Research Farms Field Days

This information in this list may change as specifics are finalized.  Please check back before the event(s) you are interested in.

Field days give farmers and the public a chance to see research projects in progress and talk with the researchers involved in the experiments. But they also provide the opportunity to view the latest in modern agriculture. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Topics of field days in the summer typically cover corn and soybean production, including insect and weed management, soil fertility, tillage systems, water quality, planting dates, crop population, manure management and value-added crops.

Those visiting Iowa State farms with livestock (locations are marked in bold) are asked to take several precautions if they have been at another livestock operation. Those who have recently returned from a trip abroad are asked to wait five days before visiting Iowa State farms with animals. Visitors to farms with livestock are asked to change clothing and footwear after being in any livestock operation, foreign or domestic; and to refrain from bringing any food items to the research farm. If you have any questions, please call the Research and Demonstration Farms office at (515) 294-5045 or visit https://farms.ag.iastate.edu/visitors.

 

2017 Field Days

Location

Research Farm

Subject

Date

Meal served

 

Ames

 

Horticulture

 

Crops

June 1

4 pm to 6 pm pre-register at

https://www.extension.iastate.edu/vegetablelab/

 

N

Fruitland

Muscatine Island

Crops

(hort and agronomic)

TBD

 

Nashua

Northeast

Crops and Soils

June 21

1 pm to 4:15 pm

N

 

Crawfordsville

 

Southeast

 

Crops and Soils

June 22, CCA session 8:30 am, pre-register at

https://isuext.typeform.com/to/DmNNyX

 

Y

 

Crawfordsville

 

Southeast

 

Crops and Soils

June 22

1 pm

Open to the public field day tours

 

N

 

Kanawha

 

Northern

 

Crops and Soils

June 22

9 am to 1 pm

RSVP to Wright County Extension 515-532-3453

 

Y

 

Lewis*

 

Armstrong

 

Nitrogen and Water

June 27

9:45 am to 12:15 pm

 

Y

 

Boone

 

Ag Engineering/Agronomy

 

Nitrogen and Water

June 27

9:45 am to 12:15 pm

 

Y

 

Nashua

 

Northeast

 

Nitrogen and Water

June 28

9:45 am to 12:15 pm

 

Y

 

Sutherland

 

Northwest

 

Nitrogen and Water

June 29

9:45 am to 12:15 pm

 

Y

 

Crawfordsville

 

Southeast

 

Nitrogen and Water

June 29

9:45 am to 12:15 pm

$25 fee, pre-register at
www.aep.iastate.edu/nitrogen 

 

Y

Sutherland Northwest Crops and Soils

July 12

9 am to Noon

Y
Castana* Western   July 20 TBD  
Greenfield Neely-Kinyon Organic/Sustainable Crop System August 22 4pm to 7pm Y
Boone Ag Engineering/Agronomy FACTS August 24 9am to Noon  
Nashua Northeast Crops and Soils August 25  
Crawfordsville Southeast Crops and Soils September 7 TBD  
Kanawha Northern Crops and Soils Fall TBD  
Sioux Center Dordt College Crops and Soils

Fall TBD

 

 

 

2017 Garden Days

Location

Research Farm

Subject

Date

Rock Rapids

Northwest

Garden

July 18

6 p.m.

Lewis*

Armstrong

Garden

Aug 1

6:30 p.m.

Kanawha

Northern

Garden

Aug. 2

6:30 p.m.

Ames

Horticulture Station

Garden

Aug 3

6:30 p.m.

Nashua

Northeast

Garden

Aug 5

4 p.m.

Fruitland

Muscatine Island

Garden

July 20

6:30 p.m.

 

If you have any questions, please call the Research and Demonstration Farms office at (515) 294-5045 or read the Foot and Mouth Advisory (135K PDF).

 

*Indicates livestock farm, see visitor policies below.

The public is welcome to attend these field days, which take place rain or shine. There is no charge, unless noted.

Field days consist of tours of research and demonstration plots. Topics vary for each farm depending on local interest and conditions, but the early summer field days usually deal with corn and soybean production.

Many of the farms plant and maintain vegetable and flower gardens with help from the Department of Horticulture to provide gardening ideas and display new varieties available in Iowa.

Directions and contact information for each of the farms can be found at http://farms.ag.iastate.edu/farms.

Livestock Farm Visitor Policies
Visitors are asked to follow these policies when attending a field day at a farm with livestock, marked with an asterisk.

  • There is a five-day waiting period prior to visiting Iowa State University livestock farms if you have traveled outside the United States.
  • If you have visited another livestock farm, you are asked to change clothing and footwear.
  • Visitors are not allowed to bring food to the research farms.

If you have any questions, please call the Research and Demonstration Farms office at (515) 294-5045