Thistle caterpillars, late season crops disease and crop development will highlight the September 5 fall field day at the ISU Northern Research and demonstration farm fall field day.
Registration and refreshments will begin at 9 a.m. A noon lunch will be available. The field day is open to the public and includes complimentary refreshments and lunch.
The farm is located at 1040 James Ave., Kanawha – about two miles south of Kanawha on County Road R35.
The program begins at 9:30 a.m. with Matt Schnabel, Northern Research Farm superintendent, giving a review of the growing season and a discussion of summer activities.
Alison Robertson, professor and extension specialist in plant pathology and microbiology at Iowa State, will talk about late season corn diseases – including some discussion on tar spot of corn.
Paul Kassel will discuss the impact of the late planting and summer growing conditions on crop development.
Angie Rieck-Hinz, ISU Extension and Outreach field agronomist, and Karen Wilke, coordinator with The Nature Conservancy, will discuss cover crop management for 2020 and some local funding options.
There are Certified Crops Advisor credits available. There is one credit each in Soil Water, Pest Management and Professional development.