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ISU Demonstration Farm field days June 21 and 22

By Staff | Jun 9, 2017

NASHUA (ISU E) Iowa State University’s Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm will host its annual spring field day June 21. The event will provide information on a wide range of subjects, with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists leading demonstrations and discussions.

The field day will run from 1-4:15 p.m., and is free and open to the public.

Elwynn Taylor, professor of agriculture and meteorology and extension climatologist at Iowa State, will begin the program in the farm’s Borlaug Learning Center by providing insights on crop weather for the 2017 growing season. Tom Kasper, plant physiologist with USDA-ARS, will also give an update on cover crop practices for growers in northeast Iowa.

The event will then move outside for a tour of the farm. John Sawyer, professor and extension specialist in soil fertility and nutrient management, will share his expertise on nitrogen fertilizer management for corn and Mike Owen, professor and extension specialist in agronomy and weed science, will provide the latest on weed management including Palmer amaranth.

The ISU Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm is located at 3321 290th Street, Nashua. To reach the farm from the Nashua junction of Hwy 218 (Exit 220) and Co. Rd. B60, go west on B60 1.1 miles to Windfall Ave., then south 1 mile to 290th St., then east 0.2 miles to the farm.

Certified crop advisor credits will be available (1 SW, 1 NM, 1 PM, 1 CM). For more information about the field day call Terry Basol, field agronomist with ISU Extension and Outreach, at 641-426-6801.

The following day, crop management, insecticide resistance of soybean aphids, sudden death syndrome in soybean and sulfur fertilization of corn will highlight the summer field day of the Iowa State University Northern Research and Demonstration Farm.

The field day will take place June 22 at the farm’s north location. The address is 310 S. Main St., Kanawha, immediately south of town.

Registration and refreshments will be at 9:00 a.m. and the field day will start at 9:30 a.m. A lunch will be served at noon. The field day will conclude at 1:00 p.m.

Matt Schnabel, farm superintendent will begin the field day program with a season review of the farm and introductions of new farm staff.

Erin Hodgson, ISU Extension and Outreach entomologist will discuss soybean aphid management and insecticide resistance in aphids. A review of the life cycle, scouting techniques and treatment thresholds will also be discussed.

Daren Mueller, ISU Extension and Outreach Plant Pathologist will make a presentation on soybean sudden death syndrome (SDS). Mueller will discuss some of the current ISU research on SDS. Seed treatments, crop rotations and the management of soybean cyst nematode will also be a part of Mueller’s talk.

John Sawyer, ISU Extension and Outreach soil fertility agronomist will discuss current research on sulfur fertilizer applications to corn. Sulfur deficiency symptoms, sources of sulfur fertilizer and crop yield response will be discussed. Sawyer will discuss the research on sulfur fertilization that is being conducted at the ISU Northern farm.

Angie Rieck-Hinz and Paul Kassel, ISU Extension and Outreach field agronomists, will discuss current crop management topics that occur in late June. Crop development, herbicide applications, and Palmer waterhemp identification will be discussed.

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