Normally, this section houses our photo of the week, but since this is the final "Practical News" issue of 2019, we wanted to feature our favorite photo of the year!
The winner, selected from all the images that appeared as photo of the week in "Practical News" this year, is a photo from
Paul Mugge's field day in Sutherland on July 19 that covered on-farm prairie and beneficial insect habitat.
In this photo,
Lydia English of the prairie strips project at Iowa State University, shared insight from their work at Paul’s farm and other farms across Iowa.
We chose this photo because we love the vibrant colors of Paul's blooming prairie strip contrasted against the ominous grey of the storm clouds overhead, the iconic wind turbines on the fields in the distance and the diverse crowd gathered at Paul's farm in the spirit of learning
– all facets of a vibrant Iowa landscape we value and are working to foster here at Practical Farmers of Iowa.