Dordt College News

Ag Field Day to help provide answers for next growing season

August 27, 2012

As a particularly dry crop season draws to a close, farmers are looking for answers to their questions about this dry season and looking for ways to prepare for the next growing season. Dordt College and the ISU Extension Farmer-Assisted Research and Management group are joining together to present current research and answer some of these questions.

On Wednesday, September 5, the two institutions will host a joint field day at the Dordt College Agriculture Stewardship Center. “We are highlighting research that is particularly relevant in a drought year, and to help answer questions that corn and soybean producers have in our area,” said Gary De Vries, Dordt College instructor of agriculture.

The event begins with a burger dinner at 5:30 p.m. followed by a tour with five to 15 minute stops at the following exhibits:

• Alison Robertson, Associate Professor of Plant Pathology at Iowa State University: Goss’ Bacterial Wilt and Afatoxins
• Karl Leikvold, BASF Business Representative: Fungicide Use
• Joel De Jong, ISU Extension Crop Specialist: Root Pit and Current Crop Issues
• Harry Wieringa, Pioneer Dealer, and Troy Griess, Syngenta Agronomy Service Representative: Drought Tolerant Corn
• Mark DeKam, Farmers Coop Society Agronomist: Aphid Management System for Soybeans

“Dordt College and ISU Farmer-Assisted Research and Management share a common goal of providing unbiased research data to assist in the decision-making process on farm operations,” said De Vries. “The event is going to be informative and helpful as producers make decisions for next year.”

The Dordt College Ag Stewardship Center is located 1 2/3 mile north of Pella Corp. at 3648 US 75.

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