Day and Night
Working in our organic cornfields, I am constantly struck by how much life each acre sustains. I’m not talking about the upcoming harvest, I’m referring to the life that is here now. They are overflowing with biodiversity.
MFAI Joins O-GRAIN for Small Grains Field Day July 21
2017 Organic Field Day: Diversified Organic Grain Rotations Friday July 21st, 2017 –9AM-2:30PM Bickford Organics 6346 Reed Road Ridgeway, Wis. 53582 This FREE OGRAIN field day includes tours of 2 farms and a free lunch. Learn about: • Large scale small grain production, processing, and marketing • On-farm grain storage 101 • Farming for water […]
April showers bring May showers, June showers, and July showers….
Wow! What a wet and rainy spring we had and what a wet and rainy summer we are having. The rain in May brought us many planting delays. Just as it was nearly dry enough to get into the field, it would rain yet again. The month of June brought us at least 6.75 inches […]
Every year, every season, brings its challenges. The spring greeted us with rain – lots of it. In the months of April and May we had a combined precipitation total of over 7 inches. Our area hasn’t seen that amount of spring rain in quite some time. The timing of the rain was especially irksome, […]
Institute Initiates New Project Examining Cover Crop Economics
In April, the Institute was awarded a USDA Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education (SARE) Partnership Program grant to evaluate the economics of cover crop use in no-till grain production. The project entitled “Do Cover Crops Pay? Expanding Learning Circle for Peer to Peer Cover Crop Promotion Using Economics as a Theme” will couple research and […]
Most Environmentally Friendly Project
The Nature Conservancy and Michael Fields Agricultural Institute won The Milwaukee Business Journal’s Most Environmentally Friendly Project Award 2016, for their Farmland Conservation/Water Protection Project. Read the Business Journal Article here
Spring is here!
After a busy winter of processing & analyzing corn samples and getting selections all packaged, labeled and organized; we are now entering a busy Spring. Many of those samples are being repackaged into planting envelopes and will soon be in the ground (planting planned for May).
MFAI Farm Conservation Project Nominated for Milwaukee Business Journal Real Estate Award
The project entitled Farmland Conservation through Land and Water Protection has been nominated in 3 categories: Most Environmentally Friendly Project, Best Public/Private Partnership, and Most Creative Deal of the Year. The award focuses on the best real estate deals and projects that were completed in 2016 within Milwaukee, Kenosha, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington […]
“Cover Crops in Wisconsin” Website Launched
The Wisconsin Cover Crop workgroup has launched a new website designed to be a clearinghouse for cover crop information in Wisconsin. We are a multi-agency group that conducts research and provides unbiased information to help farmers use cover crops to improve their production systems and minimize soil loss. Jim Stute, Research Director at the Institute […]
Looking for organic locations!
I had the pleasure of joining a great group of people the other day, the US Testing Network (USTN) for our annual meeting. USTN is a member-based organization of corn public breeders, private/independent breeders, seed retailers, and researchers. We focus on non-transgenic corn varieties for both conventional and organic growers. USTN’s purpose is to coordinate […]
Making Wisconsin Fruits and Veggies Taste Better
by Tim Morrissey, Public News Service (WI) MADISON, Wis. — Most consumers have had the experience of buying vegetables because they look great, and then being disappointed by how they taste. That’s one of the main considerations in a new initiative at the University of Wisconsin College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, called the “Seed […]
Institute Releases Study on Cover Crop Economics
A recently completed study entitled “Economic analysis of cover crops: impact of interseeding red clover in wheat on corn production economics” evaluated the costs, returns and risk of this cover cropping practice and found that in addition to conservation benefits, it can significantly improve the bottom line. It used published data from side-by-side mid-western […]