Certified Crop Advisor Training

Jim Fawcett, crops field specialist

There are now hundreds of certified crop advisors (CCAs) in the state who need education to excel in their profession and to receive credits to maintain their certification status. Every certified crop advisor must receive five hours of credit in each of the four subject areas over a 2-year period to remain certified. It has been difficult for some CCAs to obtain the necessary hours of credit is in the area of soil and water management. It is important that CCAs be kept up to date on soil and water conservation. Revenue generation has become more important with the current budget problems and certified crop advisors are often willing to pay fees to obtain their credits.

A special morning session for certified crop advisors was added to the already scheduled spring field day at the SE Iowa Research and Demonstration Farm near Crawfordsville. The morning session and afternoon tour emphasized soil & water management. Because of the location of the training, demonstrations in the field could be conducted, increasing the participation of the group. Mahdi Al-Kaisi demonstrated soil bulk density and water infiltration rates with different tillage systems. Other topics included: tile effects on water quality and carbon sequestration.

A mailing list of CCAs in eastern Iowa was compiled from attendance at previous CCA events, which was used for sending out a mailing on the event. In addition, an article in the ICM Newsletter helped to promote the event.

Twenty-nine certified crop advisors attended the morning session, and most stayed for the afternoon spring field day tour at Crawfordsville. Each participant paid $50, which helped with revenue generation. Being able to walk in the field and look at demonstrations and research projects helped to increase the interest and discussion by the group.

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