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ASABE Mid-Central Conference 2009
Friday, April 3 - Saturday, April 4, 2009
Tours

ISU New Century Farm and Ag Leader Technology, Inc. Tour
    The ISU New Century Farm is a state-of-the-art demonstration and research farm focusing on contemporary food and energy production issues including biomass energy crop production, storage, and processing, precision agriculture, and advanced machinery development. This tour will include an overview of the new facilities, a look at the machinery challenges associated with biomass energy production, and a hands-on equipment demonstration which highlights current challenges in precision agriculture.

    The second part of the tour will include a visit to Ag Leader Technology Inc. world headquarters located in Ames, IA. Ag Leader is a pioneer and recognized technology innovator of precision agriculture hardware and software. Founded in 1992, the company manufactures and markets industry leading precision farming technology designed to help growers make smart, profitable business decisions. Although widely known for introducing the first commercial yield monitoring system, Ag Leader has grown to include a wide product line of machine control, guidance, and precision agriculture software products. The tour will include an overview of the Ag Leader product lines and a tour of the production facilities.

ISU Dairy Farm and New Drainage Research Site Tour

    To compare the performance of various biomass production systems on drainage water quality, a new study site is being established by Iowa State University on a site located approximately seven miles south of Ames. A total of twenty-four plots have been established and continuous flow monitoring for subsurface drainage water quantity and quality will begin in 2009. Each plot is 90 ft. x 200 ft with a drain spacing of 45 ft. which allows for monitoring the center tile line. The infrastructure at the site for water sampling builds on systems in place at other ISU Drainage Research Facilities.

    The Iowa State University Dairy Farm is used for teaching, research and outreach activities. The new facility opened and started production in November 2007. It has rolling herd averages of 22,813 lb of milk, 708 lb of protein, and 847 lb of fat produced/cow/year. Currently there are 305 head of cattle on site. Milking begins daily at 5 a.m. and 5p.m. It continues for approximately five hours. Currently, there are 9 full-time, 7 part-time and 15 student employees working for the Dairy Farm. During tours all visitors must follow the biosecurity policy.

    ISU Dairy Farm
      Biosecurity Policy:
      The farm biosecurity policy requires that people taking the tour must wear clean clothes and boots/shoes that have not been on other farms. Also, any international visitors or travelers must be in the US five days prior to being on the farm.
   
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