Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms to Host Crops Field Day

AMES, Iowa -- Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms and Wallace Foundation for Rural Research and Development will host the 19th annual Crops Field Day on Thursday, Aug. 1 at 5 p.m. The event will be held at the ISU Armstrong Research Farm in Lewis, Iowa.

Crops Field Day is free and open to the public. The agenda includes a free supper, courtesy of the Wallace Foundation for Rural Research and Development, and three different educational stations focused on results from recent field research projects. Elwynn Taylor, ISU agronomy professor, will address the statewide weather stations system at the first educational station. Mark Hanna, ISU Extension agricultural engineer, will discuss the Farm Energy Project at the second station and at the third station, Aaron Saeugling, ISU Extension field agronomist, will explain corn development during various corn planting dates. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and connect with the researchers in an informal setting.

“We are looking forward to sharing some preliminary results from our field trials at the field day,” said Dana Petersen, program coordinator for Hanna’s ISU Farm Energy Project. “Folks will also be able to meet our summer research assistant, Anthony Battazi, and hear a bit about his work on the project during recent months.”

Bernie Havlovic, manager of the ISU Armstrong Research and Demonstration Farm, said the annual Crops Field Day is one of the best parts of his job. “It’s a great opportunity for folks to learn about our different research projects, see field demonstrations first hand and to ask specific questions that are relevant to their own farming operations,” said Havlovic.

The Armstrong Farm contains livestock and those visiting it are asked to take a few precautions: change clothing and footwear after being at another livestock operation; and refrain from bringing any food items to the farm. Those who have recently returned from a trip abroad are asked to wait five days before visiting the farm.

For more information, call the Research and Demonstration Farms office at 515-294-5054.