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Explore Ag innovations at ISU field day

Explore Ag innovations at ISU field day

By Andi Anderson

The Iowa State University Northern Research and Demonstration Farm is set to hold a summer field day on Thursday, June 20. This educational event will take place at the south farm, located at 1040 James Ave., Kanawha, with the day beginning at 9 a.m.

Participants will be welcomed by Matt Schnabel, the farm superintendent, and Greg Guenther, president of the North Central Iowa Research Association. The event is a collaborative effort involving ISU Extension and Outreach and the North Central Iowa Research Association.

The field day will feature speakers addressing key agricultural topics:

  • Madelynn Wuestenberg, an agricultural climatology specialist, will explore the use of infrared technology to monitor field temperatures and its effects on crops.
  • Gentry Sorensen, a field agronomist, will provide an analysis of the 2024 growing season, discussing the implications for herbicide use and other management practices.
  • Angie Rieck-Hinz will talk about her research on planting dates for corn and soybeans, aiming to optimize future agricultural decisions.

“Farmers, landowners, local ag businesses, and students are invited to attend and have a chance to speak directly with Iowa State specialists on current issues in agriculture,” said Gentry Sorenson. “This year in particular has been a tough year for planting, replanting decisions and herbicide applications, and having direct access to expert information is crucial for decision-making.”

The event will also highlight a capital campaign to enhance research and extension facilities at the farm to support agricultural progress in north central Iowa. Angie Rieck-Hinz noted the importance of community involvement from farmers, retailers, and landowners in this endeavor.

Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. with refreshments available. The meeting is free to the public, and lunch will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to pre-register by June 18 by contacting Matt Schnabel at 641-762-3247. Certified Crop Advisers attending can earn up to 3.0 CEUs.

Support from local businesses such as First Citizens National Bank, Gold-Eagle Cooperative, Calcium Products, and New Cooperative has been vital in organizing this event.

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