AMES, Iowa – Soil, water and crops; they go together like Iowa State University, farmers and agriculture. Those elements along with Iowa State researchers, faculty and extension specialists are part of the Iowa State tent at Farm Progress Show near Boone, Aug. 28-30. Even Cy makes an appearance at the Iowa State exhibit tent on Wednesday afternoon.
Displays in and around the Iowa State exhibit tent at the corner of Central Avenue and Seventh Street are positioned to generate conversations where Farm Progress Show visitors inform researchers and faculty of issues they face and learn about university research addressing those or similar issues. There are numerous opportunities to experience research findings, interact with faculty and student innovations, and get acquainted or reconnected with those in the Iowa State tent.
A team of scientists has information about lower risk, high efficiency in-field practices, demonstrations of edge-of-field practices and field drainage monitoring to engage visitors in conversations about options to improve water quality and reduce nutrient loss. Learn about the benefits of no-till and multiple benefits of cover crops. Find out if you have a location suitable for a saturate buffer and explore edge of field practices demonstrated in the On-the-Edge trailer. Learn about a new field drainage monitoring project.
Soil health is a combination of biological, physical and chemical properties impacting the function and productivity of the soil. Soil property demonstrations show that soil is anything but an inert growing medium. See root growth in compacted and non-compacted soils, soil filtering for chemicals and soil’s ability to capture water, as well as the decomposition of underwear showing biological activity of fields with different management practices.
An Iowa State team of scientists and students are developing new technology that speeds up and improves accuracy of field scouting. The researchers from agronomy and mechanical engineering are introducing their new technology, including smartphone app, UAV and robot.
Ask the Experts
A full schedule of extension specialists will be on hand to visit about ag production topics – everything from farm related economics to soil nutrient management and current crop diseases and pests. It's a good time to touch base with local field agronomists and ag engineering specialists as well as researchers based on campus.
The Land Grant Legacy project is the first attempt by any state to identify and digitally map land claimed under the Morrill Act of 1862. Locate Iowa land parcels that generated funds for Iowa State University and 25 other land grant colleges. Test your knowledge of the development of Iowa’s agricultural education.
Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium has three years of efforts and more than 40 member organizations and agencies working to restore monarch habitat and increase their population. Learn five ways to help monarchs and take home a monarch seed mix list.
Visit the display north of the Iowa State tent to test weed identification skills, then come inside to learn about several common Iowa weeds that have evolved resistance to herbicides. Learn how herbicides work, see demonstrations showing how different herbicide groups work on different weeds at various stages of growth. Find out how to diversify weed management practices.
Manure manifold calibration demonstrations
Dan Andersen, an extension agricultural engineer who’s also known as Dr. Manure, will demonstrate results of his manure manifold calibration research measuring uniformity of outlet discharge. Two models are on display and running.
Iowa State’s south lawn
CY-GER and the Cyclone Power Pullers returned from national competition in June with top honors for the tractor’s appearance, maneuverability and innovation. Many of the tractor’s strengths are in its articulated, four-wheel-drive design. Check it out.
Team PrISUm touts their car as the world’s first solar utility vehicle, capable of hauling four people and groceries – complete with an entertainment screen. Visit with the team and explore the car.
Additional Iowa State speakers and displays can be spotted around the show grounds. Look for Iowa Concern Hotline in the Health and Safety Tent and the Beginning Farmer Center in Wallaces Hospitality tent. Check at the Iowa State tent information booth for locations of additional Iowa State exhibits.
PHOTO: Talking soil health at 2016 Farm Progress Show.
PHOTO: Extension field agronomist Joel DeJong visits with two farmers at 2016 show.