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ISU sets 2013 Crop Advantage Series

By Staff | Dec 16, 2012

AMES – The 2013 Crop Advantage Series, offered by Iowa State University Extension, will be held at 13 Iowa locations during January, including eight within the Farm News’ coverage area.

Crop Advantage meetings provide crop producers with the most current information necessary for making profitable decision for the upcoming growing season.

Each meeting will feature general sessions with Extension specialists covering topics of common interest to Iowa producers. These include:

  • Erin Hodgson, an Extension entomologist, who will discuss corn rootworm management strategies and the increasing concern regarding rootworm resistance.
  • Antonio Mallarino and John Sawyer, Extension soil fertility specialists, will review nutrient management research and getting the most from soil fertility plans.

Recognizing crop and pest management issues are different for each area of the state, the meetings are tailored to fit the needs of producers in each area. A full agenda of workshops focusing on local needs and production issues is included at each location.

“Workshop topics include crops, pests, soil fertility and farm management,” said Joel DeJong, a field agronomist with Extension in northwest Iowa. “This allows attendees to personalize their agendas to meet their individual needs.”

Workshop topics are based on concerns of area producers.

The meetings are approved for Certified Crop Adviser continuing education credits. Each location also offers the opportunity for private pesticide applicators to receive continuing education credits.

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 a county Extension office.

2013 Crop Advantage Series meeting in the coverage area are:

  • O’Brien County: Jan. 3, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon.
  • Dickenson County: Jan. 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., at the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center, in Okoboji.
  • Cerro Gordo County: Jan. 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at North Iowa Area Commuinity College, in Mason City.
  • Story County: Jan. 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., at Quality Inn and Suites, in Ames.
  • Buena Vista County: Jan. 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake.
  • Carroll County: Jan. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. at the Carrollton Inn in Carroll.
  • Jan. 23 – at Best Western Starlight Village Inn & Suite in Fort Dodge. Starting time to be announced.
  • Jan. 29 – from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Le Mars Convention Center, in Le Mars.

“Response from producers has been very positive,” said DeJong. “In addition to providing the latest research information from Iowa State, the meetings have been a valuable way for producers to provide input back to ISU researchers and specialists on what their needs are. It works both ways.”

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