Paul Kassel, Field Specialist-Crops, Northwest
Current agronomic information that is researched based is important to area farmers. Many area producers desire information on crop production that includes production, protection, environmental and marketing topics.
The Crop Advantage Series (CAS) was designed to provide information on specific and current topics in agronomy. Storm Lake was the location of one of the twelve CAS meetings in Iowa in 2006. Meeting attendance was 174 persons in 2006. Previous attendance was 174 in 2005 in Cherokee. A post-meeting evaluation was collected from 93 persons in 2006. Thirty-two of the 93 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? Nine respondents (of the 32 who had previously attended) indicated a total savings and/or profit of $101,200.00. The savings were realized on 8550 acres for a benefit of $11.84 per acre. Some of the comments that we received from producers included, "may change nitrogen rates based on data, learned about checking fields for rootworm populations, gained info on corn yield relationship to population spacing, learned about speed scouting for soybean aphids.
142 - Integrated Pest and Crop Management
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