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2/14/2011 - 2/20/2011

Crops Scout School March 5

By Brent Pringnitz, Corn and Soybean Initiative

Iowa State University Extension is offering the Crop Scout School for those planning to work as a crop scout during the 2011 crop season. Identification and scouting methods of weeds, insects and diseases will be covered in hands-on sessions. Workshops on plant growth and development of corn, soybean and alfalfa will be included, along with discussion of common field crop problems.

Crop Scout School will be held Saturday, March 5, on the Iowa State campus in Ames. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. in Kildee Hall with sessions beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. Registration is limited to 140 participants and pre-registration is required. The program brochure and registration form are posted on the Web at .

The cost is $85. Registration and fees must be received by March 2. Registrations will not be accepted at the door for this program. The fees cover a scouting notebook, lunch and breaks. Registration can be completed online with a credit card (MasterCard or VISA only) at For more information, call 515-294-6429 or email

Acquiring Machinery and Machinery Services Workshop March 2

By William Edwards, Department of EconomicsIowa State University and James Jensen, ISU Extension farm and ag management specialist

Extension will offer Acquiring Machinery and Machinery Services on March 2 for producers evaluating farm machinery options. The workshop will discuss owning, leasing and renting farm equipment, and strategies for sharing machinery and labor in farming operations.

The workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 2 at the Letts Community Center, 125 Iowa Street, Letts, Iowa. Registration for the workshop closes Feb. 25 and the fee is $15. Register by contacting the ISU Extension Louisa County Office at 319-523-2371 or

The workshop is designed to help producers evaluate alternatives for machinery acquisition and use. The financial aspects of ownership, leasing and machinery sharing arrangements will be explored.

William Edwards, along with Georgeanne Artz, assistant professor of agricultural economics, and James Jensen, ISU Extension farm management program specialist, will cover machinery acquisition options, labor and machinery sharing arrangements, role of traits and skills, and operational and organization considerations.

Producers looking for ways to meet production capacity needs and keep costs low will find options for them to investigate at the workshop.

Workshop participants will receive Farm Machinery and Labor Sharing Manual, a MidWest Plan Service publication, as part of the program.


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