AMES, Iowa — Field days at Iowa State University's Research and Demonstration Farms begin June 19 at the Northeast farm near Nashua. Among the highlights of the field day season is the 50th anniversary of the Allee Demonstration Farm near Newell on Sept. 16. There also will be special tours of biomass research plots and bioenergy processing equipment at the Agricultural Engineering/Agronomy Farm near Ames Aug. 25 and 29, the days before and after the Farm Progress Show. The public is welcome to attend these field days, which take place rain or shine. Farm visitors are asked to follow policies at the end of this release when attending a field day at a farm with livestock (marked with an asterisk). There is more information on the Web at: https://farms.cals.iastate.edu/research-farms-field-days-and-meetings. The complete field day schedule: Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm June 19, 1:30 p.m., near Nashua Topics: corn and soybean growth and development, fungicide and corn insecticides review The farm is located one mile west of the Highway 218 and B60 intersection in Nashua, one mile south and a quarter mile east. Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm June 25, 9 a.m., near Sutherland Topics: livestock and grain marketing, weed management, growing season update, fertility and liming issues The farm is located 11 miles north of Cherokee on U.S. Highway 59 and a quarter mile east on county road B62. Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm June 26, 10:30 a.m., controlled drainage field day; noon, free lunch; 1 p.m. field day program Topics: new corn herbicides, crop season outlook, tiling research and a speech on "food vs. feed vs. fuel" 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. Armstrong Research and Demonstration Farm* June 27, 9:30 a.m., near Lewis Topics: soybean fungicides, corn hybrids by cropping systems, beef feedlot run-off systems and vineyard trials The farm is 11 miles southwest of Atlantic on Highway 6, one-half mile south on M53 and three-quarters of a mile east. Northern Research and Demonstration Farm July 1, 9:30 a.m., near Kanawha Topics: corn and soybean date of planting information, weed management update and pesticide spray drift demonstration The farm is just south of Kanawha on county road R35. Demonstration Garden Field Days Featuring heirloom and modern tomato varieties, 40 types of herbs, small watermelons and flowers. FARM————————————————————-DATE——-TIME Northwest "“ Rock Rapids (Lyon County Fairgrounds)—July 15—-6 p.m. McNay*———————————————————-July 17—-6 p.m. Northwest "“ Sutherland—————————————July 26—-9 a.m. Northeast——————————————————-Aug. 2——4 p.m. Muscatine Island———————————————-Aug. 4——6:30 p.m. Horticulture Station——————————————-Aug. 5——6:30 p.m. Armstrong*——————————————————Aug. 6——6:30 p.m. Northern———————————————————Aug. 7——6:30 p.m. Late Summer Field Days Armstrong Research and Demonstration Farm* July 15, 6:30 p.m., near Lewis Topic: crop production in high tunnels Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm Aug. 4, 6 p.m., near Doon Topic: crop production Neely-Kinyon Research and Demonstration Farm* Aug. 20, 4 p.m., near Greenfield Topics: sustainable crop production and livestock grazing The farm is 2 miles south of Greenfield on Highway 25, 1 mile east and one-half mile north. Agricultural Engineering/Agronomy Research and Demonstration Farm Aug. 25, 1 to 4 p.m. (before Farm Progress Show) Aug. 29, 9 a.m. to noon (after Farm Progress Show) There is a $5 fee per person for the tours. Topics: New Century Farm plans for an integrated biomass production and processing research facility, bioenergy crop plots, biochar as a soil amendment, instruments for measuring soil and water effects, bioenergy crop residue harvesting equipment, woody crops for biomass and biomass refining Meet at farm headquarters, 1308 U Ave. The farm is located west of Ames on Highway 30, one-quarter mile south on U Avenue. Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm Sept. 2, 6 p.m., near Sutherland Topic: crop production Northern Research and Demonstration Farm Sept. 3, 9:30 a.m., Kanawha Topic: crop production Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm Sept. 4, 1:30 p.m., near Nashua Topic: crop production Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm Sept. 10, 1 p.m., near Crawfordsville. Topic: crop production Western Research and Demonstration Farm* September date to be announced Topics: livestock and forage management Four miles east of Castana on County Road E-34. McNay Research and Demonstration Farm* September date to be announced Topics: livestock and crop production South 4 miles on Highway 65 from the intersection of highways 65 and 34, 2.5 miles east on a gravel road and north .75 mile, near Chariton. The headquarters is on the west side of the road. Allee Demonstration Farm* Sept. 16, 9:30 a.m. Topics: 50th anniversary celebration including a keynote speech by Endowed Dean Wendy Wintersteen, antique tractors, displays and refreshments The 50th anniversary celebration of the Allee Demonstration Farm on Sept. 16 will conclude with tours of the mansion of George Allee, an early developer of corn hybrids. A gift from his estate established the farm in 1958. He also bequeathed hybrid genetic material to Iowa State's corn-breeding program. The field day will include an antique tractor display, 1950s-era corn plot and speakers. Go 1.5 miles west on the gravel road that intersects Highway 7 at the curve southeast of Newell. Muscatine Island Research and Demonstration Farm September date to be announced Topic: sugar beet production for ethanol Located at 111 North St., Fruitland. Livestock Farm Visitor Policy "¢ Visitors who have returned from travel outside the United States are asked to wait five days before visiting Iowa State livestock farms. "¢ 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.
Research and Demonstration Farm Field Days Begin June 19
June 9, 2008