Story and Boone counties
Approximately 8,200 acres.
Agricultural land owned by ISU and its affiliates provides room for future growth of research programs and the university’s infrastructure.
In addition to research, the agricultural land also is used for demonstrations, feed production for livestock and as areas to spread manure. Affiliate ownership of a large portion of this land keeps it on the local tax rolls and provides greater flexibility in buying and selling property.
Terrain is gently sloping, broken by a rectangular gridwork of roads and fields. Much of the land is drained by tile and ditches because the land has poor natural drainage. Some predominant soils are Clarion, Nicollet and Webster.
The Experiment Station manages and assigns its farmland to faculty and project leaders based on their research needs. The projects encompass a variety of disciplines, including: agronomy, animal science, agricultural and biosystems engineering, horticulture, forestry, ecology, entomology and plant pathology. In addition researchers at the USDA’s National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment and the North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station use land for research.
Animal science department. This department uses a number of farm sites for teaching and research.
• The Animal Science Teaching Complex includes several farm sites located south of Ames and is used for laboratory classes, applied research and demonstrations of production systems with beef, sheep, swine and horses.
• The Beef Nutrition Research Farm, located north of Ames, provides continuing research on management and nutritional needs of ruminants, especially beef cattle.
• The Dairy Science Farm, located south of campus, opened in 2007. The farm is used for dairy breeding, nutrition and related research. Dairy cattle from this herd are used in classes.
• The Lauren Christian Swine Research Center at the Bilsland Farm, located near Madrid, is used to study the importance of genetic variation in economic traits of swine.
• The Swine Nutrition Research Farm, located west of Ames, was completed in 1993. It is used to study nutrition and management techniques to improve feed utilization, lean tissue gain, animal well-being and meat quality of pigs.
• The Poultry Science Farm is a complex located south of Ames and is used to study nutrition and genetics of turkeys and chickens.
• The Zumwalt Station Farm is located southwest of Ames and is the site of research related to odor characterization, dietary manipulation and effects of environment on animals.
For more information on animal science research conducted at sites in central Iowa, call (515) 294-2160.
For current progress reports refer to Ag Engineering/Agronomy
View farm reports at http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/farmprogressreports/