Crop Advantage Series Improves Profits

Virgil Schmitt, Extension Field Agronomist, Southeast Area

Problem Statement: 

Crop producers are living in an era where the markets are telling them to change their cropping patterns to include more corn.  Profitability hinges on excellent management utilizing the most current unbiased research to evaluate and implement, if appropriate, new techniques and technologies.

Programmatic Response: 

Iowa State University conducted a series of producer-oriented meetings called Crop Advantage.  One of those meetings was held in Burlington in southeast Iowa.  Three hundred sixty-two early-adapter producers attended, which was a 38% increase from the previous year; the previous year was more than a five-fold increase from the next-previous year, due to partnering with a private seed company and a commodity organization. The average size of operation was approximately 1,300 acres.


All of the attendees returning the evaluation rated the program as good or excellent, with 72% rating it as excellent.  On the average, attendees thought the information from the program would improve their profits by approximately $11.50 per acre, suggesting an average program value of over $15,000 per farm for a total value of approximately
$5, 443,000.


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