Iowa State University’s Muscatine Island Research Farm Field Day Set for Aug. 15

July 24th, 2017

AMES, Iowa — Research on corn, soybeans and vegetables will be featured Aug. 15 during a field day at the Iowa State University’s Muscatine Island Research and Demonstration Farm.

The field day is scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. at the farm, which is located in Fruitland at 111 North St. There is no charge for attending the field day. It is open to the public.

The farm serves commercial produce growers and farmers of agricultural crops. Melon production is popular in Fruitland due to its coarse, sandy glacial soil, groundwater that is close to the surface and a warmer, longer growing season than most of Iowa.

Topics scheduled to be presented at the field day include:

  • Overview of research trials, Josh Michel and Dominic Snyder, agricultural specialists
  • Biochar potato and sweet corn study, Ajay Nair, associate professor of horticulture
  • Soybean variety trials and studies, Kevin Falk, agronomy graduate student
  • Soybean cyst nematode trials and studies, Greg Tylka, professor of plant pathology and microbiology
  • Local agronomic issues, Virgil Schmitt, extension field specialist

To register for the event or for more information about the farm, contact manager Joshua Michel at 563-262-8787 or jjmichel@iastate.edu; or visit the research farm’s website at:  http://farms.ag.iastate.edu/content/muscatine-island-research-and-demons....

The field day is sponsored by Iowa State Extension and Outreach and the Muscatine Island Research Farm Association.
 

Contacts: 

Josh Michel, Muscatine Island Research and Demonstration Farm, 563-262-8787, jjmichel@iastate.edu
Ed Adcock, Agriculture and Life Sciences Communications Service, 515-294-2314, edadcock@iastate.edu