Field Days with CSI Partner Draw Large Crowds

Name and Title:              
Jim Fawcett, Extension Field Agronomist

Fiscal Year Submitted:
2010

POW Number & Title:
100 Corn and Soybean Production

Title:
Field Days with CSI Partner Draw Large Crowds

Issue:
Crop producers need to be kept up-to-date with the rapidly changing technologies available for corn and soybean production. Many farmers obtain much of their information on corn and soybean production and protection from their ag chemical supplier, and many ag chemical suppliers receive much of their education from ISU Extension. It is important to maintain the visibility of ISU Extension and continue to be a major force in providing education both to growers and ag supply businesses. Growers also have many opportunities for attending field days, which can lead to lower attendance when field days compete for an audience.
 
What Did You Do?: 
The Corn Soybean Initiative partner, Vision Ag, and ISU conducted field days in the Keota area in the summer of 2008 and 2009 to highlight various pest management and soil fertility topics. The field days were used to introduce new ISU Entomologists to area farmers (Aaron Gassmann in 2008 and Erin Hodgson in 2009). Growers could see the research being conducted in the area on rotation resistant corn rootworms in 2008 and on soybean aphid resistant varieties in 2009. A chemical company representative supplied a meal for the group in both years
 
Result/Outcome:
Attendance was between 75 and 100 at both of the field days. By cooperating with a CSI partner, and other ag businesses, rather than trying to compete with them for an audience, the growers were better served. There were many educational materials, including the new field guide books, which were distributed at the events. The 2009 tour was also an opportunity to distribute nitrogen management fact sheets developed from CSI cooperative research done in Linn County the previous year. The interaction of the speakers with the audience indicated that it was a good learning opportunity for those attending.

2010

100 Corn and Soybean Production

 

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