The results of more than 120 agricultural research trials conducted last year at Iowa State University’s Research and Demonstration Farms are available online and can be downloaded at no charge.
“These research reports are a valuable resource for farmers, agricultural educators and agribusiness people needing the latest information on crops, soils, horticulture and livestock management,” said Mark Honeyman, associate dean for operations for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
The college, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, conducts research on Iowa farmland every year. Staff at the farms also coordinate demonstration trials with producers on their farms in those areas.
The reports are annual agricultural research and demonstration project updates, offering updates on agricultural research and agricultural-related scientific activities. They are available at: https://lib.dr.iastate.edu/farmprogressreports/
The reports are organized by year, going back to 2000. To browse the reports by year, use the "Select an issue" drop-down menu in the left sidebar. Searches by subject or other information also are offered.
Land, climate and agricultural enterprises vary considerably from one area of Iowa to another. To find solutions to problems in each area and to study the impacts of regional differences, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences puts scientists in the fields of research farms across Iowa. Iowa State farms near Ames are used for intensive studies and for teaching purposes.
Local nonprofit associations of farmers and agribusinesses own eight of the 13 research farms and lease them to Iowa State long term. ISU owns the other five. In central Iowa, ISU partners with affiliate organizations to own land for research.