AMES, Iowa — The 2017 Integrated Crop Management Conference will be held Nov. 29-30 at the Scheman Building in Ames, Iowa. The conference will consist of 41 workshop topics and eight invited guest speakers from industry and five state universities — Colorado State University, Purdue University, University of Minnesota, University of Missouri and University of Illinois. Iowa State University faculty and extension specialists along with invited guests will provide research results, updated management recommendations, and information on current and future crop production issues.
Highlights of the ICM Conference are invited guest speakers, multiple sessions to choose from each hour and the opportunity to network with others in the agriculture industry.
“With nearly 1,000 attendees each year, the ICM Conference is a great opportunity for farmers, industry, ag retailers, agronomists and educators to network with each other and interact with specialists,” said Alison Robertson, conference chair and professor in plant pathology and microbiology. “We receive positive feedback each year for the guest speakers we’ve invited to participate. It’s something we continue to focus on each year while building the conference program.”
ISU Extension and Outreach weed specialists Bob Hartzler and Mike Owen will discuss weed management issues, including off-target movement and dicamba use. Ray Massey, University of Missouri, will look at the crop and liability insurance perspective of herbicide drift and injury. Peter Goldsbrough, Purdue University, returns to the conference this year presenting, “Genetically modified crops: Marvel or malady?” Emerson Nafziger, University of Illinois, will be focusing on nitrogen management for corn.
Other presentation topics at the 2017 ICM Conference include: the crop market outlook, pest resistance issues, emerging crop diseases, drones and data, and corn planting decisions.
The conference is approved for continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisors, with a total of 14 CCA credits available; categories dependent on workshops selected. Iowa commercial pesticide applicator recertification for 2017 is also available in categories 1A, 1B, 1C, 4 and 10.
“This year, attendees will have six concurrent sessions to choose from each hour,” said Brent Pringnitz, coordinator for ANR Program Services. “This format allows participants to customize their conference experience and fulfill necessary CCA credit needs.”
Online registration can be made from the ICM Conference website www.aep.iastate.edu/icm. Space is limited for the event and requires pre-registration. Early registration for the event is $225 and ends midnight, Nov. 17. After Nov. 17, the fee increases to $275, and registrations will be accepted, as space allows, until noon, Nov. 27. No registrations will be accepted at the door. Registration questions should be directed to ANR Program Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-294-6429.
The Integrated Crop Management Conference is hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
[PHOTO] Elywnn Taylor, ISU Extension and Outreach climatologist (right) visits with John Holmes of Clarion, Iowa. Photo by Brandon Kleinke
[PHOTO] ICM Conference attendees. Photo by Brandon Kleinke