WOW! What a Stormy Field Day!

One thing that can be said about our field day was that it blew in and left in a similar fashion!  The PFI (Practical Farmers of Iowa) field day that we hosted at our farm on Aug. 18 was a winner, in terms of planning.  We lined up speakers from Iowa State who are doing research on our farm and Todd Churchill from Thousand Hills Cattle Company came to talk about grass fed beef.  The event started at 2 p.m. and the noon news that day said to anticipate stormy weather between midnight and 2 a.m.  Well, they were way off, because it came about a third of the way into field day!  Heavy winds, noisy thunder and pea sized hail came about 3:30 p.m.  We were able to move our 55 guests into the shop in time before the rain started. 

Discussion continued during the storm.  Then, we were notified that a sizable portion of our neighbor’s farmstead was destroyed.  These folks are just a quarter mile south of us, our next door neighbors.  Grain bins, sheds, trees, outbuildings, machinery, all gone.  They lost their grain bins in a wicked storm just four years ago!  And here’s the irony, our feed shed and barn is located about 150 feet from their farm and we had no destruction! 

But then, about 90-minutes later, the golf ball sized hail came.  It lasted about three minutes and did a number on our crops.  UGH! 

But, when all is said and done, we’re so grateful to have our field day attendees all safe and sound.  We are convinced it would have been a tragedy with injuries and fatalities had it been OUR shed that was destroyed!


Our annual PFI field day at ROSMANN FAMILY FARMS is set for Thursday August 18, from 2 – 5 p.m. at our farm. Our address is 1222 Ironwood Road, Harlan.  From the intersection of Highway 59 and Highway 44 in Harlan, go 2 miles west on Highway 44, then turn north on Ironwood Road and go 2.25 miles.

The event will be held RAIN OR SHINE and is free and open to the public.

This field day will focus on pink-eye control in organic livestock production with presenter Annette O’Connor, DVM, Iowa State University.  This presentation is based on a Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture study. 

Another guest speaker is Todd Churchill, owner of Thousand Hills Cattle Company in Cannon Falls, Minnesota.  Thousand Hills Cattle Company supplies grass-fed beef for sale to restaurants, natural foods stores and three colleges in the Twin Cities area.

We will also share data from an aphid resistance soybean research trial that we’ve been conducting for the past three years.  Discussion will also take place on using multiple planting dates for soybeans and a ridge-till weed control study in soybeans.

And, following the organic meal that I (Maria) will cook, there will be a fence construction demonstration put on by Ron and Daniel.