KANAWHA, Iowa – 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, 1040 James Ave., Kanawha, Iowa. The field day site is located about a mile south of Kanawha on county road R35.
Registration and refreshments will be at 9 a.m. Micah Smidt, Northern Research Farm superintendent, will begin the field day program at 9:30 a.m. with a season review of the farm. Lunch will be served at noon and the field day will conclude at 1 p.m.
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.
Angie Rieck-Hinz is the recently appointed field agronomist for North Central Iowa. She will cover Calhoun, Humboldt, Webster, Wright, Hamilton, Worth, Cerro Gordo, Franklin and Hardin counties.