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Terry first learned to save seeds from her mother. Her mother would remove the seeds from the pulp, put the seeds in a glass with some water, and see if they sank. The ones that didn’t sink, she would pour off. The good seeds she would dry on a paper bag on top of the […]

August 30, 2018 


“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 


“You’ve heard the song ‘Stuck in the Middle with You,’ that’s basically what I am,” says Craig Fleishman of Minburn. He hosted a field day on June 28 on his farm, Cardinal Farm. “I’m halfway between organic and industrial ag,” he says, “What I’m trying to do here is reach a balance between steel and […]

July 31, 2017 


According to the 2014 Organic Survey, Iowa ranked No. 10 in organic sales, but the state has since fallen out of the top 10. Given that organic sales rose nationally by 13% from 2014 to 2015, though, interest in organic farming and produce remains strong among consumers. Interest also remains strong among farmers in Iowa. […]

July 20, 2017 


In case you aren’t able to make it to the Frantzen Farm tomorrow to learn about the ways they are addressing giant ragweed on their farm, check out this video of the – “Ragweed Roundtable” – a conference session Tom led at the PFI conference in January. He gives a description of his farm, the […]

June 28, 2017 


Jill likes the 2-wheel tractors for their size – they’re right for her farm, and for her. “I’m not a very large human being,” she says. “If a piece of equipment is going to fight me, I don’t have time for it. These machines are not intimidating; if you can run a lawnmower, you can […]

May 31, 2017 


Ahead of our annual conference last month, we held a short course titled “Conserving $$ and Soil.” Often the conservation of farm production input costs and soil might be considered at odds with one another. Soil conservation efforts are thought to cost money to implement and/or they might involve producing less which would in turn lose […]

February 1, 2017 


Last week, we released a new research report, “Cereal Rye Cover Crop Termination Date Ahead of Soybeans, 2016 Update.” The cooperators involved, Jeremy Gustafson and Jack Boyer, saw no ill effects of planting soybeans within 5 days of terminating a cereal rye cover crop. They were both able to reap some cost savings in weed […]

December 7, 2016 


Delaying cover crop termination until near soybean planting would allow for more biomass production by the cover crop in the spring presenting the opportunity for more environmental benefit. Two farmer-cooperators continued work they began in 2015 that compares terminating a cereal rye cover crop 2-3 weeks prior to seeding soybeans (early termination) with terminating the […]

November 30, 2016 


On June 15, Billy Sammons, George Naylor, Joanna Hunter and Patti Edwardson kicked off Practical Farmers’ 2016 field day season. They had 110 people attend near Churdan to learn about using a roller-crimper to terminate a cereal rye cover crop ahead of soybeans. Both couples are transitioning acres into organic production. By using a roller-crimper, […]

June 22, 2016