Iowa State University
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

ISU Research and Demonstration Farms

2014 Farm Field Days

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 read the Foot and Mouth Advisory (135K PDF).

Directions to the farms are on the farm pages.

Download the 2014 Field Days Schedule (.pdf)

Download the ISU McNay Beef Management Series Schedule(.pdf)


Location Research Farm Topics Date Meal Served

Ames

Horticulture Station

Vegetables
Rolling crimper
and strip tillage

June 5
5:00 p.m.

Refreshments

Fruitland

Muscatine Island

Crops/Vegetables

June 24
5:30 pm

Y

Nashua

Northeast

Crops

June 24
1 p.m.

Refreshments

Sutherland

Northwest

Crops

June 25
9:30 a.m.

Y (fee)

Kanawha

Northern

Crops

June 26
9:00 a.m.

Y

Crawfordsville

Southeast

Crops

June 26
1 p.m.

Refreshments

Ames

Horticulture Station

Turfgrass

July 24
8 a.m.

Y

Ames

Horticulture Station

Fruit/Vegetables

August 11
1 p.m.

Y

Nashua

Northeast

Ag Drainage Workshop

August 19-21

Pre-registration required (fee)
Call Kapil Arora
515-291-0874

Greenfield

Neely-Kinyon

Crops

August 26
4:00 p.m.

Y

Nashua

Northeast

Crops

Sept 3
1:00 p.m.

Refreshments

Sioux Center

Dordt College

Crops

Sept 3
6 p.m.

Y

Chariton*

McNay

Beef cattle

Sept 18
4:30 p.m.

Y

Chariton*

McNay

Greenhorn Programs

June 18
July 15
Oct 23
Nov 18
10 a.m.

Y

Chariton*

McNay

Grazing Studies

Aug 18
10:30 a.m.

Y

Crawfordsville

Southeast

Crops

Sept. 9
1:00 p.m.


2014 Demonstration Home Garden Field Days

Location Research Farm Topics Date

Kanawha

Northern

Garden

August 6
6:00 p.m.

Nashua

Northeast

Garden

August 9
4:00 p.m.

Rock Rapids

Northwest

Garden

CANCELLED

Ames

Horticulture Station

Garden

July 23
6:00 p.m.

Fruitland

Muscatine Island

Garden

August 5
6:30 p.m.

Lewis*

Armstrong

Garden

July 21
6:30 p.m.


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

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://www.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 (bolded and marked with asterisks above):
  • 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 or read the Foot and Mouth Advisory (135K PDF).