Iowa: 5 Upcoming Fall Field Days

    Weed management in soybeans field day. Photo: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    Mark your calendars for our upcoming fall field days. Below is a list of the upcoming field days that will take place in early September and topics featured at each field day. All field days are free and open to the public. We hope you can join us!

    Sept. 7, 2021 – Annual Forage Field Day hosted at Wells Dairy Farm (14658 252 St. Milton, IA)

    This Sept. 7 field day will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a meal. Topics to be discussed during the field day include:

    • Agronomic considerations with annual forages
      Clarabell Knapp and Rebecca Vittetoe, ISU Extension and Outreach field agronomists
    • Utilizing annual forages in livestock operations
      ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist Patrick Wall
    • A farmer’s perspective and experiences with using annual forages
      Jason Wells, Van Buren County farmer

    The field day will include a tour looking at the annual forages being utilized on the Wells Dairy Farm. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to the Van Buren County Extension Office by noon on Sept. 7 by either calling the office at 319-293-3039 or emailing

    Click here for more information, including directions to the farm.

    Sept. 8, 2021 – Strip-till Field Day hosted at the Agriculture Engineering and Agronomy Research Farm (1308 U Ave., Boone, IA)

    Registration for this Sept. 8 field day starts at 9 a.m. with the event kicking off at 9:30 a.m. and a complimentary lunch to follow the event at noon.

    Topics to be featured include:

    • Welcome and 2021 research farm update
      Michael Fiscus, Agricultural Engineering and Agronomy Research Farm Superintendent and Meaghan Anderson ISU Extension field agronomist
    • Strip-till considerations for farmers
      Matt Darr, professor in agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State
    • Considerations for reduced tillage and carbon markets
      Chad Hart, professor in economics and extension grain markets specialist at Iowa State University
    • Equipment and new technology demonstrations (will include several equipment manufacturers like Soil Warrior, Lynx Ag, Orthman, and Kuhn Krause)

    Those who attend can qualify for two soil and water CCA continuing education units. RSVP to Meaghan Anderson, ISU Extension field agronomist by Friday, Sept. 3, to assure your spot and a complimentary lunch, at or 319-331-0058.

    For more information on this field day, click here.

    Sept. 9, 2021 – Northern Research and Demonstration Farm Fall Field Day (1040 James Ave., Kanawha, IA)

    Registration for this Sept. 9 field day will start at 9:00 a.m. and will feature the following topics as well as a wagon tour of the research farm:

    • Research Farm and Growing Season Updates
      Matt Schnabel, Northern Research Farm Superintendent
    • Dry conditions impact on soil sampling and corn stalk nitrate test results
      Antonio Mallarino, professor in agronomy and extension specialist at Iowa State
    • Growing season impacts on crop yields and harvest considerations
      Mark Licht, assistant professor in agronomy and cropping systems specialist at Iowa State
    • Efficacy of 2021 weed control and weed control thoughts for 2022
      Angie Rieck-Hinz and Gentry Sorenson, ISU Extension field agronomists
    • Carbon markets: The Wild West
      Chad Hart, professor in economics and extension grain markets specialist at Iowa State

    A noon lunch will be available, at which time Hart will speak. The field day is free, open to the public and includes complimentary refreshments and lunch. A total of 2.5 CCA credits are available. Please register by contacting the ISU Extension and Outreach Wright County Office at 515-532-3453. More information on this field day can be found here.

    Sept. 9, 2021 – Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm Fall Field Day(3115 Louisa-Washington Rd, Crawfordsville, IA)

    Registration for this Sept. 9 field day starts at 1 p.m. with the field day kicking off at 1:30 p.m. Certified crop advisor credits will be available (1 PM and 0.5 SW). Topics to be featured include:

    • Research Farm and Association Updates
      Cody Schneider, Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm manager and Duane Jordan, past president/board member of the Southeast Iowa Agricultural Research Association
    • Utilizing Tile Drainage to Increase Productivity
      Matt Helmers, professor and agricultural engineering specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach
    • Corn Rootworm Management Strategies and Demo
      Erin Hodgson, professor in entomology and extension specialist in entomology at Iowa State University
    • Integrated Weed Management Strategies in Soybeans
      Prashant Jha, associate professor and extension weeds specialist at Iowa State

    This field day is free and open to the public. No RSVP is needed and refreshments will be available. Click here for more information on this field day.

    Sept. 15, 2021 – Western Research and Demonstration Farm Fall Field Day (36515 Hwy E34, Castana, IA)

    The Western Iowa Research and Demonstration Farm will be hosting a fall field day on Sept. 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The Western Iowa Experimental Associaiton will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary during this field day.

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    The field day will highlight current and historic agricultural research important to western Iowa agricultural interests.  A steak  lunch provided by Tyson Fresh Meats and the Monona County Cattlemen will be served at noon.  A brief keynote address will be provided by Dr. Jay Harmon, Iowa State University Director of Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension.

    Topics to be cover after lunch include:

    • Corn and soybean genetic demonstration plots
    • Technology in agriculture including drones and GIS tools
    • Livestock production
    • Soil demonstration pit
    • Equipment used through the decades and more.

    For more information on this field day contact the Western Experimental Association Research Farm Manager, Chris Beedle at 712-420-2460.

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