Farm Blog


Supervisors Give Blessing to IDALS Wetland on County Farm

Posted October 16, 2019

The Dallas County Board of Supervisors gave provisional approval last month to a plan by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) and the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Agribusiness Program to construct a five-acre wetland on county farmland rented by DMACC and used as a teaching farm.​

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FFA Field Day

Posted October 12, 2019
Thanks to Wyffels for sponsoring another successful FFA Field Day at the DMACC Dallas Co Farm.
Agriculture Secretary Mike Niag and DMACC President Rob Denson addressed the group of local FFA chapters during lunch.
Climate Fieldview gave a great interactive presentation utilizing technology in agriculture.
Wyffels discussed corn growth and development and demonstrated how to calculate corn yield. 

Agronomy lab at Dallas County Farm

Posted September 27, 2019

Students enjoying the beautiful fall weather while calculating final stand counts and soybean yield estimates during agronomy lab at Dallas Couny Farm.


Cover crop is emerging

Posted September 27, 2019

The cover crop is emerging nicely over the corn  silage acres . Thank you to Iowa Cover Crop for sourcing and flying the rye.


Students gain hands on experience at the DMACC Dallas County Farm

Posted September 18, 2019

Thanks to the following students that helped replace the broken tongue on a grain wagon ahead of harvest!


Thanks to Steve Birchmeier and crew for chopping corn silage!

Posted September 17, 2019
Rye cover crop will be seeded for winter growth. The corn silage bunker will be covered with corn syrup to seal the  pile.​


Pile has been sealed with syrup covering


Fall litters arriving daily at the farm

Posted September 6, 2019


Thank you to John & Pam Van Ast

Posted August 30, 2019

DMACC Agribusiness would like to thank John and Pam Van Ast for their generous donation to the DMACC Agribusiness program! Super nice tractor and a great piece of agricultural history! We also thank John and Pam for their many years of dedication serving DMACC. We wish you well in retirement!


Hawaii Conservation Internship

Posted August 30, 2019

Angel T. checking in from her conservation internship at Kupu in Hawaii this past summer! What an amazing opportunity!​


Gov Charity Steer Show

Posted August 11, 2019

​President Denson, DMACC Agribusiness, selected to the top 5 at the Governor's Charity Steer Show at Iowa State Fair. A special thanks to the Forsyth family for doing a wonderful job raising the steer and James Oil company for purchasing the steer through the Ronald McDonald Charity auction.


Watch this video from the Governor's Charity Steer Show Facebook page on the Top 5 entries:

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Summer Internship

Posted August 9, 2019

​Mattie Tucker checks in from her summer internship at FCA.

Crop Scouting

Posted July 10, 2019

DMACC students increase their crop scouting knowledge by touring the ISU Field Extension lab and  interact with lab coordinator Warren Pierson and ISU  Extension Field Agronomist, Meaghan Anderson.

Precision Ag Summer Class

Posted July 10, 2019

Students in the Precision Ag summer class learn about the inner workings of the DMACC planter along with its added technologies such as 20/20, Clean Sweep,  Climate Fieldview and Auto steer.

Corn Cam

Posted July 9, 2019

The birdseye view from the corn cam today! Thanks to the Big Show for stopping by the farm today!

Applicator Simulator

Posted June 17, 2019

Thanks to Growmark FS for bringing their applicator simulator to the summer crop scouting and precision ag classes. Students had fun and learned a lot about the operation of the big equipment.


Rye Cover Crop Harvest

Posted June 6, 2019

Harvesting the rye cover crop. The bales will be wrapped and stored for cattle feed and soybeans will be no tilled into the rye stubble.