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Crop Advantage Series set in Storm Lake

By Staff | Dec 28, 2014

STORM LAKE – Iowa State University Extension will conduct a Crop Advantage Series meeting from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan 14, 2015 at the Siebens Forum at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake.

Paul Kassel, an Extension field agronomist, is hosting this Crop Advantage Series meeting which will also include ISU Extension Economist, Chad Hart as the morning keynote speaker presenting grain market outlook information for 2015.

Bob Hartzler, an ISU Extension weed management specialist, will also be featured during the morning program on glyphosate resistant waterhemp, Palmer amaranth and strategies for weed control in corn and soybean.

Workshop sessions in the afternoon include:

1). A corn disease update by Extension plant pathologist Alison Robertson.

2). The likelihood of corn rootworm infestation by Extension entomologist Erin Hodgson.

3). New information on nitrogen for corn by, John Sawyer, an Extension soil fertility specialist.

Other topics include a discussion on cover crops, grain storage and market issues, the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy and a discussion on fertilizer recommendations using precision ag technology. Workshop sessions also include soybean aphids, row spacing and plant populations for corn and soybean, Sudden Death Syndrome and farm bill decisions.

Advance registration for each location is $50 and includes workshop materials, lunch and refreshments. Registration after Jan. 7 or at the door is $60. Certified Crop Advisors can obtain up to five CEU credits. The fee for the CCA credits is included in the registration cost.

Private pesticide applicators will be able to obtain their continuing instructional course credits at this meeting. The cost for the private pesticide applicator certification is included in the registration fee.

The program will adjourn at 4:15 p.m. for persons attending this pesticide course.

Contact Ellen Anderson at (712) 732-5056 or Paul Kassel at (712) 262-2264 for more information. The workshop topics are different at each of the thirteen meetings in the series. Additional information and online registration is available on the Crop Advantage website at www.cropadvantage.org.

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