Farmers are invited to visit the Iowa Soybean Association tent at the 2014 Farm Progress Show to learn more about on-farm trial results from across the state and the latest environmental programs and practices.
Research specialists from the ISA On-Farm Network and ISA Environmental Programs & Services teams will discuss specific replicated strip trials and projects from areas across the state and work with farmers to determine what opportunities might exist on their farm. "Our exhibit is all about the latest research and environmental efforts our members and experts are engaging in," says Pat Reeg, On-Farm Network director. "The centerpiece of the tent will be a map pinpointing research sites and projects. Farmers will be able to see the products and practices being tested in their area and results available in our online database."
Also showcased in the booth (No. 754) during the three-day event will be a working model of a bioreactor showing how the carbon based system processes nitrate in tile water. An Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) and cover crop options will also be featured.
Helping farmers identify practices they can put to work
In addition to discovering ongoing research and environmental practices, members that visit the ISA tent can enter to win a 200-hour lease on a John Deere 8R Series tractor and $1,000 of biodiesel. Attendees can also enjoy fresh-popped popcorn made with high-oleic soybean oil and a cold bottle of water.
"Our goal this year is to showcase what our On-Farm Network and Environmental Programs & Services teams are doing so that farmers can find out more about what is going on across the state and in their areas," said Roger Wolf, Environmental Programs & Services director. "Stopping by the tent will provide a great opportunity for farmers to identify practices or trials they would like to get involved with."
The ISA tent will be located on Seventh Street near Gate Six. Show hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, August 26 and 27, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, August 28. To learn more about ISA, go to www.iasoybeans.com.
Learn from cover crop experts at Farm Progress Show
Farmers are encouraged to visit the Iowa Corn Growers Association booth located at 26N during the 2014 Farm Progress Show. Each day at 2 p.m., cover crop experts from Hagie Manufacturing will be on hand to explain the benefits of cover crops and how high clearance seeding works.
Hagie Manufacturing will have a high clearance seeder on display for farmers to see firsthand. The high clearance seeder is just one of several methods for planting cover crops. Iowa Corn Growers Association members can also enter to win a $100 ethanol gift card and a pair of tickets to the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series football game on September 13. The Farm Progress Show is the nation's largest outdoor farm show. The 61st Farm Progress Show is an annual event that features state-of-the-art agricultural products and services from over 600 exhibitors. It's a must-see for farmers to keep up with the latest trends and technologies.
Learn about benefits of nutrient reduction practices
"The popularity of cover crops continues to boom as farmers step up to meet the goals of Iowa's nutrient reduction strategy. The Farm Progress Show is an excellent event to provide information about the benefits of cover crops and how to plant them," says Wayne Humphreys, a grain and livestock farmer from southern Iowa and the chairperson for the Iowa Corn Animal Ag & Environment Issue Committee.
The ICGA tent will be located on North Avenue, just east of the Main Entrance. Show hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, August 26 and 27, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, August 28. Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for children ages 13-17 and free for children 12 and under. The Farm Progress Show is located at 1827 217th Street near Boone, Iowa.