ISU Northeast Research Farm to celebrate 40th anniversary of its existence August 26 during annual fall field day; Variety of speakers scheduled

The Iowa State University Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm will celebrate its 40th anniversary on August 26 at its annual fall field day.

The 260-acre farm was purchased in 1976 by the Northeast Iowa Agricultural Experimental Association (NEIAEA) in partnership with Iowa State University. The NEIAEA has over 2,000 members from 20 counties and provides leadership for the farm’s operations. Iowa State researchers conduct research on a variety of agronomic crops, fruits, vegetables, soil management, water quality, pest management, soil fertility and variety testing.

The program will start at 10:30 a.m., with introductory comments from NEIAEA and Iowa State leaders in celebration of the farm’s accomplishments. This will be followed by Chad Hart, Iowa State University extension grain markets specialist who will provide a grain market outlook. Others from Iowa State University will speak during farm tours that will run multiple times throughout the day.

Speakers from Iowa State University include:

· Chad Hart, extension grain markets specialist, on the grain market outlook
· Robert Hartzler, extension weed specialist, on weed management
· Antonio Mallarino, extension specialist in agronomy, on soil fertility
· Matt Helmers, extension agricultural engineer, on water quality
· Mark Licht, cropping systems agronomist, on corn and soybean production
· Jesse Randall, extension forester, on windbreaks
· Cynthia Haynes, extension specialist in horticulture, on home gardening.

The field day is free and open to the public with a free lunch included. The program will begin at the Borlaug Learning Center on the farm, which is located at 3327 290th St., Nashua, IA 50658.

To get to the farm from Nashua go to the junction of Highway 218 (Exit 220) and County Road B60, head west on B60 1.1 miles to Windfall Avenue, then south 1 mile to 290th Street, and then east 0.2 miles to the farm at 3321 290th St. For more information about the event call Ken Pecinovsky at 641-435-4864.

A video about the celebration can be found at: