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Iowa State research farms will hold field days June 21 in northeast Iowa, and June 22 in north-central and southeast Iowa.

June 13, 2017

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TIMELY TOPICS: Farmers and those who advise farmers should attend a June agronomy field day at one of ISU’s research and demonstration farms. Extension specialists will discuss crop management, water quality and more.

To learn the latest information on crop production and related management practices, plan to attend one of the June field days at Iowa State University’s research and demonstration farms around the state. The northeast Iowa field day is June 21 at Nashua; the north-central field day is June 22 at Kanawha; and the southeast field day is June 22 at Crawfordsville.

These spring field days provide information on a wide range of subjects, with ISU Extension and Outreach specialists leading the demonstrations and discussions.

Northeast Research Farm Field Day, June 21
This field day will include updates on weather, cover crops, fertilizer management and weed management. The field day will run from 1 to 4:15 p.m. and is free to the public.

Elwynn Taylor, ISU Extension climatologist, will begin the program in the farm’s Borlaug Learning Center by providing insights on crop weather for 2017 growing season. Tom Kaspar, plant physiologist with USDA Ag Research Service, will give an update on cover crop practices for growers in northeast Iowa.

The event will then move outside for a tour of the farm. John Sawyer, ISU Extension specialist in soil fertility and nutrient management, will share his expertise on nitrogen fertilizer management for corn. Mike Owen, ISU weed scientist, will provide the latest on weed management including Palmer amaranth.

ISU’s Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm is at 3321 290th St., near Nashua. To reach the farm from the Nashua junction of Highway 218 (Exit 220) and County Road B60, go west on B60 1.1 miles to Windfall Avenue, then south 1 mile to 290th Street, and then east two-tenths of a mile to the farm. Certified crop adviser credits will be available. For more information about the field day, call Terry Basol, ISU Extension field agronomist, at 641-426-6801 or email [email protected].

Southeast Iowa Research Farm Field Day, June 22
“Farmers and those who advise farmers will want to attend the annual spring field day for the ISU Southeast Iowa Research Farm near Crawfordsville on June 22 beginning at 1:00 p.m.,” says Meaghan Anderson, ISU Extension field agronomist.

Registration for the field day begins at 12:30, with the tour starting at 1 p.m. with a “Farm and Crop Update” by Myron Rees, ISU research farm superintendent.

The field day will feature the following stops: dicamba injury plots hosted by Virgil Schmitt, ISU Extension field agronomist; managing seedling diseases in corn by Rebecca Vittetoe, ISU Extension field agronomist; and monarchs, pollinators and the farm: an unlikely friendship by Seth Appelgate, ISU agricultural specialist.

CCA continuing education credits will be available for the afternoon tour. Those wishing to obtain additional credits can come at 9 a.m. for a training session focusing on soil and water management and pest management.

Matt Helmers, ISU Extension ag engineer, will provide an update on the progress and outlook of the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. His presentation will give information on current successes and how to proceed for further reductions in nutrient loading to water sources. Anderson will provide an update on Palmer amaranth and discuss identification and management of this problem weed.

The fee for the morning Certified Crop Advisors session is $50, which includes lunch. The afternoon tours are free and open to the public. Register online by June 16 for the morning CCA session and noon lunch, or call the Johnson County Extension Office at 319-337-2145.

Northern Iowa Research Farm Field Day, June 22
Information on crop management, insecticide resistance of soybean aphids, sudden death syndrome in soybeans and sulfur fertilization of corn will highlight ISU’s Northern Research and Demonstration Farm field day in north-central Iowa. The event is at the ISU research farm near Kanawha at 310 S. Main St., immediately south of town.

Registration and refreshments will be at 9 a.m., with the field day beginning at 9:30 a.m. and running until 1 p.m. Lunch will be served at noon. Farm superintendent Matt Schnabel will begin the field day program with a season review of the farm and introductions of new farm staff.

Erin Hodgson, professor and Extension specialist in entomology at Iowa State, will discuss soybean aphid management and insecticide resistance in aphids. A review of the life cycle, scouting techniques and treatment thresholds will be discussed.

Daren Mueller, professor and Extension specialist in plant pathology and microbiology at Iowa State, will present on soybean sudden death syndrome and discuss current ISU research on SDS. Seed treatments, crop rotations and management of soybean cyst nematode will also be a part of Mueller’s talk.

John Sawyer, professor and ISU Extension specialist in soil fertility and nutrient management, will discuss current research on sulfur fertilizer application to corn. Sulfur deficiency symptoms, sources of sulfur fertilizer and crop yield response are topics. He will discuss the research on sulfur fertilization being conducted at the farm.

ISU Extension field agronomists Angie Rieck-Hinz and Paul Kassel will discuss current crop management topics for late June. Crop development, herbicide applications and Palmer amaranth identification will be discussed. Preregistration is not required to attend the field day.

Go online for more information about other ISU Research and Demonstration Farm locations and field day activities.

Source: Iowa State University


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