Iowa State University Field Day Aug. 24 to Focus on New Crop Forecasting Project
August 9th, 2017
AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University project to forecast and evaluate real-time soil and crop conditions in specific fields will be the subject of a field day Aug. 24 at the Agricultural Engineering/Agronomy Farm near Boone.
The Forecast and Assessment of Cropping sysTemS (FACTS) project uses information from 33 cropping systems across Iowa to answer questions about the impact of current weather conditions on crop yields, as well as the status of soil, water and nitrogen availability. Details about the project are available at: https://crops.extension.iastate.edu/facts/
Its goal is to provide quantitative answers to questions that farmers commonly ask, such as: the potential yield, nitrogen availability and the yield effects of using more nitrogen, planting more seeds or having more soil moisture available.
The field day, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 9 a.m. with registration. The program starts at 9:30 a.m. at the farm, which is located at 1308 U Ave., Boone. It will conclude with lunch served at noon.