KEOTA, Iowa — Levi Lyle, of Levi’s Indigenous Fruit Enterprises, will host the first of two virtual field days in partnership with Practical Farmers of Iowa and Iowa State University exploring the impact of roller-crimping cereal rye on Tuesday, June 2, from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
The event – “Roller-Crimping Cereal Rye – A Live Demonstration” – is free to attend and will take place on Facebook Live. To join in, visit practicalfarmers.org/field-days and click the link found on the page for this event.
You do not need to be a PFI member or have a Facebook account to participate – but those without an account will not be able to comment or ask questions. The field day is sponsored by Iowa Organic Association, Pipeline Foods, Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service and Rodale Institute Midwest Organic Center.
The field day is the first of a two-part series. In the first event, Lyle will demonstrate how he roller-crimps a cereal rye cover crop with two goals in mind: terminating the cover crop without herbicide or tillage, and laying down the cover crop as a mulch for weed control.
Levi is a partner on a project headed by Kathleen Delate of ISU investigating reduced tillage in organic crop production systems.
In the second event, on July 2, Lyle will show the field where he roller-crimped the rye and planted soybeans. He will then demonstrate the Weed Zapper, which uses electricity to kill weed escapes that have grown taller than the soybean canopy.
Details about both field days, along with links to register, are also available at practicalfarmers.org/field-days.
Levi operates Levi’s Indigenous Fruit Enterprises (LIFE) near Keota, through which he seeks to facilitate the profitability and sustainability of small farms. Levi and his wife Jill also distribute fresh aronia berries to local markets. Levi formerly worked as an organic inspector for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and now consults on topics related to organic agriculture.
This event is part of the Practical Farmers’ 2020 field day season, which includes more than 60 virtual events hosted by farmers located across the state, and beyond, on topics spanning the agricultural spectrum.
New this year, we have planned several event series that will let participants check in with certain farmer hosts throughout the season to learn about different facets of farm management. All are free and offered a la carte: guests are welcome to attend all events in the series or pick the ones they’re most interested in.
Practical Farmers’ 2020 field days are supported by sustaining sponsors Albert Lea Seed; Barn2Door, Inc.; Grain Millers Inc.; Iowa Sustainable Ag Research and Education; Niman Ranch; Scoular; Sunderman Farm Management Co.; Trees Forever; USDA-NRCS; and Welter Seed and Honey Company, as well as several major sponsors, including: Bio Till; Center for Rural Affairs; Conservation Districts of Iowa; Farm Power Implements; Gandy Company; Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance; Iowa Farm Bureau Federation; Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health; KWS Cereals; La Crosse Seed; Man@Machine; Organic Valley – CROPP Cooperative – Organic Prairie; Pipeline Foods; and Prairie Creek Seed.
— Practical Farmers of Iowa
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