Learn how to improve or transition to organic row crops at a Practical Farmers of Iowa field day on Saturday, Aug. 28 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Sutherland. This field day is free and the public is invited. Snacks will be provided at 4 p.m.
Harriet Behar of MOSES (Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service) will explain the process of becoming organically certified with a focus on transitioning to organic row crops. Funding opportunities through Farm Bill Programs will be discussed. Sarah Carlson of Practical Farmers of Iowa will present a water infiltration and carbon study. Matt Oneal of Iowa State University will explain the function of prairie buffer strips for beneficial insects. Oneal will also explain the Aphid Resistant Soybean Trial. Stefans Gailans and Mary Wiedenhoeft will go over the results of a Canola Variety Trial with Red Clover.
Address: 6190 471 St., Sutherland, IA
Directions: Head north out of Cherokee on Hwy 59; go past Calumet. At the corner of Highways 10 and 59, turn left; head west to the first farm on the right (north side) of the hwy. Look for the PFI research signs.
This field day is in cooperation with the Natural Resources Conservation Service.