A series of late summer field days will be held at Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms around Iowa, beginning August 28. This year's presentations will focus on crop production issues as harvest approaches. The field days are open to the public free of charge, and take place rain or shine.
* On August 28 the Northeast Iowa Research and Demonstration Farm at 3321 290th St. near Nashua will begin its field day at 1 p.m. and you are urged to attend. Refreshments will be served.
* On August 30 the Agricultural Engineering/Agronomy Research Farm near Boone will be the site of a field day including cover crop research and water quality topics. Program goes from 9 a.m. to noon with lunch following. It is located at 1308 U Ave., Boone. More information is available here.
* On September 4 Dordt College's Agriculture Stewardship Center will host a field day in association with the Northwest Iowa Research and Demonstration Farm. It will begin at 6 p.m. and include a dinner. The center is located two miles north of the college's Sioux Center campus on Highway 75.
* On September 10 the McNay Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm near Chariton in southern Iowa will host its field day at 4:30 p.m. with a meal to follow. The farm is located at 45249 170th Ave., near Chariton. Drive 4 miles south on Highway 65 from the intersection of highways 65 and 34, then 2.5 miles east on a gravel road and north a quarter-mile.~~~PAGE_BREAK_HERE~~~
The McNay farm has livestock and people visiting it are asked to take a few precautions: change clothing and footwear after being at another livestock operation; and refrain from bringing any food items to the farm. Those who have recently returned from a trip abroad are asked to wait five days before visiting the farm. If you have any questions about the precautions, call the Research and Demonstration Farms office at 515-294-5045.
* On September 12 the Southeast Iowa Research and Demonstration Farm near Crawfordsville will host a field day beginning at 1:30 p.m. The farm is 2 miles east of Crawfordsville on the Washington/Louisa countyline road at 3115 Louisa-Washington Rd.
Special ISU field day to focus on cover crops and corn production
A field day will be held on August 30, hosted by the Iowa State University Agricultural Engineering/Agronomy Research Farm, near Boone in central Iowa. It will begin at 9 a.m. and run to noon with lunch following the program.
The event will focus on cover crops and corn production. The field day is free and the public is invited to attend.
ISU Vice President for Extension and Outreach John Lawrence will present information about the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. Sarah Carlson, Midwest Cover Crop research coordinator, will discuss establishing cover crops and selecting appropriate plants.
ISU Extension weed specialist and agronomy professor Bob Hartzler will present information on the effects of residual herbicide on cover crop establishment. Mark Licht, ISU Extension field agronomist, will offer tips about cover crop management in a corn-soybean rotation.
ISU Extension entomologist Erin Hodgson will share information about corn rootworm resistance and resistance management. ISU Extension corn agronomist Roger Elmore will update attendees on the state's corn production status.
Following lunch, the ISU BioCentury Research Farm will offer tours of the facility and Iowa Learning Farms will demonstrate the Conservation Station. Its rainfall simulator shows the effects of rainfall on several different surfaces, including intense tillage, perennial vegetation and permeable pavers for streets and driveways.
The field day is at the ISU Ag Engineering/Agronomy Research Farm, 1308 U Ave., Boone, at the intersection of Highway 30 and U Avenue between Boone and Ames. Iowa Learning Farms, Practical Farmers of Iowa, ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and ISU Extension and Outreach are hosts of this field day.