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CROP UPDATE 12/16/04

December 16, 2004


ASIAN SOYBEAN RUST

Soybean rust has now been confirmed in 9 states in the southern USA, and was found as far north as the boothill of Missouri. That doesn't necessarily mean that we will have a problem in Iowa in 2005, but we need to be prepared.

The good news is that Iowa has the most advanced plan for detecting and managing this disease of any state.  Many Certified Crop Advisors (CCA's), Certified Professional Agronomists (CPAg) and others have gone through special training to identify the disease, and the ISU Extension Crops Specialists and some County Extension Education Directors have gone through more intensive training on identification.  Many fungicides will be available for use in 2005, if needed.

Through the winter, Iowa State University Extension will be providing many opportunities for producers and dealers to learn more about identification and management of this disease.

There are also several excellent sources of information all of which will be continually updated:

        Iowa State University Extension Plant Pathology http://www.plantpath.iastate.edu/soybeanrust/

        United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health inspection Service (APHIS) http://www.aphis.usda.gov/lpa/issues/sbr/sbr.html

        Extension Disaster Education Network http://www.agctr.lsu.edu/eden/

        Integrated Pest Management Centers http://www.ipmcenters.org/soybeanrust/

 

FOR YOUR CALENDAR

Planning for the 2005 crop year is in full swing.  To assist producers and those who work with producers through the planning process, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension will be conducting several meetings for producers and those who work with producers.  I'll provide a brief overview of several; more details are available at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Pages/eccrops/meet.html. In addition, these and other agricultural educational opportunities in east-central and southeast Iowa do or will soon appear on the ISU Extension calendar at http://dbs.extension.iastate.edu/calendar/ShowCalendar.asp?Category=1%7CAgriculture+and+Natural+Resources&County=Cedar&CountiesScope=Admin.


Crop Advantage, January 4, 2005 in Mount Pleasant and January 6, 2005 in Cedar Rapids.  These all-day meetings are designed for progressive crop producers, but dealers and consultants are more than welcome to attend.  The opening sessions will feature Asian Soybean Rust information and glyphosate management issues.  Following the opening sessions, a series of concurrent workshops will be offered; participants may select which workshops they wish to attend.  The fee is $30 ($40 after December27), including meals, breaks, and materials.  Private Pesticide Applicators may receive Continuing Instruction Course credit if they attend a pest (weed, insect, or disease) management session some time during the day, attend a special one-hour session at the end of the day (3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.), and pay the additional $15 fee for Continuing Instruction Courses.  In addition, Continuing Education Units will be available for Certified Crop Advisors of an additional fee of $25. You can register for a crop advantage conference at any of the 12 sites in Iowa at: http://www.aep.iastate.edu/cas/homepage.html

Commercial Pesticide Applicator Training for the Test Sessions. With Soybean Rust nearby, many commercial pesticide applicators may want to add 1C (ag disease) to their certification. Three training sessions designed to help prepare individuals for the commercial pesticide applicator examinations will be offered in SE Iowa in spring 2005. One session is in Burlington on Wednesday, January 12 in the Des Moines County Extension Office at 900 Osborn Street.  A second training session will be offered in Iowa City on Wednesday, January 26 in Montgomery Hall on the Johnson County Fairgrounds. A third session will be offered in Bettendorf on Monday, March 21 in the Scott County Extension Office, 875 Tanglefoot Lane. Training will begin at 9:00 a.m. at all locations.
The training sessions will cover the Iowa Core Manual and Agricultural Weed Management (category 1A), Agricultural Insect Control (category 1B), Agricultural Crop Disease Management (category 1C), Ornamental, Turf, and Greenhouse Pest Management (categories 3O, 3T, and 3G), Seed Treatment (category 4), and Right-of-Way (category 6). Training on the Iowa Core Manual will be from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Training on the other categories will begin at approximately 10:30 a.m. and conclude in early afternoon. There is a $20 fee per person at each training session. These training sessions do NOT qualify as continuing instructional courses.

Corn & Soybean Classic, January 13, 2005, in Moline, IL.  This is an all-day opportunity for those of us in eastern Iowa to get the perspective of the folks from the University of Illinois.  If you historically appreciated the Bi-state Crops Clinics in the Quad Cities, you should consider this opportunity, which is designed for producers, dealers, and consultants.  The fee is $35 ($50 after December 31), which includes meals, breaks, and materials.  Continuing Education Units for Certified Crop Advisors will be available.

