Member Priority: Small Grains

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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 


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 


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 


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 


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 


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 


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 


Willie Hughes and family welcomed a diverse group of field day attendees on July 12th to his family’s farm operation of 4700 acres outside of Janesville, WI with these words, “Today we will not see beautiful stands of conventional and organic corn and soybeans but visit the front lines of sustainability: small grains, cover crops […]

August 13, 2018 


It seems like breweries, both large and small, are getting creative with their products. Consumers are more and more interested in finding unique-tasting products and some are seeking out the locally-sourced brews. So, how do breweries source their ingredients to make a tasty end product? And how can farmers find ways to tap into these […]

August 10, 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