Since 1987, the Field Extension Education Laboratory in Boone, Iowa has been dedicated to providing a hands-on learning experience for crop production professionals. During summer, the facility is used by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach as a teaching and demonstration facility, using the facility's demonstration plots to show a wide range of management problems, solutions, and diagnostic challenges. It has air-conditioned classrooms that complement the plot tours, all of which are within walking distance. Facility amenities include air-conditioned classrooms, Wi-Fi, parking, and field plots within walking distance of the main building.
Each of the instructors at the field lab is a subject-matter specialist familiar with crops, soils, or pest issues throughout Iowa. The Field Extension Education Laboratory provides participants the opportunity to sharpen scouting and diagnostic skills with hands-on learning and evaluate management strategies with one-on-one discussions with instructors. Agribusinesses and industry can also rent the Field Extension Education Laboratory for company functions such as professional development and training. See below for more information.
All classes are held at the Field Extension Education Laboratory, approximately 5 miles west of Ames, at 1928 240th St. in Boone, Iowa.