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Farmers invited to workshop on adding pollinator habitat – Aug. 20, TripoliFor Release: August 9, 2016 Download PDF (82 KB) Sarah Foltz Jordan, pollinator conservation specialist with Xerces Society Rob and Tammy Faux, Genuine Faux Farm Steve Schmidt A native bumblebee visits an aster flower. Contacts: Lauren Zastrow | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) [...]

August 9, 2016 


In a Nutshell
• Fifteen farms participated in fruit and
vegetable production recordkeeping
to date.
• The purpose of the project was to
create Iowa-specific production
histories for:
• producers to have baseline
• the advancement of crop
insurance options,
• and to provide information about
typical Iowa production for
• Actual yields exceeded FSA-NAP
yield estimates for most crop

May 10, 2016 


While selective breeding has improved
production of eggs or meat in different
duck breeds, some are considered
dual-purpose, producing both meat
and eggs acceptably.
• Given identical housing, environment,
management, and feed, any differences
should be due to breed of the
• Which better fits the management
style of the Fauxes and generates the
best financial return?
• Muscovy ducks finished at a greater
weight and consumed less feed, generating
a positive net return.
• Appleyard ducks weighed less but
used more feed than Muscovys, but
were much better foragers and may
flourish in a lower-input system.
• Muscovys better fit the Fauxes’ existing
system and customer base, but the
Appleyards may have a niche in highforage,
low-management systems
or for customers preferring “wilder”
tasting meat.

April 30, 2015 


Fruit and Vegetable farmers use cover
crops to improve nutrient cycling
and control weeds for increased
production efficiency.
• Summer cover crops can be challenge
due to dry conditions.
• Four farms evaluated summer cover
crops to determine aboveground
biomass production, carbon and
nitrogen produced, effects on
subsequent cash crop germination
and effects on subsequent weed seed
• Summer-seeded cover crops produced
between 192 and 14,157 lb of
biomass per acre across the farms.
Species selection, location and days
of cover crop growth tended to dictate
biomass production.
• Not surprisingly, legume species
contained more N than nonlegumes,
though buckwheat also
tended to contain a large amount
of N.

December 5, 2014