Iowa State Research Farm Field Days to Begin June 15

June 1, 2011
ICM News

Mark Honeyman, Research and Demonstration Farms

The latest in field-based research of crop production and management will be on display beginning June 15 at Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farm field days across Iowa.

Field days consist of tours of research and demonstration plots at the farms. Topics vary for each farm depending on local interest and conditions.

The public is welcome to attend the field days, which take place rain or shine. They are free unless noted.

The latest schedule and information are available on the research and demonstration farms website at:

Visitors are asked to follow these guidelines when attending a field day at a farm with livestock, marked with an asterisk.
• There is a five-day waiting period prior to visiting Iowa State livestock farms if you have recently returned from travel outside the United States.
• If you have visited another livestock farm, you are asked to change clothing and footwear.
• Visitors are not allowed to bring food to the research farms.
• If you have any questions, call the Research and Demonstration Farms office at (515) 294-5045.

2011 field day schedule 

Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm
June 15, 1 p.m., Crawfordsville
Topics: Corn fungicides, cover crops, nematodes and grain marketing
From Crawfordsville, the farm is located one and three-quarter miles south, two miles east on G62 and three-quarters of a mile north on the Washington/Louisa county-line road.

Northern Research and Demonstration Farm
June 28, 9:30 a.m., Kanawha
Topics: Pre-emergence weed control, foliar fertilizer on soybeans, land rolling of soybeans and current crop topics
The farm is located just south of Kanawha on county road R35.

Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm
June 29, 9 a.m., Sutherland
Topics: Weed management, trees as a biomass source, surface water runoff, crop management and grain handling
The farm is located 11 miles north of Cherokee on U.S. Highway 59 and a quarter mile east on county road B62.

Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm
June 29, 1 p.m., Nashua
Topics: Farm and weather review, weather and crop forecast, field drainage issues, corn soybean disease management and nematodes
The farm is located one mile west of the Highway 218 and B60 intersection in Nashua, one mile south and a quarter mile east.

Horticulture Research Station
July 19, 8 a.m., Ames, $25 registration fee includes lunch (pre-registration form:
The station is three miles north of Ames on Highway 69, turn east on 170th Street and the station is about one and a half miles on the north side.

Armstrong Research and Demonstration Farm*
Aug. 9, 9:30 a.m., Lewis
Topics: Corn fungicides, corn nematodes and soybean management
The farm is 11 miles southwest of Atlantic on Highway 6, one-half mile south on M53 and three-quarters of a mile east.

Agricultural Engineering and Agronomy Research Farms
Aug. 25, 9 a.m., Boone
Topics: Corn management research, corn fungicides and diseases, precision ag tools and strip tillage
The farms are west of Ames on Highway 30 at 1308 U Ave.

Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm (On-farm trials)
Aug. 31, 6:30 p.m., Dordt College northern farm
The farm is located 2 miles north of Sioux Center on Highway 75.

Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm
Sept. 8, 1 p.m., Crawfordsville
From Crawfordsville, the farm is located one and three-quarter miles south, two miles east on G62 and three-quarters of a mile north on the Washington/Louisa county-line road.

Demonstration Garden Field Days

Many of the farms plant and maintain vegetable and flower gardens with help from the Iowa State horticulture department to give the public gardening ideas and display new varieties available in Iowa. This year's Home Demonstration Garden Field Days are devoted to children and cats.

One feature is the numerous flowers and vegetables named after storybook characters. Another section of the garden showcases summer squash with feline-friendly names like cougar, jaguar and leopard.

The gardens also feature a variety of "bumpy" pumpkins, sunflowers and many new flowers and vegetables.

Northwest, Rock Rapids (Lyon County Fairgrounds)--July 26--6 p.m.
Armstrong* --July 28--6:30 p.m.
Northeast--July 30--4 p.m.
Muscatine Island--Aug. 2--6:30 p.m.
McNay*--Aug. 3--6:30 p.m.
Northern--Aug. 4--6:30 p.m.
Southwestern Community College (Creston)--Aug. 5--6:30 p.m.
Horticulture Station--Aug. 11--6:30 p.m.

Special tree care and management field day:
Northwest, Sutherland--Aug. 10--6:30 p.m.


Mark Honeyman is coordinator for the Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms. He can be contacted at 515-294-4621 or at


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