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Following a 2016 tomato trial on Rebelski and Mountain Fresh Plus, three farms conducted replicated variety trials in their high tunnels on Big Beef, Rebelski, and Big Dena. Each farmer planted two tomato varieties inside a high tunnel in a randomized, paired trial. Farmer-researchers for this trial were: Tim Landgraf (One Step at a Time Gardens in Kanawha), Lee Matteson and Rose Schick (Lee’s Greens in Nevada), and Mark Quee (Scattergood Farm at Scattergood Friends School in West Branch). Spacing, mulch, trellis style, and planting date were determined by farm, and described in Table 2. Plants for the trial were started indoors and transplanted to the high tunnel (in-ground).

November 20, 2017 

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Successfully raising corn after a cover crop requires timely cover crop termination and N fertilization. Commonly, farmers terminate a cover crop 2-3 weeks prior to planting corn but generally do not need to apply any more N than if they did not use a cover crop. Last year, PFI farmer-cooperator Dick Sloan attempted “planting green”: planting […]

 

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Cover crops are gaining new attention for their ability to reduce weed pressure in soybeans. Specifically, when seeding soybeans directly into a thick cover crop. In the past two years, farmer-researchers Jeremy Gustafson and Jack Boyer have documented reduced herbicide use when planting soybeans into a tall, thick cereal rye cover crop that they chemically terminated […]

November 15, 2017 

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Continuing work from the previous two years, Practical Farmers of Iowa and partners conducted another round of oat variety trials in 2017. Fifteen varieties were screened at two Iowa State University research farms (Kanawha, Nashua) and one PFI farmer-member farm (Wayne Koehler, Charles City)  Find the new report here: Oat Variety and Fungicide Trials 2017. […]

October 17, 2017 

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PFI Cooperators’ Program celebrates 30 years of farmer-led on-farm researchFor Release: September 28, 2017 Tom Frantzen, New Hampton Dick Sloan, Rowley Jeff Olson, Winfield Contacts: Nick Ohde | Research & Media Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | [email protected] Stefan Gailans | Research & Field Crops Director | Practical Farmers of Iowa [...]

September 28, 2017 

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In Iowa corn-soybean production systems, cover crops are typically aerially seeded into standing crops around the time of physiological maturity or drilled immediately following corn or soybean harvest. Previous on-farm research conducted by Jack Boyer has shown that seeding cover crops earlier in the fall can translate to greater fall and spring biomass. This may present […]

August 23, 2017 

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Field day will explore goat grazing from pasture to market – Aug. 17, WalkerFor Release: August 3, 2017 Download PDF (103 kB) Cheryl Hopkins Goats at Frog Hollow Farm Goats at Frog Hollow Farm Contacts: Cheryl and Mike Hopkins | Frog Hollow Farm | (319) 721-0269| [email protected] Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | [...]

August 3, 2017 

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of Practical Farmers’ Cooperators’ Program. Since 1987, members have been conducting on-farm research to answer questions they have about their farming operations. It’s one of the ways we accomplish our mission: Strengthening farms and communities through farmer-led investigation and information sharing. The Research Protocols forms outlining research projects for […]

August 2, 2017 

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The fifth and final iteration of Practical Farmers’ Cover Crop Variety Trial has just been released: Cover Crop Variety Trial, 2016-2017. As with the previous iterations, cooperators hand-seeded cover crops into small plots and assessed groundcover in the fall (prior to hard freeze) and the following spring (prior to termination). Cover crop entries studied in […]

July 28, 2017 

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Leaving Home, Flying Home The tall Pampas now strips, corners. Soy in bare fields. Each year easier to leave Bobolink’s goodbye Argentina. Wing beat by wing beat not knowing, following faith. Somewhere in Iowa the tallgrass waves. Still, for one more generation. Melody of meadowlark beckoning you? Beat by tired beat Home when you can […]

July 10, 2017 

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