In 1931, a group of farmers started the Northern Iowa Research Association to work on problems specific to northern Iowa farmers. The Northern Iowa Research Association purchased a farm on the southern edge of Kanawha and has encouraged Iowa State University researchers to conduct work there. Since its beginning, this farm has conducted research in flax production, sugar beet production, small grain management, corn and soybean breeding, weed management, nutrient management (nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium), soybean cyst nematode, tillage, replant decisions, and rotations.
On Friday, September 8, 2006, a day-long open house will be held, featuring a general program in the morning, tours, a pork sandwich lunch, educational displays, shuttle trips to research projects, antique machinery exhibits, and research talks throughout the day. Special guests for the day will include past Iowa State University researchers, Wendy Wintersteen, Dean of Agriculture, and United States Congressman Tom Latham. The celebration will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. For a complete agenda, visit the Wright County Extension homepage.
Northern Iowa Research and Demonstration Farm at Kanawha as it looks today. (Barbara McBreen)
Northern Iowa Research and Demonstration Farm at Kanawha as it looked in 1934. (Barbara McBreen)
This article originally appeared on page 222 of the IC-496(23) -- August 7, 2006 issue.