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Cover crop farmer experts available for Q&A at Farm Progress ShowFor Release: August 16, 2018 Nathan Anderson – Aurelia Robert Harvey – Redfield Ann Franzenburg – Van Horne Mark Peterson – Stanton Sandi and Ward Van Dyke – Reasnor Jack Boyer – Reinbeck Lisa Schulte Moore – Ames Sam Bennett – Galva Fred Abels – [...]

August 16, 2018 


On June 28 about 50 folks gathered in a church just west of Bedford in southwest Iowa to learn about small grains production; malting and brewing beer; and proper grazing management in pastures and cover crops. Our agenda was packed with speakers ranging from farmers to home brewers to extension agronomists – headed up by […]

July 23, 2018 


Farmers today can be bombarded with soil test results, but without proper context or interpretation, a plan to act on these results is difficult to decide upon. The Haney Test takes a novel approach to determine fertilizer recommendations while considering soil microbial activity and carbon and nitrogen concentration. Soil microbial ecologist Sarah Hargreaves will address how soil microbial activity translates into nutrient turnover and what this means for a farmer. Farmer Paul Ackley will explain how he’s been using the Haney Test results to reduce his fertilizer rates and maintain crop yields.

December 2, 2015 


Practical Farmers of Iowa’s 2015 fall farminar series starts Nov. 10For Release: October 28, 2015 Download PDF (557 KB) Topics range from high tunnel production to soil tests and grazing cover cropsAmes, Iowa — It’s that time of the year again: cooler nights, shorter days, harvest wrapping up – the perfect time to reflect on [...]

October 28, 2015 


Paul and Nancy Ackley welcomed close to 50 people to their farm near Bedford in Taylor County to showcase the diversity they are cultivating by integrating crops, cover crops and cattle. Paul is a soil and water commissioner for Taylor County and frequently thinks about what is best for the soil when making decisions on […]

September 16, 2015 


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 


Practical Farmers of Iowa farm tour will showcase how farmers are using cover crops to combat compaction Aug. 21, in Taylor County For Release: August 14, 2012 Download PDF (284 KB) View Fullscreen

August 14, 2012 


Conference Highlights Groundbreaking Research to Help Farmers Weather Economic Booms and BustsFor Release: December 28, 2011 Download PDF (124 KB) View Fullscreen

December 28, 2011 


Iowa Learning Farms and Practical Farmers of Iowa Co-Host August 30 Field DayFor Release: August 17, 2011 Download PDF (327 KB) View Fullscreen

August 17, 2011