2016 Practical Farmers of Iowa summer and early-fall field days and events

Staff Writer
Tri-County Times

June 15 — Effects of a Custom-Made Roller-Crimper on Rye Cover – Churdan

June 20 — Reintegrating Small Grains into an Organic Crop Rotation – Polk City

June 21 — Berries + Veggie Starts + Potted Flowers – Orchard

June 23 — Cut Flowers: Production, Handling Marketing and More – Lamoni

June 25 — Managed Grazing to Improve Pasture and Cropland – Cherokee

June 28 — Improving Soil and Pasture Through Management Intensive Grazing – Bloomfield

June 30 — Working Together to Keep Children on the Farm – Knoxville

July 10 — Pruning and Managing a Medium-Scale Orchard – Central City

July 13 — Conservation Practices on a Century Farm – Slater

July 16 — PFI Farmland Owner Award Ceremony and Farm Tour – Carlisle

July 17 — ZJ to Sundog: Sharing Knowledge and Passing on the Farm – Solon

July 25 — RAGBRAI Fun in Stanton – Stanton

July 27 — From a Soil Conservation to a Soil Regeneration Mindset – Hastings

July 30 — Working Together: Benefits of Mentoring and Collaborating – Avoca

August 5 — Pork from Pasture (and Woodlot) to Plate – Knoxville

August 7 — Starting a Market Garden – Grinnell

August 13 — 7 Farmers, 10 Enterprises: Diversity at 7 W Farm – Paullina

August 14 — Partnerships: On-Farm Research and Pollinators – Kanawha

August 20 — Voluntary Robotic Milking and Baleage for Improved Dairy Production – Wilton

August 20 — Workshop: Enhancing Pollinator Habitat – Tripoli

August 25 — Practical Farmers Summer Social and Open House – Ames

Sept. 10 — Hazelnut Production and Marketing – Fenton

Sept. 12-15 — Livestock Marketing and Stockmanship Schools – Exira

Sept. 25 — Packhouse Tour and Harvest Efficiency – Decorah

Sept. 28 — Using Ultrasound as a Tool in Grass-Finishing Cattle – Maxwell

October 15 — Grading Grass-Finished Carcasses for Meat Quality – Mingo

Nov. 15-17 — The Web of Life: Three Days with Fred Provenza – Winterset

All field days feature farmer-led discussions and farm or field tours, and many feature local foods and potlucks. Details are in Practical Farmers’ freshly printed “2016 Field Day Guide,” available at practicalfarmers.org, or for free in print. To request a guide by mail, call the PFI office at (515) 232-5661.

Practical Farmers’ 2016 field days are supported by several sustaining and major sponsors, including: Albert Lea Seed; Applegate Organic & Natural Meats; Center for Rural Affairs; Featherman Equipment; Grain Millers, Inc.; Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance; Iowa Beef Center; Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH); Iowa Cover Crop; Iowa Environmental Council; Iowa State University Department of Agronomy; ISU Extension and Outreach; ISU Graduate Program in Sustainable Agriculture; Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture; Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES); MOSA Organic Certification; National Wildlife Federation; Natural Resources Defense Council; North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE); Organic Valley – Organic Prairie – CROPP Cooperative; RIMOL Greenhouse Systems; Riverside Feeds, LLC; Soil First; The Yield Lab; Trees Forever; Wallace Chair for Sustainable Agriculture; Welter Seed & Honey Co.; and Willcross Soybeans.