Allee Demonstration Farm

Location: 

Newell, Buena Vista County

Directions: 1.5 miles west on the gravel road that intersects Highway 7 at the curve southeast of Newell

Allee Memorial Demonstration Farm
2030 640th Street
Newell, IA 50568

(712) 272-3512 
 

Size: 

160 acres

Owners: 

Iowa State University

History: 

The farm was started in 1958 when George M. Allee bequeathed 160 acres to ISU.

Soils: 

The terrain is nearly level to gently sloping and contains numerous depressions and low knobs. Predominant soils are:

Clarion:
2-5 percent slope, occurs on upland slopes, very well drained

Nicollet:
1-3 percent slope, occurs between uplands and low areas, poorly drained

Canisteo:
0-2 percent slope, poorly drained

Research and Demonstration: 

The farm is used for whole-farm agricultural demonstrations focused on modest-sized, sustainable, family-based farming. The farm is used to develop profitable farming systems for these farm units. All the farm’s enterprises incorporate whole-farm systems rather than studying individual components.

Innovative techniques are used for growing crops and livestock. These techniques will be used to develop systems that complement the crop, livestock and management of modest-sized farms. The farm is the site of a biomass research trial involving the perennial grass miscanthus. The farm staff also is active with research

Facilities: 

The farm has outdoor and confinement cattle-feeding lots with a capacity of 250 head. The farm feeds cattle that are part of the university’s large beef cattle breeding project. The cattle also are part of a cover crop grazing project.

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