April 17, 2024

Wallace Foundation, ISU to host Neely-Kinyon Field Day Aug. 23

GREENFIELD – Wallace Foundation and Iowa State University will host Neely-Kinyon Field Day Tuesday, August 23, in Greenfield.

Cover crops are among the topics set for the field day at the ISU Neely-Kinyon Research and Demonstration farm near Greenfield.

The field day will start at 4 p.m. at the farm, 2557 Norfolk Ave., Greenfield. It is two miles south of Greenfield on Highway 25, one mile east and one-half mile north.

A light meal will be served at 6 p.m. The field day is open to the public at no cost.

ISU researchers and extension specialists will discuss the challenges of the growing season, including weather, nitrogen and weed management; the opportunity of cover crops for farmers in southwestern Iowa; organic cropping systems and monarch/pollinator habitat.

The farm tour will include a demonstration site for the project, “Science-based Trials of Row-crops Integrated with Prairie Strips,” or STRIPS.  It has found that incorporating strips of perennial prairie plants in crop fields reduces soil and nutrient movement for a relatively low cost.

The Neely-Kinyon farm consists of 160 acres owned by the Wallace Foundation for Rural Research and Development, which leases it to ISU. The farm is managed as a satellite of the Armstrong Research and Demonstration Farm near Lewis.

For more information, call 712-769-2650.