Research and Demonstration Farm 2010 Field Days Scheduled

June 1, 2010

By Adam Sisson, Corn and Soybean Initiative

Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farm spring and summer field days are a chance to see research projects in progress and talk with the researchers involved in the experiments. They also provide the opportunity to view the latest in modern agriculture. Topics covered during the 2010 field days will include nitrogen fertilization, aphid resistant soybean varieties, GPS equipment and cellulosic ethanol. 

ISU Research and Demonstration Farms field days are free of charge and open to the public. Events will take place regardless of weather. Those attending field days at Iowa State farms with livestock - Armstrong and Neely-Kinyon - are asked to take the following precautions.

The following livestock policies apply to research and demonstration farms marked by an asterisk (*).
• Those who have recently returned from a trip abroad are asked to wait five days before visiting Iowa State farms with animals.
• Change clothing and footwear before attending field days if another farm with livestock has been visited.
• Refrain from bringing any food items to the research farm.
• Visitors with further questions are asked to call the Research and Demonstration Farms office at (515) 294-5045 or read the Foot and Mouth Advisory (135K PDF).

2010 Field Day Schedule

Armstrong Research and Demonstration Farm,*  near Lewis 
June 16, 9:30 a.m.
Topics include miscanthus as a potential biomass crop, Western corn rootworm and Bt corn, switchgrass use in wide buffer strips and nitrogen fertilization of corn and cover crops

Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm, near Crawfordsville
June 24, 1 p.m.
Topics include nitrogen management and cover crops, soybean aphids, soil drainage and cellulosic ethanol

Northern Research and Demonstration Farm, Kanawha
June 29, 9:30 a.m.
Topics include GPS equipment, soybean diseases and current crop topics

Muscatine Island Research and Demonstration Farm,  Fruitland
June 29, 1 p.m  (lunch at noon)
Topics include 75th anniversary celebration, biodegradable mulch, subsurface drip irrigation, sweet corn herbicides, Colorado potato beetle management and weather and crop updates

Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm, near Sutherland
June 30, 9:30 a.m.
Topics include tillage and P and K fertilizer, corn rootworm management, tiling demonstration and crop update

Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm, near Nashua
June 30, 1 p.m.
Topics include weed management, foliar fungicide for corn and soybeans, nitrogen fertilizer, biofilters and aphid resistant soybean varieties

Neely-Kinyon Research and Demonstration Farm, * near Greenfield Aug. 25, 4 p.m.
Topics include long-term organic crop rotation study, corn disease and soybean aphid management

Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm, near Nashua
Aug. 26, 1:30 p.m. 
Topics include crop production

Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm, near Sioux City
Sept. 1, 5:30 p.m., Dordt College northern farm
Topics include strip tillage and on-farm research

Northern Research and Demonstration Farm, Kanawha
Sept. 9, 9:30 a.m.
Topics include crop production

Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm, near Crawfordsville
Sept. 15, 1 p.m.
Topics include manure injection

Additional information, including the field day brochure and directions to the research and demonstration farms, is available from the research and demonstration farm field day website.

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Adam Sisson Extension Program Specialist III

Adam Sisson is an extension specialist with the Iowa State University Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. Sisson focuses on the development of publications and other educational resources for farmers, agribusiness, and students. He receive...