Farmers, Agribusiness Benefit from Crop Advantage Series Program

Name: Paul Kassel, Field Agronomist

Fiscal Year Submitted:

POW Title and Number:
100 Corn and Soybean Production and Protection

Title of Success Story:
Farmers, agribusiness benefit from Crop Advantage Series program

Problem Statement:
Agri-business and farmers need unbiased information for making decisions regarding effective management of crop production. 

Programmatic Response:  The Crop Advantage Series (CAS) provides university-based unbiased information for farmers. A Crop Advantage Series meeting was held in Spirit Lake on January 14, 2010.  Topics on agronomy, pest management and tillage systems were presented.  Meeting attendance was 115.  Sixty seven persons returned a post-meeting evaluation.

Outcome Statement (one or more of the following):  
Forty two of the 67 persons who returned surveys reported an economic benefit to attending the CAS meeting.  The total economic impact reported by the survey respondents was $283,575.00.  The total acres impacted were 42,390, or $6.68 per acre.  Fifteen respondents reported total acres of over 1500 acres per farming operation.

Written comments included  statements indicating that participants gained knowledge about ‘nutrient removal with cob harvest,’ ‘vigilance needed with  corn nematodes,’ efficacy of corn rootworm traits,’ and ‘the optimum rate of nitrogen.’

One farmer commented that, ‘I have always felt this meeting to be one of the most educational I attend every year.  There is very little if any commercial bias.’


100 Corn and Soybean Production and Protection


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