A field day will be held August 30 at the Iowa State University Ag Engineering & Agronomy Research Farm, between Ames and Boone. It will run from 9 a.m. to noon with lunch and tours of the ISU Biocentury Farm following the program. This central Iowa agronomy field day will focus on cover crops and corn production and related topics. The field day is free and the public is invited to attend.
* ISU vice president for Extension 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.
* Bob Hartzler, ISU Extension weed specialist, 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 staff from 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.~~~PAGE_BREAK_HERE~~~
The August 30 field day is at the ISU Agricultural Engineering/Agronomy Research Farm, 1308 U Ave., near Boone in central Iowa. The farm is located at the intersection of Highway 30 and U Avenue between Boone and Ames. Iowa Learning Farms, Practical Farmers of Iowa, ISU College of Agriculture & Life Sciences and ISU Extension and Outreach are hosts of the field day.
Late-Season Field Days Scheduled at Iowa State University Research Farms
Other late-summer field days at ISU Research and Demonstration Farms around the state also offer useful information and the latest research updates. The first one is set for August 28 at Nashua in northeast Iowa. All of these upcoming field days will deal with crop production issues as harvest approaches. The field days are open to the public free of charge, and take place rain or shine. Here's a complete listing:
* 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. Refreshments will be served.
* On August 30 ISU's Ag Engineering/Agronomy Research Farm near Boone in central Iowa will host a field day focusing on cover crop research and water quality topics. The program is from 9 a.m. to noon with lunch following. The farm is located at 1308 U Ave., Boone. More information 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 2 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. It is at 45249 170th Ave., Chariton. Go 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.
The McNay farm has livestock and visitors are asked to take 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 questions about the precautions, call the Research & Demonstration Farms office at 515-294-5045.
* On September 12 the Southeast Iowa Research and Demonstration Farm will host a field day beginning at 1:30 p.m. The farm is located 2 miles east of Crawfordsville on the Washington/Louisa county-line road at 3115 Louisa-Washington Road.