Crops. Extensive plant breeding and genetics work related to corn, soybeans and sorghum are conducted. Crop physiology, management, sustainable agriculture and crop rotations research also is conducted.
Soils and water quality. Researchers from Iowa State and the USDA National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment are actively conducting projects related to tillage, nutrient management, sedimentation, runoff, soil structure, drainage and movement of compounds through soil.
Power and machinery. Agricultural engineers perform research related to farm machinery, grain storage and handling and agricultural mechanization and electronics. Specific work has been done with anhydrous ammonia applicators, tillage tools, grain combines, planters, manure spreaders, tractors and grain bins and dryers. The farm is a popular site for product testing by farm magazines of commercial pickup trucks, utility vehicles and farm machinery.