Extension News

ISU Crop Diagnostic Clinics Scheduled

6/14/2005

AMES, Iowa – Registration is now under way for the 2005 Crop Diagnostic Clinics at the Field Extension Education Laboratory (FEEL). These clinics provide an opportunity for clients to interact with ISU specialists and receive hands-on training in a variety of crop management areas. Some of the topics covered this year include:
• Effects of wind, hail, frost and date of planting on corn
• Narrow-row corn
• Soybean root health, inoculants and seed treatments
• Use of starter fertilizers in corn and injury symptoms from mis-use
• Crop disease identification and management in corn and soybeans
• Identification of Asian soybean rust
• Small grain identification, production and management
• Use of cover crops
• Weed competition effects and timing of application in glyphosate-tolerant crops
• Herbicide injury symptoms and interactions
• Changes in soil bulk density and mechanical strength from subsoiling
• Demonstrations on how to reduce herbicide drift through nozzle selection.
• Comparison of Bt and non-Bt corn rootworm resistant hybrids
• Soybean insecticide treatments
• Impacts of different tillage systems on residue management
• Weed identification
• Alfalfa establishment methods with and without nurse crops and herbicides
• Soil compaction demonstrations
• Alternative crops for Iowa

Each clinic has been approved for the following Certified Crop Advisor CEUs: 4.0 crop management, 4.0 pest management, 1.0 nutrient management, 2.0 soil and water management.

Clinics will be held July 11-12 and July 18-19. Space is limited for each session and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-paid basis. Walk-in registrations will not be accepted.

The complete brochure describing course offerings, registration materials and online registration is available from the Agribusiness Education Program Web site at http://www.aep.iastate.edu  For more information you can also contact the AEP office at (515) 432-9548.

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Contacts :

Brent Pringnitz, Agribusiness Education Program, (515) 294-9487, bpring@iastate.edu

Jean McGuire, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-7033, jmcguire@iastate.edu