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