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Oats as a feed grain for pigs is nothing new, yet many producers are concerned over the high fiber content and low test weight.  Well-balanced small grain-based diets can perform as well as corn- and soy-based diets, especially when oats are dehulled and fed to gestating sows. Nutritional Quality and Health Benefits of Oats Nutritionally, […]

September 11, 2018 

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Dr. Joel Gruver and the Allison Organic Research Farm hosted a group of PFI members on Wednesday, August 15. The farm began in 1989 when Western Illinois University was looking to do research on pesticide-free farming practices. Today, the farm is 77 rented acres and has been certified organic since 2009. Recently, the area has […]

 

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Dennis Carney’s conservation ethic stems from observing too much soil erosion and soil movement into streams and rivers. He’s a fifth generation grain farmer between Marble Rock and Greene in north-central Iowa. Most will deny that soil erosion is of any concern on such a flat landscape teeming with rich, black soils. But Dennis outright […]

 

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Field day will explore benefits of adding cover crops, small grains and livestock to row-crop farm – Sept. 10, near StantonFor Release: August 28, 2018 Contacts: Mark Peterson | Bent Gate Farm | (712) 370-4004 | markpete@myfmtc.com | facebook.com/petersonbentgatefarm Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | [...]

August 28, 2018 

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Field day will explore benefits of cover crops and no-till – Sept. 6, near Marble RockFor Release: August 23, 2018 Contacts: Dennis Carney | dacarney27@gmail.com | (641) 330-6545 Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | tamsyn@practicalfarmers.org MARBLE ROCK, Iowa — Whether it’s machinery, soil fertility or [...]

August 23, 2018 

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Scott Shriver of Shriver Farms started with 40 organic acres back in 1998, and today he farms 2,000 organic acres. After 20 years of organic weed control in corn and soybeans, Scott shared his experiences with 115 attendees at a recent PFI field day. Shriver Farms was homesteaded by Scott’s great-grandfather in 1876. Scott came […]

August 22, 2018 

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Cover crop farmer experts available for Q&A at Farm Progress ShowFor Release: August 16, 2018 Nathan Anderson – Aurelia Robert Harvey – Redfield Ann Franzenburg – Van Horne Mark Peterson – Stanton Sandi and Ward Van Dyke – Reasnor Jack Boyer – Reinbeck Lisa Schulte Moore – Ames Sam Bennett – Galva Fred Abels – [...]

August 16, 2018 

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It may still be summer, but it’s time to start thinking about planting cover crops. Our cover crop directory is a great resource for locating cover crop seed suppliers and seeding services in your area. We update it every year to include businesses that sell cover crop seed, provide cover crop seeding services, custom cover […]

 

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“What’s your favorite summer activity?” Attendees at Wilson’s field day July 20 near Paullina kicked off the day by introducing themselves and answering this question. Member Pedro Esquivas got kudos for traveling the farthest, from Madrid, Spain! Long-time member Paul Mugge who farms near Sutherland had the funniest answer: walking beans. Dan and Lorna introduced […]

August 8, 2018 

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Shriver Farms will host organic weed control field day – Aug. 7, near JeffersonFor Release: July 27, 2018 Contacts: Scott Shriver | Shriver Farms, LLC | (515) 370-0036 | shriverfarms@gmail.com Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | tamsyn@practicalfarmers.org JEFFERSON, Iowa — Converting some crop acres to [...]

July 27, 2018 

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