Iowa State Research Farms Schedule Late-summer Field Days

August 20th, 2004

The 50th anniversary celebration of the Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm will continue Aug. 25 as Iowa State University late-summer field days get underway.

Field days take place rain or shine. The public is welcome. The latest information on the field day schedule is available at: http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.html or by calling (515) 294-5045.

Those visiting Iowa State farms with livestock (locations are marked with an asterisk) are asked to take several precautions if they have been at another livestock operation. Those who have recently returned from a trip abroad are asked to wait five days before visiting Iowa State farms with animals. Visitors to farms with livestock are asked to change clothing and footwear after being in any livestock operation, foreign or domestic; and to refrain from bringing any food items to the research farm. If you have any questions, please call the Research and Demonstration Farms office at (515) 294-5045.

On-Farm Conservation and Water Quality Field Day
Aug. 24, 9 a.m. The farm is located near Ames, one mile north of Lincoln Way on R-38, west on 220th Street one-half mile and north on XL Avenue three-quarters of a mile. Topics will include the Conservation Reserve Program farmable wetland on the farm, wildlife management, drainage, nitrate reduction, tillage research, vegetative filters and water quality monitoring. Lunch will be available.

Western Research and Demonstration Farm*
Aug. 24, 1 p.m. The farm is located 4 miles east of Castana on County Road E-34. Topics include: condensed corn distiller soluble products, pricing for stocker and feedlot cattle, markets and profits for niche market pigs, soybean rust, crops update and alternative environmental technologies for feedlots.

Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm
Aug. 25, 9 a.m. The Doon farm is located 2.5 miles east and 1 mile north of Doon. The 50th anniversary celebration of the farm continues at its other location. Displays of farm equipment used 50 years ago will be part of the field day.

Armstrong Research and Demonstration Farm*
Sept. 8, 9:30 a.m. The farm is located 11 miles southwest of Atlantic on Highway 6, one-half mile south on M53 and three-quarters of a mile east. A farm tour will include these topics: production of confinement cattle in a hoop; tillage and crop rotation; cropping issues update; and tillage and fertilizer placement. A lunch will be available following the tour.

Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm
Sept. 9, 1:30 p.m. The farm is located 1 mile west of the intersection of Highway 218 and B60 in Nashua, 1 mile south and a quarter mile east. Topics will include: Crop growth and development in the cool 2004 season, occurrence of soybeans diseases this season, soil drainage and tiling, measuring soil quality and research on weed-shifts in row crops.

Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm
Sept. 15, 1 p.m. The farm is located 1.75 miles south and 2 miles east of Crawfordsville on the Washington/Louisa county-line road. Field day topics include: crop diseases, such as soybean sudden death syndrome, white mold, gray leaf spot and the outlook for Asian soybean rust; a crop season review; using double-cropped field peas after winter wheat for swine rations; and soybean plant population and soybean cyst nematode. There will also be a no-till manure injection demonstration at 10:30 a.m. before the field day. Lunch will be available.

Contacts: 

Dennis Shannon, Research and Demonstration Farms, (515) 294-1608, shannond@iastate.edu
Ed Adcock, Communications Service, (515) 294-2314, edadcock@iastate.edu