Dyersville Farm Hosting Practical Farmers of Iowa Field Day

DYERSVILLE, Iowa — Wayne Brunsman will host a Practical Farmers of Iowa field day exploring the economic benefits of adding a small-grains crop to conventional farming systems on Tuesday, June 18, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., on his farm near Dyersville (1542 330th Ave.)

The event – “Using Small Grains to Protect Your Bottom Line” – is free to attend and will include lunch. RSVPs are requested for the meal by Friday, June 14. Sign up online at practicalfarmers.org/field-days, or contact Debra Boekholder at debra@practicalfarmers.org or (515) 232-5661. The field day is sponsored by Albert Lea Seed, Grain Millers Inc. and Welter Seed and Honey Company.

Wayne raises dairy heifers and diversified row crops on 280 acres in northeast Iowa. In 2006, he switched to 100% no-till. By eliminating tillage and incorporating cover crops and small grains into his rotation, he has improved his yields, lowered production costs, reduced weed pressure and improved soil health on his farm.

At the field day, Wayne will share what he’s learned about using small grains as a profitable alternative to low margins in a conventional corn-bean rotation.

He’ll also discuss managing his farm for soil health; breaking up weed cycles without expensive herbicides; incorporating small grains into animal rations; advances in small-grains varieties; including oats in feed rations; no-tilling corn into red clover following oats; and experimenting with hybrid rye.

Field day attendees will also have a chance to learn about Practical Farmers’ small-grains cost-share program.

Directions to the field day are available on PFI’s’ website.

This event is part of Practical Farmers’ main 2019 field day season, which includes 40 events across Iowa, and the region, on topics spanning the agricultural spectrum. The field days are meant to help connect farmers with their peers for networking and farmer-to-farmer learning.

Practical Farmers’ 2019 field days are supported by several sustaining and major sponsors, including: Albert Lea Seed; Bio Till; Center for Rural Affairs; Gandy Cover Crop Seeders; Grain Millers Inc.; H.A. Wallace Chair for Sustainable Agriculture – Iowa State University; Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance; Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University; Iowa State Department of Agronomy; La Crosse Seed; Man@Machine; MOSA Certified Organic; Niman Ranch; PepsiCo; Pipeline Foods; Premier 1 Supplies; River Valley Cooperative; Scoular; Sunderman Farm Management; Sunrise Foods International; Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education; Trees Forever; Unilever; Welter Seed & Honey Company.