Are you interested in learning about the latest in crop production and other agricultural topics? Then plan on attending one of the upcoming Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farm summer or fall field days for 2012, which will be held at a location near you.
These ISU field days will begin June 21 with a 25th anniversary celebration at the ISU Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Crawfordsville. This farm was founded in 1987 by a group of farmers who formed the Southeast Iowa Agricultural Research Association. It is rented to ISU for research and demonstration projects.
ISU Research Field Days begin with anniversary celebration June 21The field day starts at noon with a complimentary lunch served by the Washington County Cattlemen and is followed by the anniversary program at 12:45 p.m. The program includes remarks by ISU's vice president for Extension and Outreach, Cathann Kress, and Wendy Wintersteen, dean of the ISU College of Agriculture & Life Sciences. Keynote speaker will be ISU emeritus professor of economics and ag law, Neil Harl.
The program will conclude with a panel discussion on the last 25 years in agriculture. From Crawfordsville, the farm is located one and three-quarter miles south, two miles east on G62 and three-quarter miles north on the Washington/Louisa countyline road.
ISU field days cover timely topics, and the public is welcome to attend
The research and demonstration farms host field days that include tours of field projects. Topics vary for each tour depending on local interest and conditions. The public is welcome to attend the field days, which take place rain or shine. They are free unless noted. The latest schedule and information are available on the research and demonstration farms web site.
While the ISU Crawfordsville field day in southeast Iowa kicks off the season on June 21, the rest of the schedule for this year's field days includes:
* Northern Research and Demonstration Farm: June 26, coffee at 9 a.m., field day begins at 9:30 a.m. with a lunch afterwards. Farm is located just south of Kanawha in northern Iowa on county road R35. Topics: Corn and soybean management, pest management (weeds, insects, diseases) fertility, tillage, mechanization, water quality and production practices.
* Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm: June 27, coffee at 9 a.m., field day begins at 9:30 a.m. with a lunch after the field day ends. The farm is located near Sutherland in northwest Iowa. It is 11 miles north of Cherokee on U.S. highway 59 and a quarter mile east on county road B62. Topics: Corn and soybean management, pests (weeds, insects, diseases) and fertility, tillage, mechanization, water quality and production practices.
* Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm: June 28 at 1 p.m., at Nashua in northeast Iowa. The farm is located one mile west of the Highway 218 and B60 intersection in Nashua, one mile south and a quarter mile east. Topics: Corn and soybean management, managing pests (weeds, insects, diseases), and fertility, tillage, mechanization, water quality and production practices.
* Horticulture Research Station at Ames: July 23, coffee/registration at 8:30 a.m., field day begins at 9 a.m., lunch included with registration. The station is three miles north of Ames in central Iowa on Highway 69, turn east on 170th Street and the station is about one and a half miles on the north side. Topics: Fruit and vegetable management, pests (weeds, insects, diseases), fertility, tillage, mechanization and production practices. For pre-registration contact Ajay Nair at [email protected].
* Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm: Aug. 22 at 1 p.m., at Nashua in northeast Iowa. Topics: Farm and weather review, weather and crop forecast, field drainage issues, corn soybean disease management and nematodes
* Northern Research and Demonstration Farm: Sept. 5, coffee at 9 a.m., at Kanawha in northern Iowa. Field day begins at 9:30 a.m. with a lunch afterwards. Topics: Corn and soybean management, pest management (weeds, insects, diseases), fertility, tillage, mechanization, water quality and production practices.
* McNay Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm: Sept. 6, begins at 5:30 p.m. with a meal, and the field day program follows. Farm is located at Chariton in south central Iowa. Go south four miles on Highway 65 from the intersection of highways 65 and 34, then two and a half miles east on a gravel road and north a quarter mile. The headquarters is on the east side of the road. Topics: Beef cattle management, including forages, breeding, reproduction, health and production practices.
* Neely-Kinyon Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm: Aug. 7, 4 p.m., at Greenfield in southwest Iowa. The farm is located two miles south on Highway 25 from the intersection of Highways 92 and 25 in Greenfield, then one-half mile east and a quarter mile north. Topics: Sorghum, organic research and specialty soybeans.
* Home Demonstration Garden Field Days: Many of the ISU research and demonstration farms plant and maintain vegetable and flower gardens with help from the ISU horticulture department to give the public gardening ideas and display new varieties available in Iowa.
This year's Home Demonstration Garden Field Days will feature compact vegetables for space efficient gardens, new types of sweet corn (with a possible tasting), ornamental foliage plants and new or unusual flowers and vegetables.
Location, date and time for 2012 Home Garden Field Days are:
Northwest Iowa—Lyon County Fair (Rock Rapids) July 24 at 6 p.m.
Southwest Iowa—ISU Armstrong Farm* at Lewis--Aug. 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Eastern Iowa—ISU Muscatine Island Farm--Aug. 7 at 6:30 p.m.
Central Iowa—ISU Horticulture Station at Ames--Aug. 8 at 6:30 p.m.
Northern Iowa—ISU Farm at Kanawha--Aug. 9 at 6:30 p.m.
Northeast Iowa—ISU Farm at Nashua--Aug. 11 at 4 p.m.
Visitors to farms that have livestock (marked with an asterisk) are asked to follow these guidelines when attending a field day:
• There is a five-day waiting period prior to visiting Iowa State livestock farms if you have recently returned from travel outside the United States.
• If you have visited another livestock farm, you are asked to change clothing and footwear.
• Visitors are not allowed to bring food to the research farms.
• If you have any questions, call the ISU Research and Demonstration Farms main office at ISU in Ames at 515-294-5045.