain-fed animals. Increased …


Publish Date
April 25, 2019

PFI Staff
Celize Christy
Cooperators
John and Holly Arbuckle
Description

In a Nutshell: Lee Matteson and Rose Schick determined differences in cost and labor for strawberry bed establishment using two methods: biodegradable plastic and a matted row of mulch. The farmers tracked labor, expenses, yield, and revenue during …


Publish Date
April 24, 2019

PFI Staff
Liz Kolbe
Cooperators
Lee Matteson
Rose Schick
Description

In a Nutshell: Planting soybeans within one day of terminating a cereal rye cover crop does not reduce yield and can improve weed control compared to terminating the cover crop 10–14 days prior to planting soybeans. In experimental …


Publish Date
April 18, 2019

PFI Staff
Stefan Gailans
Cooperators
Jack Boyer
Tim Sieren
Description

In a Nutshell: A successful management strategy for corn and soybeans following a cereal rye cover crop may differ across farms in terms of tillage, N fertilizer application or both. Farmer-cooperators Jack Boyer, Tim Sieren and Jeremy Gustafson …


Publish Date
April 4, 2019

PFI Staff
Stefan Gailans
Cooperators
Jack Boyer
Tim Sieren
Jeremy Gustafson
Description

In a Nutshell: Proper management is required for successfully overcoming yield drag in corn following a cereal rye cover crop. This typically involves waiting 10-14 days between cover crop termination and corn planting as well as applying a …


Publish Date
April 2, 2019

PFI Staff
Stefan Gailans
Cooperators
Jon Bakehouse
Mike Jackson
Michael Vittetoe
Loran Steinlage
Jack Boyer
Description

By Hayley Nelson and Stefan Gailans In a Nutshell: The costs associated with planting and managing cover crops are a barrier to adoption for many growers despite the benefits to weed control and soil and water quality. Farmer-cooperator …


Publish Date
March 26, 2019

PFI Staff
Hayley Nelson
Cooperators
Sam Bennett
Description

In a Nutshell: Proper variety selection and timely management are necessary to raise a profitable oat crop. 16 oat varieties were screened at three Iowa State University research farms and one commercial farm. Key Findings: Top yield performers …


Publish Date
January 31, 2019

PFI Staff
Stefan Gailans
Cooperators
Matt Schnabel (ISU Northern Research Farm; ISU Ag Engineering and Agronomy Farm)
Ken Pecinovsky (ISU Northeast Research Farm)
Wendy Johnson
Collaborators
Brian Lang, ISU Extension and Outreach
Bruce Roskens, Grain Millers, Inc.
Description

In a Nutshell: Interseeding cover crops to corn at the V4 stage has been met with mixed success, likely because of shading by the tall corn canopy later in the season hindering cover crop growth. Cooperators evaluated the …


Publish Date
January 24, 2019

PFI Staff
Stefan Gailans
Cooperators
Fred Abels
Jack Boyer
Brian & Heather Kessel and Jim Johnson
Chris Teachout
Description

Summary Farmers reported that in 61 of 68 site-years, properly managed cover crops had little to no negative effect on corn and soybean yield (and actually increased soybean yield in 8 site-years and corn yield in 3 site-years).


Publish Date
January 3, 2019

PFI Staff
Stefan Gailans
Cooperators
Bill Buman
Randy Caviness
Jim Funcke
Devan Green
Rick Juchems
Rob Davis & Darwin Pierce
Mark Pokorny
George Schaefer
Jerry Sindt
Rob Stout
Gary & Dave Nelson
Kelly Tobin
Collaborators
Iowa Learning Farms
Description

In a Nutshell Eight fruit and vegetable farms provided a profit-loss statement and simple balance sheet for four years (2013 – 2016). Five of the farms averaged more than $24,000/ac in gross revenue for the 4-year period. Four …


Publish Date
June 18, 2018

PFI Staff
Liz Kolbe
Cooperators
8 PFI Fruit and Vegetable Producers
Description

In a Nutshell Four diversified vegetable farms planted strips of an annual flower mix. Farms assessed flower establishment and attractiveness to insects. Key Findings Buckwheat dominated the mix, providing early blooms but perhaps to the detriment of other …


Publish Date
April 12, 2018

PFI Staff
Liz Kolbe
Cooperators
Jill Beebout
Alice McGary
Rob Faux
Sarah Foltz Jordan
Description

In a Nutshell Green manure cover crops best fit into extended and diversified crop rotations between the small grain and corn phases of the rotation. They can either be underseeded with a small grain crops in early spring …


Publish Date
January 17, 2018

PFI Staff
Stefan Gailans
Cooperators
Doug Alert & Margaret Smith
Vic Madsen
David Weisberger and Mary Wiedenhoeft