Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm Plans Field Day

Producers will gain insight into the agronomic issues facing the 2019 crop, and an outlook on emerging issues

June 12, 2019, 1:53 pm | Joel DeJong

SUTHERLAND, Iowa – Producers can learn about the latest in agronomics and weed management during the annual Iowa State University Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm Field Day, July 10.

Joel DeJong holding up corn roots.Located in O’Brien County, the 272-acre farm will feature at least four different presentations led by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach professionals, and a talk by John Lawrence, Iowa State's vice president for extension and outreach.

Erin Hodgson, associate professor and extension entomology specialist, will give a presentation on soybean gall midge, a new pest emerging in western Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.

“Researchers are just now trying to get a handle on what it is and how it lives,” said Joel DeJong, field agronomist with ISU Extension and Outreach.

DeJong will give a talk on agronomic issues in the current growing season, along with Paul Kassel, extension field agronomist.

Alison Robertson, professor and extension plant pathology and microbiology specialist, will talk about corn diseases and fungicide research.

Prashant Jha, associate professor and extension weed specialist, will discuss herbicide technologies and resistant weed management strategies in northwest Iowa.

Farmers in northwestern Iowa faced the same issues with a wet spring and late planting as many others across the state. However, as of mid-June, DeJong said many were hoping for some more rain, to help break up crusted soils and provide the needed moisture for late-planted crops.

The field day will run from 9:30 a.m. to noon. There will be time for networking and questions. A free lunch will be provided and there is no pre-registration.

The Northwest Research and Demonstration Farm is located at 6320 500th St., Sutherland, Iowa. The farm is a quarter-mile east of Highway 59, on B-62, about two miles south of Calumet.

For more information, call Joel DeJong at 712-546-7835, or email


Photo credit: Kiley Kaufman, ISU Extension and Outreach marketing coordinator


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