The 2011 Crop Advantage Series (CAS) provides relevant information for Iowa producers

Name and Position/Title:
Brent Pringnitz, Extension Program Specialist; Terry Basol, Aaron Saeugling, Virgil Schmitt, Mark Carlton, Joel DeJong, James Fawcett, John Holmes, Brian Lang, Mark Licht, Clarke McGrath, and Paul Kassel, Field Agronomists

Fiscal Year Submitted: 
FY11

POW Title and Number:
101 Corn and soybean production

Title: 
The 2011 Crop Advantage Series (CAS) provides relevant information for Iowa producers.

Issue (Who cares and why): 
Farmers desire unbiased information on crop production.   The current commodity prices have produced high levels of crop production profitability.  However, the current commodity prices have also created high input prices.  Also, there is more promotion of non –traditional input products to producers.  Therefore, producers seek information from Iowa State University that is research based that can help them make effective crop production input decisions.

What Did You Do? (Outputs – these may include educational meetings, demonstrations or research, media, facilitating, partnering)
 Fourteen meetings were held in January of 2011.  Attendance was 2149 persons (69% were producers).  Fifty six percent of the attendees are between age 46 and 65 and 32% of the attendees were under age 45(18.3% of Iowa producers are under age 45 according to the 2007 census of agriculture).   

Results (Outcomes – was there a increase in knowledge, new skills learned, new decisions made, new practices implemented, increased profitability, new standards, enhanced quality of life)
Meeting evaluations showed that the attendance at the 2011 CAS represented 8.2 million acres (31%) of Iowa’s 26.3 million acres.  Fifty-nine percent of the attendees reported that they improved their profitability from $5.00 to $20.00 per acre (average of $8.00/acre) as a result of attending a CAS meeting.  This equates to a profitability of over $66 million on the acres represented at the 2011 CAS meetings.

Meeting evaluations from producers that attended the 2010 CAS showed that 83% scouted frequently for soybeans and 82% scouted fields before making a decision on insecticide application in the 2010 growing season.

Additionally, meeting evaluations from the 2010 CAS showed that 68% of the attendees consider El Niño weather patterns when deciding the importance of crop drought tolerance in their cropping plan.

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