Precision Agriculture Field Days in 1998

Field days later this year will be a good way for you to get updated on some of the latest information on precision agriculture. You will be able to see equipment, talk with ISU researchers, extension specialists, and farmers working in this area, and hear what they learned during the season. There are currently five scheduled field days. For more information, contact your local Extension office or the Agronomy Extension office at ISU (515-294-1923).

Western Iowa

August 24, Barry Kusel farm, Manning, IA

(ISU and Iowa Soybean Promotion Board)

Central Iowa

August 26, Ron Heck farm, Ogden, IA

(ISU and Iowa Soybean Promotion Board)

Date to be announced. ISU Precision Agriculture Field Day, Ames, IA.

Eastern Iowa

August 27 , Don Keiper farm, Palo, IA

(ISU and Iowa Soybean Promotion Board)

August 25, NE Iowa Research and Demonstration Farm, Nashua, IA

(ISU and Hawkeye Community College)

How can you get the most from your time at a field day? Here are some ideas you may want to consider for this year.

  1. Plan ahead. Mark the date on your calendar now (or as soon as you receive confirmation of the date) so that it will not be a surprise and you will have it worked into your week.
  2. Bring a friend. Ask a neighbor or friend to travel with you. The drive home will provide a good opportunity to talk through what you heard or saw.
  3. Arrive early. There is plenty to see. The experts will be there early. Talk to them and browse the displays.
  4. Pick up materials. You cannot remember everything. Bring a small plastic bag and stuff it with the handouts you pick up from the exhibitors and speakers. File this material in a folder back in your office for later reading and referral.
  5. Ask questions. You are there to learn and so is everyone else. Do not assume that you are the only one who did not "get it." Ask the speaker to say it again in a different way.
  6. Take notes. Bring a small notepad and a pencil. Don't trust your memory.
  7. Take pictures. Bring your camera and take photographs. Film is cheap. Get close to the display, equipment, or poster. Snap away. It will make sense and help you remember several months later.
  8. Stay cool. Summer and hayracks can be hot. Wear a hat, use some sunscreen, and bring your sunglasses and a water bottle. You'll be glad you did!

This article originally appeared on page 15 of the IC-480 (4c Precision Ag Edition) -- April 9, 1998 issue.

Updated 04/08/1998 - 1:00pm