Personal Contacts Are a Valuable Extension Component

Mark Licht, Field Specialist, Field Specialist-Crops, Northwest Area

Problem Statement:

Crop producers and crop advisors are constantly looking for the latest information to help maximize returns for themselves or their clients. In addition, there is an ever growing need for this information as agriculture is rapidly changing due to the forces of a new bioeconomy.

Programmatic Response:

The Crop Advantage Series (CAS) meetings provide a medium for unbiased, credible, research based information pertaining to the latest advances in crop production. The CAS meeting held in Carroll on January 11, 2007 with topics covering continuous corn agronomics, economics of continuous corn production, nitrogen fertilization for continuous corn, plus other crop production topics. Post meeting evaluations were collected from 78 participants.

Impact/Outcome:

When asked how many times they had attend a Crop Advantage Series (CAS) meeting including this year 53 of the respondents had been to a CAS meeting in previous years; with 41returning for the third or fourth year. Fifty-one of the respondents were producers.

Sixty-two percent of the respondents were between 45 and 65 years of age, while 30 percent were younger than 45 years old. Forty-one percent of respondents put a $0-5 per acre value on the program, 38 percent at $5-10 per acre and 21 at over $10 per acre. Respondents represented 258,246 acres.

Participant comments showed an improved knowledge of nitrogen rates in relation to net returns, more comfortable with nitrogen rates for corn following corn, increased confidence in decision to increase corn acres and improved understanding of different sources of soybean cyst nematode resistance.

March 30, 2007
100 Corn and Soybean Production and Protection

 

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