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July 30-330-CIG-Alisha Bower

2019 SWCS International Annual Conference
July 28-31, 2019
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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July 30-330-CIG-Alisha Bower

  1. 1. PRACTICAL
  2. 2. • MISSION Equipping farmers to build resilient farms and communities.
  3. 3. Rotation Effect “Incorporating more legumes into my rotation lets me cut back on N fertilizer rates.” –Tim Sieren, Keota
  4. 4. 2016 CIG Award: Small Grains Large Gains This material is based on work supported by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under number 69-3A75-17-30.
  5. 5. 2016 CIG Award: Small Grains Large Gains Cost share of $40/acre on up to 80 acres per farmer Budgeted Acres Actual Acres 2017 825 825 2018 1,325 2,706 2019 1,500 119 Total: 3,650 3,650
  6. 6. Tools Document Impact
  7. 7. Methods • Farmers participate in cost share on small grain crop + legume cover crop 2017 • Farmer data collected via survey in 2017 & 2018 • Data used to populate: • Enterprise Budgets • Resource Stewardship Evaluation Tool (RSET) • Fieldprint Calculator (FPC) • Cool Farm Tool (CFT) • Even though farmers would have third and fourth crops in rotation only 2017 and 2018 years used for this analysis • Management changes captured include addition of a cover crop and changes in inputs to following crop year
  8. 8. Enterprise Budgets Show Profitability
  9. 9. Highest Emissions Lowest Emissions Needs coaching on: • Reducing fertilizer • Accounting for nutrients in manure • Integrated pest management Good use of: • Accounting for manure • Reducing fertilizer • Low input – transitional management 235 bu/acre corn 228 bu/acre corn
  10. 10. Human Food
  11. 11. Take-Aways from First CIG • Farmers are eager to diversify crop rotations, but lack of markets is a disincentive to adoption at scale • Food grade small grain markets aren’t enough: • Low volume • No alternative to premium markets if specifications (test weight, etc.) aren’t met
  12. 12. 2018 CIG Award: Reviving Feed and Seed Markets to Grow Small Grains in the Cornbelt This material is based on work supported by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under numbers NR193A750008G004 .
  13. 13. Animal Supply Chain Project Partners
  14. 14. JOIN US! practicalfarmers.org

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