Topics will include water quality improvements, the market facilitation program and an outlook on harvest issues

CRAWFORDSVILLE — Farmers, farmer advisers and the general public are invited to attend the fall field day Sept. 5 at the Iowa State University Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Crawfordsville.

The day will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a complimentary meal and registration. The tour starts at 6 p.m. and will feature four topics. Attendees will start with a season review of the farm, provided by Myron Rees and Cody Schneider, farm superintendents.

Topic two will focus on edge-of-field water quality practices presented by Matt Helmers, professor and extension agricultural engineer in the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State, and Elizabeth Juchems, conservation outreach specialist with Iowa Learning Farms.

Ryan Drollette and Charles Brown, ISU Extension and Outreach farm management specialists, will discuss the market facilitation program and provide a crop market outlook.

The day will conclude with a discussion on current crop conditions, and an outlook on harvest and storage management led by ISU Extension and Outreach field agronomists Virgil Schmitt, Josh Michel and Rebecca Vittetoe, and extension agricultural engineering specialist Kristina Tebockhorst.

Attendees are encouraged to discuss concerns and ask questions. Certified Crop Adviser continuing education credits will be available (0.5 S.W.M., and 1.0 C.M.).

This field day is free and open to the public with no pre-registration required. The meal is sponsored by the research farm association; Louisa, Washington, Henry, Jefferson and Des Moines County Farm Bureaus; and Hills Bank and Trust Co.

To reach the farm, follow U.S. Highway 218 south of Crawfordsville 1.75 miles, then two miles east on county road G-62, then three-quarters of a mile north. Signs will be posted.

For more information, contact Rebecca Vittetoe at 319-653-4811 or rka8@iastate.edu.