Small Grains

Iowa was once a nationwide leader in small grain production, especially oats, but many farm families haven’t grown them for a generation. Now that more and more members have become interested in growing small grains, Practical Farmers of Iowa’s staff and members have been busy compiling information about how to plant, harvest, store, and sell small grains.

Over the years, Practical Farmers have held sessions on Small grains at our annual conference:

On Jan. 21-22, Practical Farmers of Iowa put on the  “Growing Good Small Grains” short course prior to the annual conference. Speaker presentations from the course can be found here:

Small Grains Market Update (Jessie VanderPoel)

ISU Oat Variety Trials : 201220132014 – 2015ne – 2015nc

Illinois Wheat and oat Variety Trials

Nebraska Hard Winter Wheat Variety Trials

Minnesota Small Grain Variety Trials:  Oats Barley Spring Wheat

Practical Farmers of Iowa Oat Variety Trial: 20152016

North Dakota State University: Oat/Barley/Rye – Spring Wheat –  Winter Wheat 

South Dakota State University: Oat – Spring Wheat – Winter Wheat 

University of Wisconsin: Oat/Barley – Winter Wheat


Contact Infromation

For more information about on-farm research or cover crops programming, contact: Stefan Gailans at stefan@practicalfarmers.org.