By Rebecca Vittetoe, Virgil Schmitt, Joshua Michel, and Kristina TeBockhorst

Farmers, farmer advisers, and the general public are invited to attend the fall field day at the Iowa State University (ISU) Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Crawfordsville September 5th.

The day will begin at 5:30 pm with a complimentary meal and registration. The tour starts at 6:00 pm 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 ISU, and Elizabeth Juchems, conservation outreach specialist with Iowa Learning Farms.

Field day topics will include a season review, edge-of-field practices with water quality, market facilitation program and crop market outlook discussion, and current crop conditions and harvest challenges. 


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 with each of the speakers. 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 [email protected]