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Spring Field Day Tour at ISU research farm June 28

Farmers and those who advise farmers will want to attend the annual spring field day for the Iowa State University Southeast Iowa Research Farm near Crawfordsville at 1 p.m. June 28, according to Rebecca Vittetoe, ISU Extension Field Agronomist.


Registration for the field day begins at 12:30 p.m., with the tour starting with a ?Farm and Crop Update? by Myron Rees, Farm Superintendent.


The field day will feature the following stops: measuring soil health hosted by Marshall McDaniel, Associate Professor of Agronomy at ISU; cereal rye termination timing demonstration for corn planting by Alison Robertson, ISU Extension Plant Pathologist; and a dicamba management update from Bob Hartzler, ISU Extension Weed Scientist.


Certified Crop Adviser continuing education credits will be available for the afternoon tour. Those wishing to obtain an additional three Soil and Water Management CCA credits can come at 9 a.m. for a morning training session which will feature the topic of soil health concepts and measurements. McDaniel will provide an overview of what soil health is, measuring soil health, and associated challenges. The morning session will also include a field demonstration of ways to measure soil health.


The fee for the morning Certified Crop Advisers session is $50, which includes lunch.


The afternoon tours are free and open to the public. Register by June 22 for the morning CCA session and the noon lunch at https://isuext.typeform.com/to/iwOTmk, or by calling the Johnson County Extension Office at 319-337-2145.


To reach the farm, follow U.S. Highway 218 one and three quarters miles south of Crawfordsville, then two miles east on county road G-62, then three quarters mile north. Signs will be posted to guide you to the event.


For further information, please contact Rebecca Vittetoe at 319-653-4811 or rka8@iastate.edu, or Josh Michel at 319-523-2371 or jjmichel@iastate.edu.