Neely-Kinyon Field Day Slated for September 21


September 13th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The ISU Neely-Kinyon Research Farm located south of Greenfield will be hosting a special field day on Wednesday, September 21. Activities will begin at 4:00 p.m. with wagon tours. Wagon stops will feature both pasture management and organic field crop and vegetable crop production. Featured presenters at the field stops will be Joe Sellers, ISU Extension Beef Specialist and Kathleen Delate, ISU Extension Organic Specialist. Sellers will discuss grazing management, selecting the right forage for your system and stockpiling grazing to reduce feed costs. Delate will share results of her 13 years of research at the farm on organic production. She will highlight both her work with traditional agronomic crops of corn, soybeans, and alfalfa and organic vegetable production.

Following the wagon tours there will be a weed ID contest, corn and soybean skill-a-thons, and displays at the building site along with a complimentary supper featuring pork prepared by the Adair County Pork Producers.

Field day goers also will have the chance to select one of two workshops to attend at 6:00 p.m. Dr. Ajay Nair, ISU Horticulture Department, will present information on improving soil biology. Diane Weiland of Wallace Centers of Iowa will do a workshop on Growing and Marketing Vegetables.

The field day is free and supported by the USDA-Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program. The N-K Farm is located 2 miles south of Greenfield on Hwy 25, ½ mile East on 260th Street and ½ mile North on Norfolk Ave. For more information, contact the Adair County Extension office at 641-743-8412 or 1-800-ISUE399.