Farm Calendar

Farm Calendar

June 1 (Mon) — Dog Obedience Classes kickoff today for 1st and 2nd year 4-hers at 4:30 p.m. on the south end of the Clay County Fairgrounds.  3rd year and above classes start Sunday, June 7th at 6:30 p.m.  Members must provide proof of rabies vaccination before they are allowed to bring their dogs.  For more details call 262-2264.

June 3 (Wed) — FSQA Training from 6 to 8 p.m. at the 4-H Auditorium on the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer.  All 4-H and FFA members who want to exhibit livestock at the area county fairs or the Iowa State Fair need to be FSQA Certified.  For other times and locations in the area, contact your local ISU Extension Office.  To register for this FSQA Training, call 712-262-2264.

June 3-5 (Wed-Fri) — World Pork Expo on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.  For a schedule of events see

June 8 (Mon) — Clay County Fair 4-H/FFA Swine weigh-in at the Livestock Pavilion on the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer from 3:30 to 8 p.m.  For more details call 262-2264.

June 8 (Mon) — 3rd Grade Bow Wow Classes from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the south end of the Clay County Fairgrounds.

June 10 (Wed) — Clay County Fair 4-H/FFA Sheep weigh-in at the Livestock Pavilion on the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer from 8 a.m. to noon.  For more details call 262-2264.

June 10 (Wed) — Swine Reproductive Seminar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Convention Center in LeMars in the Upper Level Board Room.  Topics to be covered include summer heat’s impact on fertility, the latest on how to improve reproductive performance, how your employees impact performance, why sow units have differences in performance and new technology to manage sow condition scores.  For more details see the Iowa Pork Industry Center’s website at

June 11 (Thurs) — Clay County Fair 4-H/FFA Meat Goat weigh-in at the Livestock Pavilion on the Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer from 5 to 8 p.m.  For more details call 262-2264.

June 11 (Thurs) — The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association Summer Policy Conference will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hansen Ag Learning Center in Ames.  Members of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association will come together to begin discussions about policy issues their association needs to develop or change as they look forward to 2016.  The keynote speaker is Kim Stackhouse, director of sustainability research at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and will talk to conference attendees about their role in sustainability issues.  An education session is scheduled about Iowa water quality projects, what’s underway and what is coming up. Matt Lechtenberg, the Water Quality Initiative coordinator at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, will be joined by Paul Goldsmith, EQIP coordinator, and Marty Adkins, assistant state conservationist, both of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

June 15-17  (Mon-Tues) — ISU Extension and Outreach from O’Brien and Clay Counties have partnered to provide a wind energy summer camp for 6th-12th graders.  Have you ever wondered where electricity comes from?  Join us for this Kid Wind Event with hands-on opportunities to develop, experiment, and test windmills and generators.  The days run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the camp is free!  One day includes a field trip to the Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville, to tour the wind turbine facility there.  Call Clay County Extension and Outreach to register at 712-262-2264.  .

June 19 (Friday) — Last day to order Broilers for the Clay County Fair.  These will be Ross Cockerels with a cost per bird of $1.10 which includes shipping.  These are in increments of 25 birds, with split orders between siblings or other 4-Hers a possibility.  For more details call 262-2264.

June 22-26 (Mon-Fri) — FSQA TESTING  from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Clay County ISU Extension Office in Spencer.  This is for 4-Hers in 7th-12th Grade.  Please call to register at 712-262-2264.

June 25 (Thurs) — Crop management, nitrogen management and crops grown for an energy source will highlight the summer field day of the Iowa State University Northern Research and Demonstration Farm, 310 S. Main St. 
Kanawha, immediately south of town.  Registration and refreshments will be at 9 a.m. and the field day will start at 9:30 a.m. A lunch will be served at noon. The field day will conclude at 1 p.m.  Micah Smidt, farm superintendent will begin the field day program with a season review of the farm.  John Sawyer, ISU Extension and Outreach soil fertility specialist will discuss spring nitrogen management. He will talk about research on nitrogen rates, in-season applications of nitrogen and nitrogen management effects on water quality.  Mark Licht, ISU Extension and Outreach cropping systems agronomist, will discuss topics in corn and soybean production, including crop development progress, research on row spacing and planting dates.  Emily Heaton, ISU agronomy professor, will discuss the production of perennial biomass crops that can be used for a renewable energy source and protection of soil resources.  Angie Rieck-Hinz and Paul Kassel, ISU Extension and Outreach field agronomists, will discuss weed control issues, herbicide injury symptoms and other topics for late June.

July 15-18  (Weds-Sat) — Osceola County Fair in Sibley

July 15-18 (Weds-Sun) — Pocahontas County Fair in Pocahontas

July 16 -19 (Thurs-Sun) — Cherokee County Fair in Cherokee. For a schedule of events see

July 18-23 (Sat-Thurs) — Dickinson County Fair in Spirit Lake.  For more details see

July 18-23 (Sat-Thurs) — O’Brien County Fair in Primghar.  For more details see

July 22-26  (Wed-Sun) — Buena Vista County Fair in Alta.  For more details, see

July 23-26 (Thurs-Sun) — Palo Alto County Fair in Emmetsburg.  For more details see www.

July 23-26 (Thurs-Sun) — Emmet County Fair in Estherville. For more details see www.

August 4-8 (Tues-Sat) —  Kossuth County Fair in Algona.  For more details see www. 

August 13-23 — Iowa State Fair in Des Moines.  For more details see www.

September 12-20 — Clay County Fair in Spencer.  For more details see www.               

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