Several of the Iowa State University research and demonstration farms around the state are holding field days in June. To find out the date and location of the one nearest you, go to the ISU Extension website and type in "Iowa State University Research Farm Field Days June 2011" for information.
If you are a Certified Crop Advisor and need to earn your credits to maintain your certification, you should attend a field day where you can do that.
For example, certified crop advisors can earn five hours of credit (three hours in soil and water management, 1.5 in pest management, and 0.5 in crop management) by attending a special CCA morning session that precedes the afternoon spring field day tour at the Southeast Iowa Research and Demonstration Farm near Crawfordsville on June 15.
Certified crop advisors can earn CCA credits by attending
The morning session will begin at 9 a.m., with a presentation by Greg Brenneman, ISU Extension ag engineer. He will cover recent tile drainage research results and 20 years of conservation tillage research. The morning session also will include a presentation on the biology and control of nematodes that feed on corn made by Greg Tylka, ISU Extension plant pathologist. The morning will conclude with a discussion in the field by Jeremy Singer, National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment agronomist, who will talk about everything you ever wanted to know about cover crops, but were afraid to ask.
The afternoon tour topics will include: Crop Season Review and Marketing Grain in Crazy Times by Kevin Van Dee, Farm Superintendent and Jim Jensen, ISU Extension farm management specialist; Corn Nematode Management, by Greg Tylka; Cover Crop Establishment and Management, by Jeremy Singer; and Making Fungicide Application Decisions, by Mark Carlton, ISU Extension field agronomist. Tours will begin at 1 p.m.
Registration for CCAs will begin at 8:30 a.m. The registration fee is $50, which includes lunch. Please pre-register by calling the Johnson County Extension Office at (319) 337-2145, or send an email note to Jim Fawcett at [email protected] by June 13 to avoid a $20 late fee. The registration fee can be paid at the door.
To reach the research farm go 1.75 miles south of Crawfordsville on Highway 218, then 2 miles east on G-62, then 0.75 mile north.
ISU to hold annual Weed Science Field Day June 23 at Ames
The Iowa State University 2011 Weed Science Field Day will be June 23 at the Curtiss Farm on South State Street in Ames. The Curtiss Farm is easily accessible from Hwy 30; exit at University Avenue, go south to the four-way stop, turn west to the next stop, turn north on South State Street and the farm is on the west. Follow the cinder road west through the farm to the registration tent.
Registration for the event will begin at 8 a.m. with brief remarks prior to the self-guided tour. Registration will be $20 and cover refreshments and a field book that details all of the demonstrations and research at the Curtiss Farm location, as well as the other locations throughout Iowa. While the field day has historically been for the AgChem Industry, growers, seed dealers and agchem operators are welcome and will find much that will be of interest. If you have questions, contact Mike Owen at 515-294-5936 or [email protected].