AMES, Iowa – A growing season outlook and a discussion on corn rootworm management will highlight the annual meeting of the North Central Iowa Research Association, March 6. The annual meeting will include an update of research at the Iowa State University Northern Research and Demonstration Farm, Kanawha.
The annual meeting will be held at the Wesley Community Center meeting room, located at 105 2nd Street S., Wesley, Iowa.
Registration and refreshments will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting will start a 10 a.m. The meeting will adjourn at 2 p.m. The North Central Iowa Research Association board of directors will meet at the conclusion of the annual meeting.
There is no cost to attend and the meeting is open to the public. Persons who are attending are encouraged to pre-register by March 1 to help plan for meal numbers and handout materials. Please call the ISU Extension and Outreach Kossuth County office at 515-295-2469 or the ISU Extension and Outreach Hancock County office at 641-923-2856 to register. Certified Crop Advisers can earn CEU credits for attending this meeting.
Dennis Schwab, North Central Iowa Research Association president, will begin the morning program with an update on recent activities of the association. The association is the owner of the research farm at Kanawha and provides guidance to Iowa State on research priorities.
Matt Schnabel, superintendent of the Northern Research and Demonstration Farm, will provide a season review of the farm’s research. Brandon Zwiefel, research specialist at the Northern Research and Demonstration Farm will discuss results from the on-farm cooperator trials and the involvement of local farmers. The 2018 Annual Progress Report highlighting current research at the farm will be available.
Dennis Todey, director of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Midwest Climate Hub, will discuss Iowa’s changing growing season. Todey will talk about the impact of these growing season changes on corn and soybean production.
Kit Paper, watershed project coordinator for the Boone River Watershed, will provide an update on the activities in the watershed.
Angie Rieck-Hinz, field agronomist with ISU Extension and Outreach, will provide an update on the production of industrial hemp in Iowa.
Paul Kassel, field agronomist with ISU Extension and Outreach, will discuss herbicide and weed control issues for 2019.
The morning refreshments are sponsored First Citizens National Bank. Gold-Eagle Cooperative, MaxYield Cooperative and North Central Cooperative will sponsor lunch.