Ag Events

On this page you will find ag-related events that are open to the public (unless otherwise specified). Know of any area events that aren't listed? Send the details to Sonja at sonja@myradioworks.net.

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August

August 25 - Iowa Drainage School

Agricultural drainage is an important management tool for crop production in many areas of Iowa. The design, installation and maintenance of drainage systems is the focus of the Iowa Drainage School to be held on Aug. 25-27 at the Borlaug Learning Center on the Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Nashua. The annual school features classroom lecture and discussion combined with team problem solving and field exercises. Registration for this three-day school is $350 per person if registered by midnight, Aug 12. Late registration is $400 and must be received by midnight, Aug 19. Class size is limited to 40 participants and pre-registration is required. Registration includes meals indicated on the agenda, refreshments, course notebook and drainage reference materials. Additional program information and online registration are available at www.aep.iastate.edu/ids.

August 27 - Nutrient Reduction Strategies Field Day
Farmers and landowners are encouraged to attend a nutrient reduction strategy field day at the Drainage Research and Demonstration Project site near Gilmore City on Aug. 27 from 5-7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and provides a complimentary light supper prior to the program. This year's field day celebrates the 25th anniversary for research and technology development of nutrient reduction strategies at the Gilmore City site. The event will focus on impacts and findings from the past 25 years, current research results and their relationship to the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. The field day and research site is located two miles west of Gilmore City on Highway 3, then one mile north on 320th Avenue and then one-half mile west on 510th Street. For more information, contact Matt Helmers at 515-294-6717 (mhelmers@iastate.edu) or Extension Field Agronomists Paul Kassel in Pocahontas County 712-262-2264 (kassel@iastate.edu) or Angie Rieck-Hinz in Humboldt County 515-532-3453 (amrieck@iastate.edu).

September

September 4 - Worthington Answer Plot
You're invited to a Worthington Answer Plot on Friday, September 4th. Registration starts at 9 a.m. with the actual start time at 9:30 a.m. until noon, with lunch to follow. Please RSVP to your local agronomist. Topics will include the year in review, weed management, corn hybrid and soybean varieties, and more.

September 10 - SDSU's Southeast Research Farm Field Day
South Dakota State University's Southeast Farm Annual Fall Field Day will be held Sept. 10. The morning program will be a tour of area farms where producers' utilize no-till, cover crops and graze cover crops in their operations, starting at the Southeast Farm (29974 University Road, Beresford, SD). Lunch will be served at Southeast Farm. Find the full schedule here. Questions, call Anthony Bly at 605-782-3290

September 15-17 - Husker Harvest Days
Husker Harvest Days return to Grand Island, Nebraska for the world's largest totally irrigated working farm show. Find more at the official Husker Harvest Days website.

September 15 - Cover Crop Learning Tour: Interseeding in Row Crop
The University of Minnesota Extension is hosting a cover crop learning tour on September 15th southwest of Lakefield. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. with the program from 9 to 2:30 p.m. Tour the research plot, participate in hands-on soil health evaluations, hear about opportunities to get started with cover crops, and discuss how to manage risk. Of course, receive a free lunch with registration (registration cost is $10 in advance or $20 at the door with no guarantee of meal). To wrap up the day, check out equipment demonstrations. For more information or to register, contact Liz Stahl at 507-372-3900. Mail-in registration must be post-marked by September 8th. Find the registration online as well here.

September 24 - Regional Milk Marketing Orders
Cooperative Network, the statewide association for cooperative businesses in Minnesota and Wisconsin, is hosting the Federal Milk Marketing Orders Forum, Sept. 24, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington, Minn. The event is intended to bring together dairy industry leaders to examine the Upper Midwest's current system and to discuss potential changes to the rules under which processors purchase fresh milk from dairy farmers. Agenda and registration information are online at bit.ly/2015FederalMilkMarketingOrderForum. Registration fees are $225 for Cooperative Network members and $325 for nonmembers through Aug. 31. Contact Wendy Fassbind, Cooperative Network director of meetings and events, wendy.fassbind@cooperativenetwork.coop or (608) 258-4401, to register.

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