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Iowa State to host Research Farm Field Days

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Iowa State University's Research and Demonstration Farm field days begin June 21 with a 25th anniversary celebration at the Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Crawfordsville.

The farm was founded in 1987 by a group of farmers who formed the Southeast Iowa Agricultural Research Association. It is rented to Iowa State for research and demonstration projects.

The field day starts at noon with a complimentary lunch served by the Washington County Cattlemen and is followed by the anniversary program at 12:45 p.m.

The program includes remarks by Iowa State's Vice President for Extension and Outreach Cathann Kress and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean Wendy Wintersteen. The keynote speaker will be Emeritus Professor of Economics Neil Harl.

The program will conclude with a panel discussion on the last 25 years in agriculture. From Crawfordsville, the farm is located one and three-quarter miles south, two miles east on G62 and three-quarter miles north on the Washington/Louisa county-line road.

The research and demonstration farms host field days that include tours of field projects. 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 web site at www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.php.

The rest of the schedule for this year's field days includes:

--Northern Research and Demonstration Farm, June 26, coffee at 9 a.m., field day begins at 9:30 a.m. with a lunch afterwards, Kanawha.

Topics: Corn and soybean management, potentially including pests (weeds, insects, diseases), fertility, tillage, mechanization, water quality and production practices.

The farm is located just south of Kanawha on county road R35.

--Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm, June 27, coffee at 9 a.m., field day begins at 9:30 a.m. with a lunch afterwards, Sutherland.

Topics: Corn and soybean management, potentially including pests (weeds, insects, diseases), fertility, tillage, mechanization, water quality and production practices.

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 28, 1 p.m., Nashua.

Topics: Corn and soybean management, potentially including pests (weeds, insects, diseases), fertility, tillage, mechanization, water quality and production practices.

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 23, coffee/registration at 8:30 a.m., field day begins at 9 a.m., lunch included with registration, Ames.

For pre-registration contact Ajay Nair, nairajay@iastate.edu.

Topics: Fruit and vegetable management, potentially including pests (weeds, insects, diseases), fertility, tillage, mechanization and production.

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.

--Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm, Aug. 22, 1 p.m., Nashua.

Topics: Farm and weather review, weather and crop forecast, field drainage issues, corn soybean disease management and nematodes.

--Northern Research and Demonstration Farm, Sept. 5, coffee at 9 a.m., field day begins at 9:30 a.m. with a lunch afterwards, Kanawha.

Topics: Corn and soybean management, potentially including pests (weeds, insects, diseases), fertility, tillage, mechanization, water quality and production practices.

--McNay Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm*, Sept. 6, 5:30 p.m. meal, field day program follows, Chariton.

Topics: Beef cattle management, potentially including forages, breeding, reproduction, health and production.

The farm is located south four miles on Highway 65 from the intersection of highways 65 and 34, then two and a half miles east on a gravel road and north a quarter mile. The headquarters is on the east side of the road.

--Neely-Kinyon Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm, Aug. 7, 4 p.m., Greenfield.

Topics: Sorghum, organic research and specialty soybeans.

The farm is located two miles south on Highway 25 from the intersection of highways 92 and 25 in Greenfield, then one-half mile east and a quarter mile north.

*Visitors to farms with livestock (marked with an asterisk) are asked to follow these guidelines when attending a field day:

--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.

Date: 6/18/2012


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