fbpx

Person: Doug Alert

22 posts

Refine search

fit into extended and diversified
crop rotations between the
small grain and corn phases of
the rotation. They can either be
underseeded with a small grain
crops in early spring or planted
in the summer following small
grain harvest.
• Farmer-cooperators Doug
Alert & Margaret Smith and
Vic Madsen compared corn
following two green manure
strategies: red clover or alfalfa
underseeded with oats (US) vs. a
mix of sunn hemp, sweet clover,
red clover and radish planted in
mid-summer after oat harvest
(MSS).
Key Findings
• Weed biomass in oats in mid-July
was no different with or without
the underseeding at both farms.
• By mid-October 2016, the US
(red clover) produced more
aboverground biomass than
the MSS by almost 1,000 lb/ac
at Alert/Smith’s. The opposite
was true at Madsen’s: the MSS
produced more biomass than the
US (alfalfa) by approx. 800 lb/ac.
• Corn yields were no different
between the two green manure
treatments at both farms.

January 17, 2018 

RESEARCH REPORT

Are you growing rye or winter wheat for grain or seed this year? What’s the plan after your harvest? If you’re looking to add nitrogen for a 2019 corn crop, now might be the time to think about frost seeding red clover into that rye or wheat in late February. The research is clear: if […]

 

BLOG POST

Ever wondered about terminating a cover crop without using herbicides or tillage? Rolling a cover crop (or roll-crimping) may be something for you to think about. Three PFI members share their experience with using this technique in the article “Rolling Cover Crops” in the March issue of Wallaces Farmer. When done correctly (more on this in […]

March 17, 2016 

BLOG POST

At the Practical Farmers of Iowa annual conference last month, we held a session on terminating cover crops with rolling equipment. This session featured three farmers (Doug Alert, Dave Schmidt & Francis Thicke) sharing their experiences with rolling a cover crop from the 2015 growing season. Rolling a cover crop is not a common technique for terminating cover […]

February 10, 2016 

BLOG POST

Long-time PFI farmers Doug Alert and Margaret Smith welcomed close to 60 people to their organic farm, Ash Grove Farm near Hampton, on July 7 to learn about beginning and advanced organic farming tactics. Chief among the topics discussed was terminating a cover crop with the roller-crimper method. It had been several years since Doug […]

July 14, 2015 

BLOG POST

Labor4Learning Program helps beginning farmers get paid on-the-job training from ten established farms around IowaFor Release: January 29, 2013 Download PDF (231 KB) View Fullscreen

January 29, 2013 

NEWS RELEASE

Master Researchers to Receive Award at Practical Farmers of Iowa Cooperators’ Meeting DinnerFor Release: January 29, 2013 Download PDF (275 KB) View Fullscreen

 

NEWS RELEASE

PFI Flame Cultivation Research in Corn – Effectiveness and CostPublished: February 11, 2008 Download PDF (320 KB) View Fullscreen

February 11, 2008 

RESEARCH REPORT

Weeds and Cover CropsPublished: February 10, 2008 Download PDF (266 KB) View Fullscreen

February 10, 2008 

RESEARCH REPORT

Flax as Niche CropPublished: February 9, 2008 Download PDF (350 KB) View Fullscreen

February 9, 2008 

RESEARCH REPORT