Iowa State University Specialty Crop Field Days June 18 and 19

June 4th, 2013

AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms will host field days June 18 and 19 focusing on field and horticultural crops and maintaining timbered areas.

The Muscatine Island Research and Demonstration Farm will be the site of the June 18 field day, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The farm is located at 111 North St. in Fruitland.

Scheduled events begin with a wagon tour of the farm including presentations on field and horticultural crops. A dinner follows at 6:45 p.m. Ajay Nair, an assistant professor of horticulture, and Vince Lawson, farm superintendent at the Muscatine Island farm, are coordinating the program.

The June 19 field day will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Brayton Memorial Research Forest, near Delhi in Delaware County. The program, coordinated by Jesse Randall, an assistant professor of natural resource ecology and management, includes a walking tour of the forest and presentations on controlling ticks, prescribed burning, forest road construction, reducing erosion in timber, timber sales and tree harvesting and replanting.

Directions to the Brayton Forest: From Hopkinton, go north on Highway 38, take the first gravel road right and go 0.4 miles north. Turn east past the old building site and go about half a mile to the end of the road. The farm begins at the end of the road and lies to the east. Look for the ISU field day sign at the Highway 38 and 270th Avenue intersection.

The complete list of field days scheduled for this year is available at:  http://www.ag.iastate.edu/farms/fielddays.php.
 

Contacts: 

Ajay Nair, Horticulture, (515) 294-7080, nairajay@iastate.edu
Vince Lawson, Muscatine Island Research and Demonstration Farm, (563) 262-8787, vlawson@iastate.edu
Jesse Randall, Natural Resource Ecology and Management, (515) 294-1168, randallj@iastate.edu
Ed Adcock, Agriculture and Life Sciences Communication Service, (515) 294-2314, edadcock@iastate.edu