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
Specialty corn varieties are bred to express quality profiles that are more suitable for livestock feed than standard, conventional corn varieties. With that in mind, John Gilbert, of Gibralter Farms near Iowa Falls, investigated different fertilizer practices to improve productivity of a specialty corn variety (cv. GEI 101) he has deemed to possess a desirable quality profile […]
April 28, 2015
Recent interest in micronutrients, such as boron, has farmers curious about yield impacts of in-season, foliar applications of these micronutrients to commodity crops. Intrigued by an article he read in Wallaces Farmer a few years ago and learning that deficiencies in micronutrients are typically localized, farmer-cooperator, Duane Johnson of Lohrville in Calhoun County, compared soybeans that received a foliar application of boron with those that […]
April 23, 2015
The Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy, released in 2012, outlined several practices farmers can implement to reduce nonpoint source pollution. One such practice is the use of a nitrogen stabilizer when applying manure to crop ground in the fall. A nitrogen stabilizer works by slowing the conversion of nitrogen in the manure to nitrate by soil microbes. This […]
March 23, 2015
Back in December 2014, Practical Farmers of Iowa rolled out several research reports from on-farm trials conducted earlier that year. In the coming weeks, we plan on highlighting each of those research right here on The Practical Blog. One of those reports addressed the agronomic and economic effect of neonicotinoid seed treatments in soybean production. You […]
February 23, 2015
Shanen and Beau Ebersole, of Ebersole Cattle Co., will share their expertise raising grain-finished beef cattle with no hormones or antibiotics. Learn about issues from production to marketing methods, then listen in as the Ebersoles answer beginning farmer Dave Hill’s questions on starting up this type of enterprise.
December 30, 2014
The Sieren Family—Tim; his wife, Ethel; his father, Denny; his daughter, Nicole Strand; and numerous grandchildren (4 generations!)—hosted over 60 people on their farm, Green Iron Farms, near Keota for a Practical Farmers of Iowa field day on June 10. Tim currently farms the land his father, Denny, used to farm. Tim and Denny explained […]
June 12, 2014