Research Farms Field Days

Field days give farmers and the public a chance to see research projects in progress and talk with the researchers involved in the experiments. But they also provide the opportunity to view the latest in modern agriculture. Anyone is welcome to attend.

Topics of field days in the summer typically cover corn and soybean production, including insect and weed management, soil fertility, tillage systems, water quality, planting dates, crop population, manure management and value-added crops.

Those visiting Iowa State farms with livestock (marked with *) are asked to take several precautions if they have been at another livestock operation. Those who have recently returned from a trip abroad are asked to wait five days before visiting Iowa State farms with animals. Visitors to farms with livestock are asked to change clothing and footwear after being in any livestock operation, foreign or domestic; and to refrain from bringing any food items to the research farm. If you have any questions, please call the Research and Demonstration Farms office at (515) 294-5045 or visit https://farms.ag.iastate.edu/visitors.

2019 Field Days

Location

Research Farm

Subject

Date

Meal served

More Information

Castana*

Western

Cover Crops

 

   

Crawfordsville

Southeast

Pollinator and Prairie

 

   

Newell

Allee

Cover Crops

     
Kanawha Northern Crops and Soils

June 20
 

   
Lewis* Armstrong Crops and Soils      
Nashua Northeast Crops and Soils      
Crawfordsville Southeast Crops and Soils

June 20

   
Crawfordsville Southeast Nitrogen and Water

 

   
Sutherland Northwest Crops and Soils July 10    
Chariton* McNay Crops and Soils      
Nashua Northeast Nitrogen and Water      
Sutherland Northwest Nitrogen and Water      
Ames Horticulture Research Station Fruit and Vegetable August 5    
Greenfield Neely-Kinyon Organic      
Nashua Northeast Crops      
Crawfordsville Southeast Crops and Soils September 5    
Kanawha Northern Cover Crops

September 5
 

   
Ames Horticulture Research Station Iowa Public Radio Field Day      

 

2019 Demonstration Garden Field Days

Location

Research Farm

Subject

Date

Rock Rapids - Lyon County Fairgrounds

Northwest

Garden

July 23
6 p.m.

Lewis*

Armstrong

Garden

July 25
6:30 p.m.

Fruitland Muscatine Island Garden July 29
6:30 p.m.

Onawa - Monona County Fairgrounds

Western

Garden

July 30
5:30 p.m.

Kanawha

Northern

Garden

July 31
6:30 p.m.

Nashua Northeast Garden August 3
4:00 p.m.
Ames Horticulture Research Station Garden August 22
6:30 p.m.

 

If you have any questions, please call the Research and Demonstration Farms office at (515) 294-5045 or read the Foot and Mouth Advisory (135K PDF).

 

*Indicates livestock farm, see visitor policies below.

The public is welcome to attend these field days, which take place rain or shine. There is no charge, unless noted.

Field days consist of tours of research and demonstration plots. Topics vary for each farm depending on local interest and conditions, but the early summer field days usually deal with corn and soybean production.

Many of the farms plant and maintain vegetable and flower gardens with help from the Department of Horticulture to provide gardening ideas and display new varieties available in Iowa.

Directions and contact information for each of the farms can be found at https://farms.ag.iastate.edu/farms.

Livestock Farm Visitor Policies
Visitors are asked to follow these policies when attending a field day at a farm with livestock, marked with an asterisk.

  • There is a five-day waiting period prior to visiting Iowa State University livestock farms if you have traveled outside the United States.
  • If you have visited another livestock farm, you are asked to change clothing and footwear.
  • Visitors are not allowed to bring food to the research farms.

If you have any questions, please call the Research and Demonstration Farms office at (515) 294-5045