Field day focuses on new technologies

New technologies for profitable crop production will be reviewed at the annual spring field day June 17 at the Iowa State University Northeast Research farm near Nashua. The program will feature wagon tours at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. of selected research projects. Stops on the tour include new weed management strategies, how Bt varieties reduce the European corn borer threat, the impacts of various planting practices on production, and crop response to potassium and phosphate placement.

The headquarters building will feature an expanded, interactive display area with a demonstration of computer web sites and agronomic software available to producers; digitized soil mapping, yield monitors, and electro-magnetic induction used in precision agriculture; an update on the ISU-Hawkeye Community College Precision Ag Demonstration project; and ways to best use manure nutrients for crop production. Visitors can bring their own grain samples for free analysis by Near Infra-Red (NIR) machines from the ISU Grain Quality Initiative.

Meals will be available for a nominal cost an hour preceding both tours. Other activities are free and pre-registration is not required. The research farm is a mile south of Nashua on Hwy. 218 and 1.5 miles west.

This article originally appeared on page 90 of the IC-478(12) -- June 9, 1997 issue.

Updated 06/08/1997 - 1:00pm