If you’re involved in crop production in Iowa, plan to attend one of the 2013 Crop Advantage Series meetings near you. Sponsored by Iowa State University Extension, one of the meetings will be in Le Mars on Jan. 29.
“The Crop Advantage Series is targeted to providing the latest information to producers and helping them make profitable decisions for the upcoming growing season,” says Joel DeJong, Extension field agronomist in northwest Iowa and chair of the planning committee. “Each location will offer a variety of topics, including crops, pests, soil fertility and farm management.”
The Le Mars location will feature general sessions on topics of particular interest to all producers in that area. Erin Hodgson, ISU Extension entomologist will discuss corn rootworm management strategies and the growing concern regarding rootworm resistance. Antonio Mallarino and John Sawyer, Extension soil fertility specialists, will be reviewing nutrient management research and getting the most from soil fertility plans.
In addition, the agenda is full of workshops that attendees can choose from, developing a personalized meeting agenda. Program topics that focus on local needs and production issues are selected by the ISU Extension field agronomists for each meeting area.
This meeting is also approved for Certified Crop Adviser continuing education credits as well as the opportunity for private pesticide applicators to receive continuing education credits. “Producers tell us they appreciate the opportunity to get their pesticide applicator recertification done at the same time as the Crop Advantage meeting. It makes an efficient learning experience,” says DeJong.
Registration for each location is $35 and includes workshop materials, lunch and refreshments. An additional fee is charged for CCA credits and private pesticide applicator recertification. Registration materials are available at www.cropadvantage.org or from your local ISU Extension office.