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Growers Can Gain the Advantage at ISU’s Crop Advantage Series


AMES, Iowa -- Fungicides and corn yields are among the featured topics at the 2009 Crop Advantage Series. Sponsored by Iowa State University (ISU) Extension, this series of programs is being offered at 13 locations around Iowa. Sessions started Jan. 5 and continue through Jan. 29.

 “This year’s program brings timely topics, such as dealing with rising fertilizer prices, directly to our producers,” says John Holmes, ISU Extension field agronomist for central Iowa. “With the rapid changes taking place in Iowa crop production it’s important that we provide the latest information to growers.”

The other featured speaker is Marlin Rice, ISU Extension entomologist. He will be discussing soybean aphid management and challenges producers can expect from this pest in 2009.

The remainder of the program will feature presentations on soil fertility, pest management, marketing and crop production issues. These topics are different at each of the 13 meetings in the series. A full listing of meetings and topics is available at www.cropadvantage.org

For more information about this program call your local ISU Extension field agronomist or e-mail aep@iastate.edu. Additional information and online registration is available on the Crop Advantage Web site at www.cropadvantage.org.

Program locations remaining in the 2009 Crop Advantage Series and field agronomist contacts include the following:
Spirit Lake, Jan. 14, Paul Kassel, (712) 262-2264
Osceola, Jan. 15, Aaron Saeugling, (641) 782-8426
Cherokee, Jan. 20, Joel DeJong, (712) 546-7835
Ottumwa, Jan. 21, Mark Carlton, (641) 932-5612
Fort Dodge, Jan. 22, John Holmes, (515) 532-3453
Carroll, Jan. 27, Mark Licht, (712) 792-2364
Waterloo, Jan. 28, George Cummins, (641) 228-1453
Atlantic, Jan. 29, Kyle Jensen, (712) 769-2600


Contacts :

Brent Pringnitz, Agribusiness Education Program, (515) 294-6429, bpring@iastate.edu

Local ISU Field Agronomist (listed above for each meeting)

Del Marks, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-9807, delmarks@iastate.edu