This year's field-day season at Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms around Iowa begins with garden field days June 12.
The demonstration garden field days theme is cool season gardens. Plants will include several varieties of radishes, beets, carrots, lettuce, collard, kohlrabi, spinach mustard, Swiss chard, cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower, pansies, pinks (dianthus) and snow, snap and pod peas. The field days are open to the public at no cost and take place rain or shine.
Directions to the farms are listed under the field day descriptions and on the Web at: www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/.
Livestock Farm Visitor Policies
Visitors are asked to follow these policies when attending a field day at a farm with livestock (marked with an asterisk).
* There is a five-day waiting period prior to visiting ISU livestock farms if you have traveled outside the United States.
* If you have visited another livestock farm you must change clothing and footwear before visiting an Iowa State livestock operation.
* No food items are allowed to be brought to research farms.
* If you have any questions, call the Research and Demonstration Farms office at 515-294-5045.
Demonstration Garden Field Days
Muscatine Island............June 12.......6:30 p.m.
Armstrong*................... June 13.......6:30 p.m.
McNay*......................... June 14....... 6:30 p.m.
Horticulture Station....... June 18....... 6:30 p.m.
Northern........................ June 25....... 6:30 p.m.
Northwest-Sutherland... June 27....... 6:30 p.m.
Northeast...................... June 28....... 6 p.m.
Northwest-Rock Rapids.July 24........ 6 p.m.
(Lyon County Fairgrounds)
Other field days held during the growing season focus on crops, particularly corn and soybeans. At these events a variety of corn and soybean management topics are covered, including insect and weed management, soil fertility, tillage systems, water quality, planting dates, crop population, manure management and value-added crops.
* June 21--12 p.m., Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm
Lunch served at noon.
Topics: crop season outlook, fungicide use on corn, Asian soybean rust outlook, carbon sequestration impacts of moving CRP land to crops, Bt-rootworm hybrid results and rating corn roots. Jack Payne, vice president for Extension and outreach, will speak at noon.
Directions: From Crawfordsville, the farm is located one and three-quarter miles south, two miles east on G62 and three-quarters of a mile north on the Washington/Louisa county-line road.
* June 27, 9 a.m., Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm
Topics: water runoff, weather review, nitrogen management on corn and cellulosic ethanol.
Directions: The Sutherland farm is located 11 miles north of Cherokee on U.S. Highway 59 and a quarter mile east on county road B62.
* June 27, 5:30 p.m., Rhodes Farm*
Dinner served after the field day program.
Topics: thistle management, grazing system and weather effects on cattle behavior and pasture options on land competing with corn production.
Directions: The farm is located 1/2 mile north of the intersection of Highway 330 and Binford Avenue in Marshall County.
* June 28, 1:30 p.m., Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm
Meal at 5 p.m. Horticultural tour at 6 p.m.
Topics: weed management, corn rootworm management, managing soybean insects and fungicides for corn and soybeans.
Directions: The farm is located one mile west of the Highway 218 and B60 intersection in Nashua, one mile south and a quarter mile east.
* July 13, 9:30 a.m., Northern Research and Demonstration Farm
Directions: The farm is just south of Kanawha on county road R35. Refreshments will be served at 9 a.m. Lunch will be served at the conclusion of the program.
Topics: crop season review, corn planting date research, soybean management, tillage research update and insect and disease problems.
* Aug. 13, 5 p.m., Armstrong Research and Demonstration Farm*
Directions: The farm is 11 miles southwest of Atlantic on Highway 6, half a mile south on M53 and three-quarters of a mile east.
Dinner to be served.
Topics: using high tunnels to extend the production season for tomatoes, peppers, raspberries and blackberries; pest scouting and marketing.
* Aug. 14, 5 p.m., Muscatine Island Research and Demonstration Farm
Directions: The farm is located at 111 North St., Fruitland or from Highway 61/92, turn east at G38/North Street.
Topics: vegetable production.
* Aug. 22, 4 p.m., Neely-Kinyon Research and Demonstration Farm*
Topics: sustainable crop and grazing.
Directions: The farm is 2 miles south of Greenfield on Highway 25, 1 mile east and a half-mile north.
* Aug. 23, 10 a.m., Agricultural Engineering/Agronomy Research and Demonstration Farm
Lunch served after program.
Topics: biomass production, corn biomass processing, long-term rotation research and corn research plots.
Directions: Located at 2237 240th St., rural Boone County. Go west on Highway 30 from Ames, one mile south on W Avenue and half a mile east on 240th Street.
* Aug. 28, 6 p.m., Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm
Topics: crop production.
* Aug. 29, 9:30 a.m., Armstrong Research and Demonstration Farm*
Topics: crop production.
* Sept. 6, 1:30 p.m., Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm
Topics: crop production.
* Sept. 6, 1:30 p.m., Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm
Topics: continuous corn tillage, manure management, grain marketing, corn planting date research, and crop season review.
* Sept. 7, 10 a.m., Western Research and Demonstration Farm*
Topics: livestock and forage management.
Directions: Four miles east of Castana on County Road E-34.
* September date to be announced, McNay Research and Demo Farm*
Directions: Located near Chariton. South 4 miles on Highway 65 from the intersection of highways 65 and 34, then 2.5 miles east on a gravel road and turn north .75 mile. The headquarter is on the west side of the road.