AMES, Iowa— The Iowa State University tent at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa Aug. 26-28 will be filled with production agriculture conversations around water quality and pest resistance. Faculty, researchers and extension specialists are ready to visit with the thousands of production agriculture professionals attending the show.
Exhibits in the Iowa State tent, located at the corner of Center and Seventh Avenues, contain information related to best management practices for improving water quality and pest resistance, and information about Iowa State's involvement in protecting crops against pest resistance and state efforts to improve water quality. Demonstration plots outside the tent offer a look at biomass and cover crops.
“We have created special displays and are bringing our people to the Farm Progress Show so farmers can have conversations with us, and other farmers, that will lead to implementation of management practices,” said John Lawrence, director of ISU Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension and Outreach and associate dean in ISU’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. “These conversations are important to the agriculture industry and our state. Iowa’s water quality plan points to practices that work, but not all practices are equal across the state. By talking to other people, farmers better understand options for their land.”
Visitors to the Iowa State University tent will get a bird’s eye view of select Iowa farms and a chance to visit with farmers who have practices in place to improve water quality, including Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey. By creating a scenario similar to their own farm and selecting from a menu of management practices courses of action they might consider, visitors will learn the costs and benefits of those decisions. Farmers who have implemented water quality improvement practices will host the area and share their experiences with visitors.
Northey is scheduled to participate on Wednesday afternoon and talk with visitors about his role in creating the water quality initiative and about management practices he has in place on his farm. Last fall Northey used cover crops on his farm for the first time, aerially applying 120 acres, half into corn and half into soybeans. He has long focused on conservation on his farm, using ridge till and grid soil sampling.
Pest resistance, another issue on the minds of farmers and other agriculture professionals, also will be addressed by exhibit displays and Iowa State staff. Erin Hodgson, extension entomologist; Bob Hartzler, extension weed scientist; and plant pathologists Alison Robertson, Daren Mueller and Aaron Gassmann will lend their expertise to conversations in the pest management resistance area of the exhibit.
Extension field agronomists Mark Johnson, Joel DeJong, Paul Kassel and Aaron Saeugling will join extension farm management specialists Steve Johnson and Kelvin Leibold and campus specialists and faculty as experts in the Ask an Expert area of the Iowa State tent. A complete list of Iowa State staff will be available at the exhibit information booth.
New to the Iowa State exhibit this year is the ISU Bookstore with Iowa State merchandise for sale.
In addition to the main exhibit, ISU Extension and Outreach programs will have exhibits at other venues throughout the Farm Progress Show grounds. A map complete with all locations will be available at the Iowa State tent information booth.