Member Priority: Cover Crops

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For more than 30 years now, Practical Farmers has remained focused on helping farmers build resilient farms and communities, primarily through on-farm investigation and farmer to farmer education. As our membership has diversified since the 1980’s, we’ve continued to build our farmer-led niche to include programming for nearly all enterprises and production practices. PFI’s number […]

May 18, 2018 


Our sixth field day, as part of our 2018 Cover Crop Caravan series, was hosted by Zak Kennedy on April 5 in Atlantic. Cover crops were greening up in southwest Iowa and 25 people came out to hear from Zak Kennedy talk about how he integrates cover crops into his cattle feeding operation. Zak, his wife […]

April 27, 2018 


In Iowa and across the Cornbelt a late fall cover crop planting date and cold spring has left farmers with reservations about terminating cover crops now when it’s so small, especially if weed control is a primary goal. But, in order to comply with standard crop insurance rules, farmers would have to go ahead and […]

April 26, 2018 


Our fourth field day, as part of our 2018 Cover Crop Caravan series, was hosted by Bill Frederick on April 3 in Jefferson. On this snowy day, 30 people gathered in Bill’s heated shop to hear from three young farmers who’ve had success integrating cattle into their cover crop systems. Bill, and his friends Dusty […]

April 25, 2018 


New online tool can help farmers see value of cover crops and paths to profitabilityFor Release: April 12, 2018 Contact: Tamsyn Jones | Outreach and Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers | (515) 232-5661 | Meghan Filbert | Livestock Coordinator | Practical Farmers | (515) 232-5661 | AMES, Iowa — A new decision-making tool [...]

April 12, 2018 


Our fifth stop on the cover crop caravan this spring took us to Postville in northeast Iowa. We were greeted that morning with a fresh snow fall that unfortunately made it impractical to see cover crops in action, luckily our presenters had lots of photos to remind us what spring and summer look like. Don […]

April 11, 2018 


On March 29th, 38 people braved the chilly weather to attend a field day hosted by Clark Thompson at the Royal Café in Story City, Iowa. Clark talked about his adoption of no-till and cover crops as well as his new bioreactor. After that, Doug Adams and Patrick Chase of the NRCS presented on soil […]

April 5, 2018 


“My goal with cover crops is to balance soil health and maximize crop production;” Steve Berger began his talk on cover crops for our March “shared learning call.” Steve farms near Wellman, IA and joined us on March 16th to share his practices for successfully managing a cereal rye cover crop on every acre of […]



Cover Crops to Reduce Herbicide Use in Soybeans Download PDF (578 KB) View Fullscreen

April 4, 2018 


Cover Crop Termination Method and Date for Soybeans Download PDF (337 KB) View Fullscreen