ISU McNay Beef Field Day Set for Sept. 6

CHARITON, Iowa — The annual fall field day at the Iowa State University McNay Memorial Research Farm will be held on Sept. 6. The farm is located southwest of Chariton. Registration at the farm headquarters starts at 4 p.m.; the program starts at 4:30 p.m. with discussions led by Mark Carlton and Joe Sellers on alfalfa variety selection and establishment. They will follow with an overview of summer and winter annual forage and cover crop alternatives.

At 5:30 p.m. the field day will move to the southwest part of the farm to review grazing research. James Russell, Helga Offenburger and Justin Bisinger will discuss grazing research that focuses on environmental impacts, including managing for plant diversity and compatible wildlife habitat, and a new climate change study underway at the farm.

A free dinner prepared by the Lucas County Cattlemen’s Association will be served at 6:45 p.m. at the headquarters. Following dinner, Doug Bear and James Russell will review riparian grazing research, and Joe Sellers, Steve Ensley and Kevin Maher will discuss 2012-13 beef cow production issues — including topics of early weaning, nitrates, blue green algae, and cow and calf nutrition.

For more information about this event, or for directions to the farm, contact the McNay Farm at 641-766-6565, the ISU Extension and Outreach ucas County office in Chariton at 641-774-2016, or Joe Sellers at 641-203-1270 (e-mail