Overall Conference for Rural Women in Cedar Rapids January 21-22.

This conference will be held at the Cedar Rapids Marriott Hotel. The featured speaker is Michele Payn-Knoper, a champion for agriculture. Payn-Knoper lives in rural Indiana and is a dairy breeder, columnist and founder of Cause Matters. She knows the trials faced by rural women in agriculture, and will inspire them with her dynamic presentations. Other speakers include Patty Judge, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, and Wendy Wintersteen, senior associate dean of the ISU College of Agriculture. Participants can attend eight of the 32 sessions offered. Sessions related to the business of farming include value-added agriculture options, legal issues in agriculture, agri-tourism, and grain marketing. Among sessions on personal development will be Championing Agriculture (led by Payn-Knoper), womens health issues, long term care insurance and passing the farm to the next generation. There are also leisure-related topics on landscaping, quilting, preserving family traditions and digital photography. Registrations are due Jan. 7, 2005. There are full-time and one-day registration options available. To view the entire program, visit http://www.ucs.iastate.edu/mnet/overallwomen/home.html or contact your local ISU Extension county office for a Overall Women Conference brochure. You can register online or call 800-262-0015.

CCA Training For the Test
I will again be offering a "crash course" to help to prepare individuals who are planning on taking the Certified Crop Advisor exams this winter. The exams are scheduled for Feb. 4 in Marshalltown & Atlantic. To take the exam, you must be registered by December 17 at: http://www.agronomy.org/cca/exam_registration.html.

 

The training course is on Feb. 2 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and continued on Feb. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Johnson County Extension Office, Iowa City. Registration deadline is January 15. Once registered, you will be sent training materials. It is assumed that many hours will be spent prior to February 2 studying the training materials. The cost of the training course is $90, or $45 for those who are repeating the course and do not need study materials. To register for the course, send a check made out to "Johnson County Extension" to 4265 Oak Crest Hill Rd SE, Iowa City, IA 52246. Deadline to register for the course is January 15.
Please include name, address, and e-mail address with the check.

Agronomy Day, February 24, 2005, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in KC Hall in Harper.  This meeting is also designed with progressive crop producers in mind, but dealers and consultants are more than welcome to attend.  Details are somewhat sketchy at this time, but they will be posted at http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Pages/eccrops/meet.html as they are firmed up.  I anticipate that weed, insect, and disease management will be key topics as well as soil fertility.  A Private Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Course credit will be available at 1:00 p.m.

Muscatine Island Truck Growers Association Annual Meeting, March 3, 2005 in Fruitland.  The Muscatine Island Truck Growers Association owns the ISU Muscatine Island Research and Demonstration Farm near Fruitland and is intimately involved in guiding research activities at the farm.  While the meeting is designed for members, all producers, dealers, and consultants are invited to attend to see the results of research conducted at the farm.  This will have a combination of horticulture (fruits, vegetables, etc.) and agronomy (corn, soybeans, forages, small grains) oriented presentations.  Private Pesticide Applicators may receive Continuing Instruction Course credit if they attend a pest (weed, insect, or disease) management session some time during the day, attend a special one-hour session at the end of the day, and pay the additional $15 fee for Continuing Instruction Courses.

Southeast Iowa Agricultural Research Association Annual Meeting, March 3, 2005 in Iowa City.  The Southeast Iowa Agricultural Research Association owns the ISU Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Crawfordsville and is intimately involved in guiding research activities at the farm.  While the meeting is designed for members, all producers, dealers, and consultants are invited to attend to see the results of research conducted at the farm.

Northeast Iowa Experimental Association Annual Meeting, March 9, 2005 at the farm near Nashua.  The Northeast Iowa Experimental Association owns the ISU Northeast Research and Demonstration Farm near Nashua and is intimately involved in guiding research activities at the farm.  While the meeting is designed for members, all producers, dealers, and consultants are invited to attend to see the results of research conducted at the farm.

In addition, there will, of course, be the normal

        Private Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Courses http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Pages/eccrops/pcic.html,

        Commercial Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Courses http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Pages/eccrops/ccic.html,

        Private Pesticide Applicator Training for the Test http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Pages/eccrops/ppat.html, and

        Commercial Pesticide Applicator Training for the Tests http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Pages/eccrops/cpat.html.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Iowa State University Extension Office.
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Last Update: December 17, 2004
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