About the Facility


About Us
Iowa State University’s Extension and Outreach Field Extension and Education Laboratory (FEEL) is the state of Iowa’s fundamental resource for agricultural demonstration and education. Since 1987, FEEL has been an essential resource for the state’s farmers, crop advisors, policy makers, students, faculty and various other agriculture-related industries. 

During the summer months, the facility hosts timely educational courses, demonstrations, and private instructional events based on the year’s crop challenges and solutions. These events are hosted by Iowa State University’s premiere researchers and specialists, and are designed to provide a hands-on educational opportunity to participants. Through evaluation strategies and first-hand experience with scouting and identification, visitors have the opportunity to customize their own management strategies with assistance from distinguished presenters. No matter what experience level, FEEL events are first and foremost, learning opportunities. Interested in a course that just right? Seasonal courses are planned annually, so be sure to check back for one that fits your needs.

Facility Specifics and Location
With 29 acres of space and more than 400 demonstration plots, FEEL offers a wide range of educational opportunities including: insect, weed, and disease management, crop fertility, corn and soybean production, tillage and crop rotation, reconstruction of prairies, hail damage, and fertilizer and herbicide injuries, with many plots dedicated to particular seasonal challenges. The facility features air-conditioned classrooms, plot tours within walking distance of the main building, free Wi-Fi, and free parking. Click here for a birds-eye tour of the field lab.

Aerial FEEL Lab

Contact Us
For questions about FEEL programs, please contact Edward Ernat at emernat@iastate.edu.

The FEEL facility is located approximately 5 miles west of Ames, at 1928 240th St. Boone, IA.

FEEL Lab Google Maps Location

Additional Resources

Driving directions (PDF)

Nearby lodging

Nearby dining