Field days give farmers and the public a chance to see research projects in progress and talk with the researchers involved in the experiments. But they also provide the opportunity to view the latest in modern agriculture. Anyone is welcome to attend.
Topics of field days in the summer typically cover corn and soybean production, including insect and weed management, soil fertility, tillage systems, water quality, planting dates, crop population, manure management and value-added crops.
2023 Research Farm Field Days and Association Meetings
|Armstrong Research Farm||Lewis, IA||May 16||Fencing & Grazing Clinic||More Info|
|Muscatine Research Farm||Muscatine, IA||May 20||Home Garden Field Day||More Info|
|Northeast Research Farm||Nashua, IA||June 21||Summer Field Day|
|Southeast Research Farm||Crawfordsville, IA||June 21||Summer Field Day|
|Northern Research Farm||Kanawha, IA||June 22||Summer Field Day||More Info|
|Armstrong Research Farm||Lewis, IA||June 29||Summer Field Day||More Info|
|Northwest Research Farm||Sutherland, IA||July 12||Summer Field Day|
|AEA Research Farm||Ames, IA||August 3||Cargill Field Day|
|Northeast Research Farm||Nashua, IA||August 31||Summer Field Day|
|Southeast Research Farm||Crawfordsville, IA||Sept 7||Fall Field Day|
|Horticulture Research Farm||Ames, IA||Sept 16||Fall Field Day|
*Indicates livestock farm, see visitor policies below.
The public is welcome to attend these field days, which take place rain or shine. There is no charge, unless noted.
Field days consist of tours of research and demonstration plots. Topics vary for each farm depending on local interest and conditions, but the early summer field days usually deal with corn and soybean production.
Many of the farms plant and maintain vegetable and flower gardens with help from the Department of Horticulture to provide gardening ideas and display new varieties available in Iowa.
Directions and contact information for each of the farms can be found here.
Livestock Farm Visitor Policies
Visitors are asked to follow these policies when attending a field day at a farm with livestock, marked with an asterisk.
- There is a five-day waiting period prior to visiting Iowa State University livestock farms if you have traveled outside the United States.
- If you have visited another livestock farm, you are asked to change clothing and footwear.
- Visitors are not allowed to bring food to the research farms.
If you have any questions, please call the Research and Demonstration Farms office at (515) 294-5045