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July 2 - dive into Iowa farm innovations

July 2 - dive into Iowa farm innovations

By Andi Anderson

Iowa State University’s Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm is set to host its annual field day on Tuesday, July 2, at 6320 500th St., Sutherland.

The event begins at 9:30 a.m. and offers a comprehensive look at the latest trends and challenges in the agriculture sector.

The day will start with registration at 9 a.m. and will provide valuable insights into crop markets and agronomic practices, especially after a challenging wet spring.

The field day will be initiated with a session titled “Markets in 2024: Opportunities and Challenges,” led by Chad Hart, a crop marketing specialist from ISU Extension and Outreach.

This will provide a crucial platform for farmers and agronomists to understand market dynamics and prepare for future trends.

Subsequent sessions will include “Navigating Nitrogen,” by Richard Roth, focusing on nitrogen management strategies tailored for wet conditions, and “Soybean Cyst Nematode Management,” by Greg Tylka, a renowned expert from Iowa State.

These sessions aim to equip attendees with knowledge and techniques to enhance crop resilience and productivity.

Leah Ten Napel, field agronomist with ISU Extension and Outreach, expressed enthusiasm about the educational opportunities, stating, “We believe the day will provide a great deal of education and networking time for everyone in attendance.”

The morning sessions will also offer CCA credits in nutrient management (NM), integrated pest management (IPM), and crop management (CM).

A complimentary lunch will be provided at noon, giving participants time to network and discuss the morning’s learnings. Post-lunch, the event continues with a Windbreak Management Workshop at 1 p.m., led by Sarah Bell, a DNR district forester, and Andrew Koehlmoos, a district conservationist.

This workshop will delve into techniques for maintaining effective windbreaks, essential for protecting crops and enhancing farm sustainability.

Attendance at both the morning field day and the afternoon workshop is free, with no registration required.

This event promises to be an informative experience and a chance to connect with peers and industry leaders in a collaborative setting. The day is supported by local businesses, demonstrating a community-wide commitment to agricultural advancement.

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