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Crop Advantage meeting set for North Central Iowa farmers

By Staff | Dec 29, 2014

FORT DODGE – Iowa State University Extension will host a Crop Advantage meeting from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Jan. 21, 2015 at the Best Western-Starlite Village Inn and Suites in Fort Dodge. The program is hosted by Mark Johnson and Angie Rieck-Hinz, ISU Extension field agronomists serving north central Iowa. Crop Advantage provides the latest information to promote profitable and sustainable decision making for the upcoming growing season.

“The Fort Dodge location features a variety of topics, including crops, pests, soil fertility, and farm management,” said Rieck-Hinz. “Each year, attendees tell us they are interested in so many of the topics but can’t be at every workshop. The topics are in demand. It’s a great problem to have.”

Chad Hart, an Extension economist, will kick off the meeting with a crop market outlook. Leonor Leandro, an Extension plant pathologist will discuss soybean sudden death syndrome current research and management techniques. John Sawyer, Extension soil fertility specialist will discuss optimizing nitrogen fertilizer inputs with lower crop prices. Mark Licht, field agronomist will discuss maturity and planting date influence on yield. Other talks include information on the farm bill, grain storage, managing herbicide resistance, water quality and the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy and the use of cover crops.

Crop Advantage meetings are approved for Iowa private pesticide applicator recertification. Attendees must attend the entire meeting to receive recertification, which is included in the meeting registration fee.

Meetings are also approved for Certified Crop Adviser credits.

Early registration is $50 by Jan. 13. Registrations received after that date or onsite are $60. Registration includes lunch, proceedings booklet, private applicator recertification and CCA credits. For online registration, visit www.cropadvantage.org.

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