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Ag Field Day is September 3
August 21, 2014
The Dordt College Agriculture Department, ISU Extension Farmer Assisted Research and Management, and Sioux Soil and Water Conservation District will hold a Joint Field Day on Wednesday, September 3. The event begins with a burger meal at 5:30 p.m. and tours at 6:15.
“This year’s field day is part of the West Branch of the Floyd River Water Quality Initiative project. It will help demonstrate to area producers and agricultural stakeholders nutrient reduction practices that are practical for our area.” said Gary De Vries, Dordt College instructor of agriculture. These will include:
- Live demonstrations of liquid manure application featuring the latest methods of incorporation with low soil disturbance technology
- Why protecting soil resources is important: “A view from below” by Joel De Jong, Northwest Iowa Crop Extension specialist
- A live demonstration of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) used for agriculture by the Northwest Iowa Experimental Association and Dordt College
- Nitrogen Fertilizer, Cropping Systems, and Iowa Groundwater by Dr. Robb De Haan and Dr. Ron Vos, Dordt College professors.
“The three sponsoring organizations share a common goal of providing unbiased research data to assist in making farm operations decisions,” said De Vries, adding that, the event will help producers learn about strategies that can impact the amount of nutrients that are lost from their fields each year.
The Dordt College Agriculture Stewardship Center is located at 3648 U.S. highway 75, 1.6 miles north of Pella Corporation.