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 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 18 on his farm at 1542 330th Ave., near Dyersville.

“Using Small Grains to Protect Your Bottom Line” is free and will include lunch. RSVPs are requested for the meal by June 14. Sign up online at practicalfarmers.org/field-days, or contact Debra Boekholder at debra@practicalfarmers.org or (515) 232-5661.

Brunsman 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.

He 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.

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