Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms summer field days for 2015 begin June 23 with a variety of topics focused on crop production. Anyone is welcome to attend Iowa State field days, which take place rain or shine.
Field day topics cover corn and soybean production, including insect and weed management, soil fertility, tillage systems, water quality, planting dates, crop population, manure management and value-added crops.
On June 23 the Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Crawfordsville will begin its field day at 1 p.m. The farm is located at 3115 Louisa-Washington Rd., Crawfordsville or 1.75 miles south and 2 miles east of Crawfordsville on the Washington/Louisa county-line road.
On June 24 the field day at the Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Nashua will begin at 1 p.m. The research farm is located at 3321 290th St., Nashua. After taking the Nashua exit off of Highway 27 (218), go 1.2 miles west on Highway B60, one mile south on Windfall Avenue (gravel) and 0.2 miles east on 290th Street.
On June 25 the Northern Research and Demonstration Farm's field day will begin at 9 a.m. with a meal at noon. The farm is located at 310 S. Main St., Kanawha.
On July 8 the Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm, near Sutherland, will have its field day at 10 a.m. July 8 with a meal at noon. The farm is located at 6320 500th St.,?Sutherland or 11 miles north of Cherokee on U.S. Highway 59 and a quarter mile east on County Road B-62.
The list of remaining field days scheduled for the year is available at farms.ag.iastate.edu/field-days.
ISU Research & Demonstration Farm contacts
Myron Rees, Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm, 319-658-2353, [email protected]
Ken Pecinovsky, Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm, 641-435-4864, [email protected]
Micah Smidt, Northern Research and Demonstration Farm, 641-762-3247, [email protected]
Josh Sievers, Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm, 712-446-2526, [email protected]
ISU research farm reports now available online
Results from dozens of research projects conducted last year at Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms are available in reports online. The reports include results from projects dealing mostly with crop production, with some related to animal science. The research projects include those done on private farms through a program in which research farm personnel cooperate with farmers in doing field trials.
The reports are available at no charge in PDF format listed by farm at farms.ag.iastate.edu/farms.
Many studies are duplicated at several research farms to provide site-specific guidance for producers. The research projects are mostly for row-crop farmers with some studies designed for specialty produce growers.
The reports of last year's projects include:
• Research at several farms tested corn and soybean yield response to micronutrients (boron, copper, manganese and zinc) applied to the soil or foliage.
• A study of diesel fuel consumption in tractors by shifting up to a higher transmission gear and throttling back the engine's speed during moldboard plowing and planting.
• Foliage-applied micronutrients, growth regulator, lime and calcium were studied to see if they would increase production of alfalfa at the Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm.
• Testing corn-yield response to nitrogen fertilizer applications based on readings of the crop's canopy measuring its condition during the mid-vegetative growth stage.
Iowa State University operates 13 research farms across the state, eight of which are owned by associations of farmers that provide management input. More than 130 ISU faculty members use the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences' farms for teaching, research and Extension. A similar number of staff members are involved as project leaders and workers.