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 any of the 2011 ISU 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 web site at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.php. Visitors are asked to follow these guidelines when attending a field day at a farm with livestock. The ISU research farms that have livestock on them are marked with an asterisk in the following field day schedule (see below).
• 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.
The schedule for this year's ISU field days includes:
Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm: June 15, 1 p.m., at 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., at 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., at Sutherland. Topics: Weed management, trees as a biomass source, surface water runoff, crop management and grain handling. The farm is 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., at 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: http://www.hort.iastate.edu/news/)
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., at 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., at Boone. Topics: Corn management research, corn fungicides and diseases, precision ag tools and strip tillage. These farms are located west of Ames on Highway 30 at 1308 U Avenue.
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. 18, 1 p.m. at Crawfordsville. Topics are yet to be determined. 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.
FARM--DATE—TIME for Garden Field Days
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 Iowa Research Farm at Sutherland--Aug. 10—starts at 6:30 p.m.