The annual fall field day at Iowa State University's McNay Memorial Research Farm will be held September 6, 2012—and as usual will be geared to the interests of cattlemen. The farm is located southwest of Chariton in south-central Iowa. Registration at the farm headquarters starts at 4:00 p.m. with program beginning at 4:30 p.m. Discussions will be led by ISU Extension field agronomist Mark Carlton and ISU Extension livestock specialist Joe Sellers.
They'll discuss alfalfa variety selection and establishment, followed by an overview of the summer and winter annual forage options and cover crop alternatives.
At 5:30 the field day will move to the southwest part of the farm, to review grazing research. ISU animal science professor James Russell, along with Helga Offenburger and Justin Bisinger, will discuss the latest in grazing research that focuses on environmental impacts, including managing for plant diversity and compatible wildlife habitat. Bisinger is an animal science grad student at ISU and Offenburger is an Iowa Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist. Also, a new climate change study underway at the farm will be explained.
Timely topics, top-notch speakers and a good discussion with producers
At 6:45 p.m. a free dinner prepared by the Lucas County Cattlemen's Association will be served at the headquarters, followed by discussion including a review of riparian grazing research by Doug Bear of the Iowa Beef Industry Council and ISU's James Russell. Cattlemen who attend will also be able to participate in a dialogue on 2012-2013 beef cow production issues.
ISU's Joe Sellers, along with ISU veterinary diagnostician Steve Ensley and Kevin Maher, an ISU research farm beef specialist, will be answering questions and providing information as part of this discussion with producers. Topics to be covered include early weaning, nitrates, blue green algae, and cow and calf nutrition.
For more information about this event, or for directions to the farm, contact the McNay farm at 641-766-6565, or the ISU Extension and Outreach Lucas County office in Chariton at 641-774-2016, or Joe Sellers at 641-203-1270 (email [email protected].).
You're Invited to Attend "Taste of Southern Iowa Local Foods Banquet" Sept. 18
The "Taste of Southern Iowa" Local Foods Banquet is scheduled for Tuesday, September 18, 2012. Anyone who is interested is welcome to attend. The event starts at 5 p.m. and lasts until 8 p.m. at Carpenters Hall, 1215 Court Avenue, Chariton, Iowa. Cost is $15 per person.
From 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. a social hour will be held, including sampling local wines and appetizers. You can also visit displays of products produced and exhibits of local growers. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. a buffet dinner will be served featuring local products.
Sponsors are South Central Iowa Area Partnership, Iowa State University Extension, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Tourism of Lucan County. Contacts are: vendor registration, Joe Sellers, 641-203-1270; general information, Linda Baynes, 641-774-3226; vendor setup questions, Thelma Saxton, 641-895-1189.