Corn fungicides, corn nematodes and Marestail weed management in soybeans are featured at this year's Armstrong Research and Demonstration Farm Field Day scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. near Lewis in southwest Iowa. The Armstrong Farm field day is sponsored by the Wallace Foundation and Iowa State University.
Field days give farmers and the public a chance to see research projects in progress and talk with the researchers involved in the experiments. But they also provide the opportunity to view the latest in modern agriculture. Anyone is welcome to attend.
Those visiting the Armstrong Research Farm and other ISU farms with livestock are asked to take several precautions if they have been at another livestock operation. Those who have recently returned from a trip abroad are asked to wait five days before visiting ISU farms with animals. Visitors to farms with livestock are asked to change clothing and footwear after being in any livestock operation, foreign or domestic; and to refrain from bringing any food items to the research farm. If you have any questions, please call the Research and Demonstration Farms office at (515) 294-5045 or read the Foot and Mouth Advisory.
The Armstrong Research Farm is located 12 miles southwest of Atlantic on Highway 6, half a mile south on 525th Street, and a half mile east on Hitchcock Avenue, or 13 miles east of Oakland on Highway 6, half a mile south on 525th Street, and half a mile east on Hitchcock Avenue. The field day is open to the public at no cost. For more information, call 712-769-2650.
Current commercial fruit or vegetable growers, gardeners interested in expanding into commercial production and traditional farmers interested in diversifying can learn more about high tunnel construction and production at an Aug. 8-9 workshop in Packwood sponsored by Iowa State University Extension.
Local vegetable farmer Claude Nicholson, who has constructed high tunnels, will lead the 2-day workshop and provide guidance to those interested in participating in the construction process.
High tunnels are inexpensive, simple, passive-solar greenhouses in which crops are grown directly in the soil. They allow growers to extend the season and produce high yields of quality produce earlier than field-grown crops, thus commanding a higher price at market.
Site and tunnel selection, construction, and management are topics
Topics to be covered at the workshop include site and high tunnel selection, hands-on construction, soil management, irrigation, pest management, bed design and cropping systems.
The workshop will be held at Nature's Way Farm, located at 1225 Ironwood Avenue, Packwood, Iowa, located 3 ½ miles east of Packwood. The farm is transitioning to organic production and will be certified organic in 2012. The workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.
Pre-registration is preferred. To register, call farm owner Cary Spray at 641-919-6599 or Marsha Laux, program coordinator, Iowa State University Extension Value Added Agriculture program at 319-796-4362 or [email protected].