Spirit Lake Crop Advantage Series has Impact on Persons who have Attended Multiple Years

Paul Kassel, Crops Field Specialist, Northwest

Problem Statement:
Agronomic information that is based on university research is important to area farmers.  Many area producers desire information on crop production that includes production, protection, environmental and marketing topics.
Programmatic Response:
The Crop Advantage Series (CAS) was designed to provide information on specific and current topics in agronomy. Spirit Lake was the location of one of the twelve CAS meetings in Iowa in 2006. Meeting attendance was 162 persons in 2006. Previous attendance figures were 170 in 2005, 154 in 2004, 68 in 2003 and 102 in 2002. A post-meeting evaluation was collected from 116 persons in 2006.  Seventy of the 116 indicated that they had attended a CAS in a previous year.
Previous attendees were asked, have you made any changes in your crop production operation as a result of attending a CAS meeting in a previous year that has increased profits or decreased your costs per acre? Seventeen respondents (of the 70 who had previously attended) indicated a total savings and/or profit of $174,870. The savings were realized on 16,870 acres for a benefit of $10.32 per acre. Some of the comments that were received from producers included, "learned about worldwide weather problems, received information about reducing soybean planting rates, gained info on reducing N rates to the most profitable level, and learned about speed scouting for soybean aphids. One individual commented that, as a crop consultant I use almost all of the info as part of the basis for my recommendations.

March 30, 2006
142 - Integrated Pest and Crop Management

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