Join OSA on July 12, as we participate in the Practical Farmers of Iowa and Organic Grain Resources and Information Network‘s Small Grains, Modest Gains: A Pragmatic Approach to Profitability and Sustainability field day. OSA staff will lead a workshop on managing risk through on-farm variety trialing during the afternoon session of the field day, which will also include workshops on small grains production, organic transition, and cover cropping.
You’ll have the opportunity to tour ongoing trials and hear details about the trial from farmer Willie Hughes. Participants will also learn from OSA, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Services (MOSES) educators about the benefits of conducting on-farm trials and how to design them to meet your goals without adding unnecessary work to the farm.
This trial location features food-grade corn and cover crop combinations. Hughes Farm produces certified organic and conventional field crops on over 5,000 acres of owned and rented land near Janesville, Wisconsin.
This workshop is part of a larger project aimed at helping farmers identify the best varieties for their farm which includes a series of webinars, the new The Grower’s Guide to Conducting On-farm Variety Trials publication, and a series of on-farm variety trial workshops throughout the midwest. Learn more about the project here.
For lunch, RSVP to Debra Boekholder by email or at (515) 232-5661 by Friday, July 6th.