Crop Advantage Series Will Bring Latest Research, Crop Production Information to a Location Near You

Dicamba injury symptoms on non-tolerant soybeans. [source: Bob Hartzler, Iowa St

AMES, Iowa – The 2018 Crop Advantage Series offers a unique opportunity for farmers and crop advisers to hear current research and crop production information from Iowa State University in their own back yard. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists will travel to 14 locations around Iowa from Jan. 3-26, providing updated management options and recommendations on current and future crop production issues. In addition, meetings will also offer continuing educations credits for Certified Crop Advisers (CCA) and pesticide safety recertification.
“There is no other program in our crop production education year that we are able to bring this many extension specialists together to individual sites across the state like we are able to do for these Crop Advantage meetings,” said Meaghan Anderson, field agronomist in north central Iowa with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
In 2017, nearly 2,000 individuals attended the meetings across the state, representing 97 of the 99 counties in Iowa. When asked the impact of information about managing operation margins for 2016 and beyond, 44 percent of attendees estimated a value of $5-10 per acre and 24 percent estimated a value of $10-20 per acre.
“Our goal is to prepare producers to manage potential issues when they arise, or even before they arise, by sharing the most up-to-date scientific knowledge from Iowa State University,” said Anderson. “Content at the meetings is driven by county needs and production issues.”
Topics on the agenda this year include: Factors for high-yielding soybeans, micronutrients and tissue testing, nitrogen management, soil health concepts, cover crops and seedling diseases, insect management thresholds, SCN resistant varieties and seed treatments. Other topics will include a crop market outlook, and weed management and dicamba use in 2018.
“The introduction of dicamba-resistant soybean varieties along with new dicamba formulations resulted in a substantial increase in off-target injury complaints this summer,” said Bob Hartzler, extension weed specialist with Iowa State University. “Understanding particle and vapor drift scenarios, recent product label changes, and updated university application recommendations will be covered at each Crop Advantage meeting this winter.”
For locations, times, program content, and host information, visit: .
Early registration for each location is $50; late registration made less than seven days prior to the meeting or on-site is $60. Registration includes lunch, printed proceedings booklet, private pesticide applicator recertification and CCA credits. Online registration and additional information is available at . For questions, contact ANR Program Services at 515-294-6429 or , or contact your regional Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agronomist.
2018 CAS Meeting Dates and Locations:
January 3 – Sheldon
January 4 – Okoboji
January 5 – Burlington
January 9 – Storm Lake
January 10 – Ames
January 11 – Moravia
January 12 – Mason City
January 16 – Atlantic
January 17 – Fort Dodge
January 18 – Waterloo
January 23 – Le Mars
January 24 – Iowa City
January 25 – Denison
January 26 – Davenport
Related links:
ISU Integrated Crop Management


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