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ISU sets Weeds Week

By Staff | Jul 6, 2015

AMES – A statewide Weeds Week half-day program session series will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 3-7 at the following Iowa State University research farms:

  • Aug. 4 at the Armstrong Research Farm, 53020 Hitchcock Ave., Lewis, 9:30 a.m, agribusiness session, 1 p.m., farmer session.
  • Aug. 6 at the Northwest Research Farm, 6320 500th St., Sutherland, 9:30 a.m, agribusiness session, 1 p.m., farmer session.
  • Aug. 7 at the Field Extension Education Lab. 1928 240th St., Boone, 9:30 a.m, agribusiness session, 1 p.m., farmer session.

Weeds, herbicides and the effectiveness of herbicides to control weeds are topics of agronomic and economic importance to farmers and agribusinesses.

“Farmers are challenged with producing crops and implementing effective weed management programs in a profitable manner,” said Virgil Schmitt, field agronomist with ISU Extension in southeast Iowa. “Our goal is to help farmers develop effective weed management plans.”

Schmitt said the meetings are intended to help farmers and ag retailers support each other in this process. “By supporting each other, they can increase their profitability and minimize negative impacts on the environment,” Schmitt said. “The sessions have been developed to provide tools that help farmers and agribusinesses work together to develop long-term weed management plans that identify sites of action, promote timely application of herbicides and avoid the expenses of dealing with herbicide resistance.”

Registration is $25 for each session and includes refreshments, lunch and materials. To assist with facility and meal planning there is a registration deadline of four days prior to each meeting. Register online with a credit card at www.aep.iastate.edu/weeds.

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