SUTHERLAND - Paul and Karen Mugge invite the public to attend a Practical Farmers of Iowa Field Day at their farm, Saturday, August 27, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
This free event will highlight a number of on-farm research projects that the Mugges have conducted in an attempt to improve their profitability and environmental stewardship. They will share data from an aphid-resistant soybean research trial that has been underway on the farm for two years now.
Guest speakers will include Eric Clifton, ISU graduate assistant, entomology; Stefans Gailans, ISU graduate assistant, agronomy; Erin Hodgson, ISU Extension assistant professor, entomology; Matt O'Neal, ISU assistant professor, entomology; and Mary Wiedenhoeft, ISU associate professor, agronomy.
They will be sharing information and answering questions about organic and non-GMO corn hybrids, non-GMO aphid-resistant versus susceptible soybean varieties, and adding winter canola into the farming rotation.
Learn about making ridge till work for you and how farming systems affect water infiltration and soil quality data as they review a second year of results from a study that collected data from several farms across Iowa. Finally, hear preliminary results from a study comparing Entomopathogenic fungi amounts in organic versus conventional farms' soils. Stay afterward for snacks and additional discussion.
"I'm looking forward to a good discussion with other farmers and to learning from one another," explains Paul. "We will hear about what's working for organic farmers in other parts of the state. This should give us some new ideas for a third rotation that provides both yield and price, and can make us a good profit."
The Mugges farm is a 500-acre organically certified farm. Their rotation consists of corn, soybean, small grains and some legumes. Oats, barley and canola are the current small grains in the rotation. The first field was certified in 2000.
Head north out of Cherokee on U.S. Highway 59. Pass through the town of Calumet. At the corner of Hwy 10 and 59, turn left. Head west to the first farm on the right side (north side) of the highway, look for the PFI research sign.
Practical Farmers of Iowa and its members will be hosting more than 30 field days in 2011. Most field days are free, and everybody is welcome to all of them. For a copy of the 2011 Field Day Guide, you can call the PFI office at 515-232-5661 or download a printable PDF at http://practicalfarmers.org/events/field....
Practical Farmers of Iowa recognizes the following sustaining sponsors: Albert Lea Seedhouse, American Natural Soy, Iowa Farmers Union, ISU Extension, Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), Seed Savers, USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE), and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, in addition to the following major sponsors: Iowa Forage and Grassland Council, Midwest Organic Services Association (MOSA), CROPP Cooperative of Organic Valley/Organic Prairie Family of Farms and Iowa State University Wallace Chair for Sustainable Agriculture.
Founded in 1985, Practical Farmers of Iowa is an open, supportive and diverse organization of farmers and friends of farmers, advancing profitable, ecologically sound and community-enhancing approaches to agriculture through farmer-to-farmer networking, farmer-led investigation and information sharing. Farmers in our network produce corn, soybeans, beef cattle, hay, fruits and vegetables, and more.
For additional information, call 515.232.5661 or visit www.practicalfarmers.org.