Spring field day to be held at Kanawha

Kanawha – Nitrogen management, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) in agriculture and efficient fuel use on the farm will highlight the spring field day of the Iowa State University Northern Research Farm.

The field day will take place June 26 at the south location of the ISU Northern Research Farm. The address is 1040 James Ave., Kanawha, Iowa, and is located about a mile south of Kanawha on county road R35.

Registration and refreshments will be at 9 a.m. and the field day will start at 9:30 a.m. A lunch will be served at noon. The field day will conclude at 1 p.m.

Micah Smidt, Northern Research Farm superintendent will begin the field day program. Smidt will provide a season review of the farm.

John Sawyer, ISU Extension and Outreach soil fertility specialist, will discuss spring nitrogen management. Sawyer will talk about research on nitrogen rates, yield effects from nitrogen deficiency and in-season applications of nitrogen.

Mark Hanna, extension agricultural engineer, will discuss recent research on fuel use for crop production. Hanna will talk about ways farmers can reduce diesel fuel consumption during fieldwork operations.

Chris Murphy and Zach Vanderleest, agricultural and biosystems engineering staff members, will discuss technology and legal aspects of unmanned aerial vehicles. This discussion will include legal standards, tips for selecting an appropriate UAV and best management practices for use in row-crop applications.

Angie Rieck-Hinz and Paul Kassel, extension field agronomists, will discuss issues in crop production, including weed control issues, corn rootworm management and other topics for late June.

Rieck-Hinz is the recently appointed field agronomist for North Central Iowa. She will cover the counties of Calhoun, Humboldt, Webster, Wright, Hamilton, Worth, Cerro Gordo, Franklin and Hardin.

For further information contact:

Micah Smidt

Iowa State University, superintendent, Northern Research Farm, Kanawha

641-860-0901

mbsmidt@iastate.edu

Angie Rieck-Hinz

ISU Extension and Outreach Field Agronomist

515-231-2830

amrieck@iastate.edu

Paul Kassel

ISU Extension and Outreach Field Agronomist

712-262-2264

kassel@iastate.edu