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FEEL Clinic Offers Basics of Crop Plant Diagnostics

By Brent Pringnitz, Department of Agronomy

The Field Extension Education Laboratory (FEEL) near Ames is offering a new program on July 13-14, the 2009 Field Diagnostic Clinic. This FEEL program focuses on the fundamentals of crop plant diagnostics.

For someone new to field diagnostics this clinic will provide fundamental training to conduct accurate diagnosis of crop and pest problems. The program will also challenge experienced agronomists to identify new pests and crop problems, and refresh skills needed on a daily basis to provide sound agronomic advice.

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Program sessions focus on insect, weed and crop disease identification, herbicide injury, nutrient deficiency symptoms, and understanding crop growth and development. Sessions will be taught by ISU Extension faculty from the departments of agronomy, entomology and plant pathology. Each small group session includes intensive, hands-on training in FEEL demonstration plots to enhance instructor-student interaction. The program also includes an evening barbecue with the instructors and a presentation by Elwynn Taylor, ISU Extension climatologist.

The Field Diagnostic Clinic is approved for Certified Crop Adviser CEUs: 5.5 crop management, 6.0 pest management and 1.5 nutrient management.

Registration is required for this program and space is limited. Registration is $250 and includes all meals, breaks and course references. To register for this program, or for more details on the course, visit the FEEL website. For program questions please contact the Agribusiness Education Program at (515) 432-9548 or

The Field Extension Education Laboratory (FEEL) is a 43-acre teaching and demonstration facility that has been training crop production professionals since 1987. FEEL is coordinated by the Agribusiness Education Program, a joint effort of the departments of Agronomy, Entomology, Plant Pathology and Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering with support from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Iowa State University Extension. For a full listing of educational programs available, visit


Brent Pringnitz is coordinator othe Agribusiness Education Program. He can be reached at (515) 432-9548 or by emailing .


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