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The results from the 2020 iteration of "Planting Corn in 60-in. Row-Widths for Interseeding Cover Crops" are now published on our website.

This was the third year participants in Practical Farmers of Iowa's Cooperators' Program conducted on-farm research exploring whether planting corn in 60-inch row-widths improves the success of interseeding cover crops to the corn in early summer while maintaining corn grain yield.

In the photo above, Tim Sieren of Keota interseeds cover crops to corn with a drill on June 6, 2020.

Other farmers involved in this project include Fred Abels of Holland, Nathan Anderson of Aurelia, Jeff Olson of Winfield and Mark Yoder of Leon.
6 new session recordings from the virtual conference
Recordings from the annual conference are starting to trickle in. Subscribe to our YouTube channel or check the video archive on our website to catch our latest uploads!
From the winter magazine:
Looking for farmers to test oat varieties in 2021
PFI is seeking farmers to test the efficacy of our small-grain selector tool by growing their typical oat variety alongside a variety predicted to do well by a genotype-by-environment model. PFI will help with trial design and provide compensation.

This is a perfect opportunity to test two oat varieties side-by-side and compare their performance on your own farm.

If you’re interested in participating, or want more information, please contact Lydia English at lydia@practicalfarmers.org.
Tuesday's pastured pig farminar has been published on our website. Watch Dayna and Steve dive into pasture-finishing pigs!

Dayna Burtness has been raising pastured pigs since 2015 at Nettle Valley Farm in southeast Minnesota. In this farminar, she asks Steve Deibele, an experienced pig farmer, her top five questions around finishing pigs on pasture
Feb. 16 | 7-8:30 p.m.

Father and son team, Jon and Jared Luhman, operate Dry Creek Red Angus in Goodhue, Minnesota.

The Luhmans will discuss their winter grazing arrangements and how they work out the finances to benefit both the landowner and themselves.
Join fellow horticultural farmers on Fridays from 4-5 p.m. CST for a series of virtual meet-ups to close out the winter!

These events are FREE and open to all growers. You don’t have to be a PFI member to attend. If you grow annual vegetables, perennial fruits, nuts or cut flowers – or if you direct-market other products (meat, cheese, etc.), and these topics look interesting – please join us!
Feb. 16: Farminar - Contract Grazing Cover Crops
7-8:30 p.m. | Online

Feb. 19: Virtual Meet-Up- Seed Orders, Starts, Early Planting
4-5 p.m. | Online
Feb. 23: Farminar - High Tunnel Maintenence
7-8:30 p.m. | Online

Feb. 26: Virtual Meet-Up- Planning Fields
4-5 p.m. | Online
Members in the News
Kate Edwards of Iowa City, Iowa, was featured in Progressive Farmer: Land Ho!
PFI in the News
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