Neely-Kinyon Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm

Location: 

Adair County

Directions: Go 2 miles south of Greenfield on Highway 25, 1 mile east and a half mile north.

2557 Norfolk Ave.
Greenfield, IA 50849

Size: 

160 acres

Owners: 

Wallace Foundation for Rural Research and Development

History: 

The Wallace Foundation was formed in 1990 to enhance agricultural research and education for southwest Iowa. A donation of a 160-acre farm in Adair County by Wayne and Margaret Neely in 1994 established the Neely-Kinyon Research Farm. The farm is managed as a satellite of the Armstrong Research Farm.

Soils: 

Gently to strongly sloping well-drained loess soils characterize the area. Predominant soils are:

Shelby:
9 to 30 percent slope, moderately well-drained glacial till derived soil, occurring on upland side slopes

Sharpsburg:
2 to 9 percent slope, moderately well-drained soils formed from loess.

Research and Demonstration: 

The farm researches and demonstrates alternative agricultural approaches that are environmentally sound and have a positive impact on the community.

Crops. A 17-acre block of 40 quarter-acre plots is dedicated to research. Plant, soil, pest, grain quality and economic performance of organic and conventional systems are studied. Sorghum is grown for information related to biomass production. Cover crops also are studied.
Soils. The topography of the area makes soil erosion, cropping rotation and tillage research important. Prairie strips are used to control water and nutrient movement in the fields. There is ongoing monitoring of soil quality for the crops research.

Facilities: 

In addition to the plots, the farm has a machinery storage building. An erosion control structure waterway and tile drainage was completed recently.

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