Weather, corn planting populations, fungicides for crops and GPS technology for Iowa will be among the topics at the Northwest Iowa Experimental Farm Field Day on Tuesday, June 30 at the farm near Calumet in O'Brien County. Iowa State University Extension specialists will team up with farm staff in presentations during the event.
Elwynn Taylor, widely known ISU Extension Climatologist, will discuss "Cropping Season Weather Considerations for 2009." Roger Elmore, ISU Extension Corn Production Specialist, will be addressing another common topic for corn producers, "Recent Corn Planting Population Research Results."
Alison Robertson, ISU Extension Plant Pathologist in Ames has been conducting a lot of comparisons of corn and soybean fungicide treatments around Iowa the past few years. In her presentation she will discuss the research results from these studies.
Matt Darr, an Agricultural Engineer relatively new to ISU will present on the topic of "Practical Considerations for GPS Technology." As an addition to the typical morning program format, Darr will present an afternoon session beginning at 1 pm where field demonstrations of the accuracy of different GPS signals will be shown. A discussion will also be held about how to make the new DOT RTK network work for you. Ag Partners from Calumet will also be demonstrating a tractor set up with GPS from their operation.
Field day activities get underway with registration and coffee at 9 a.m. with the program beginning at 9:30 a.m. Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) credits will be offered. The main program will conclude at noon, and the optional afternoon session should be completed by about 2:30 p.m. A noon lunch will be available at the site - for about $6. If participants choose to not eat at the field day, attendance is free! In case of rain, the event will be held at the American Legion Hall in Sutherland.
The farm is located 1/4 mile east of Highway 59 on B-62, approximately two miles
south of Calumet. Contact your nearest county Extension office for additional information.