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A brief glimmer of hope for early corn and soybean harvest in Iowa this year was doused in torrential rains through the end of September and early October. Not only does this affect corn and soybean quality, but it also prevented farmers from planting a winter small grain by the optimal seeding date of October […]

October 18, 2018 

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Rye is commonly known by farmers in the Midwest as a cover or green manure crop. A small amount is grown as a grain, and an even lesser amount is being fed to pigs. Across Europe, pig producers include rye in feed rations for their grow-finish pigs, gestating, and lactating sows. Rye has a mixed […]

October 4, 2018 

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Have you heard the good news? PFI was awarded a new NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant that will allow us to continue offering small grains cost share in 2019-2021. And now we will have the opportunity to offer the cost share in more states! If you’re interested in our small grains cost share, submit your contact info […]

September 26, 2018 

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Prices for cover crop seed are high this year – particularly cereal rye, our most popular cover crop in Iowa. An enterprising farmer might look at this situation and say “hmmmm looks like a good time to get into the cover crop seed business.” As with any new enterprise, there are regulations to consider before […]

September 25, 2018 

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Oats as a feed grain for pigs is nothing new, yet many producers are concerned over the high fiber content and low test weight.  Well-balanced small grain-based diets can perform as well as corn- and soy-based diets, especially when oats are dehulled and fed to gestating sows. Nutritional Quality and Health Benefits of Oats Nutritionally, […]

September 11, 2018 

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Dr. Joel Gruver and the Allison Organic Research Farm hosted a group of PFI members on Wednesday, August 15. The farm began in 1989 when Western Illinois University was looking to do research on pesticide-free farming practices. Today, the farm is 77 rented acres and has been certified organic since 2009. Recently, the area has […]

 

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Dennis Carney’s conservation ethic stems from observing too much soil erosion and soil movement into streams and rivers. He’s a fifth generation grain farmer between Marble Rock and Greene in north-central Iowa. Most will deny that soil erosion is of any concern on such a flat landscape teeming with rich, black soils. But Dennis outright […]

 

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Field day will explore benefits of adding cover crops, small grains and livestock to row-crop farm – Sept. 10, near StantonFor Release: August 28, 2018 Contacts: Mark Peterson | Bent Gate Farm | (712) 370-4004 | markpete@myfmtc.com | facebook.com/petersonbentgatefarm Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | [...]

August 28, 2018 

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Field day will explore benefits of cover crops and no-till – Sept. 6, near Marble RockFor Release: August 23, 2018 Contacts: Dennis Carney | dacarney27@gmail.com | (641) 330-6545 Tamsyn Jones | Outreach & Publications Coordinator | Practical Farmers of Iowa | (515) 232-5661 | tamsyn@practicalfarmers.org MARBLE ROCK, Iowa — Whether it’s machinery, soil fertility or [...]

August 23, 2018 

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Scott Shriver of Shriver Farms started with 40 organic acres back in 1998, and today he farms 2,000 organic acres. After 20 years of organic weed control in corn and soybeans, Scott shared his experiences with 115 attendees at a recent PFI field day. Shriver Farms was homesteaded by Scott’s great-grandfather in 1876. Scott came […]

August 22, 2018 

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