AMES, Iowa – The 2020 Crop Advantage meetings will give producers a solid foundation of current research-based crop production information to help make smart, informed decisions for their farming operation.
The meetings are an opportunity for farmers and crop advisers to hear current research and crop production information from Iowa State University. Extension specialists will travel to 14 locations around Iowa from Jan. 3-30, providing updated management options and recommendations on current and future crop production issues.
Meetings will also offer continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisers and pesticide applicator recertification.
“There is no other program in our crop production education year where we are able to bring this many extension specialists together to individual sites across the state,” said Meaghan Anderson, field agronomist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
This past year, over 2,000 individuals attended one of the meetings across the state, representing all 99 Iowa counties and surrounding states. Some 84% of attendees said information from Crop Advantage would likely save them between $5 and $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 local production issues.”
Program topics vary by location and are selected for regional concerns and issues. Topics on this year’s agenda include: market outlook for 2020, weather and climate trends, grain drying and storage, emerging insect pests such as soybean gall midge, nitrogen management, tar spot and other corn and soybean disease issues, fertilizer application technology, and many more.
For locations, times and program details visit www.cropadvantage.org.
Early registration for each location is $50; late registration made fewer 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 www.cropadvantage.org. For questions, contact ANR Program Services at 515-294-6429, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact your regional Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agronomist.
2020 Meeting Dates and Locations:
Jan. 3 – Burlington
Jan. 6 – Sheldon
Jan. 7 – Storm Lake
Jan. 8 – Ames
Jan. 9 – Moravia
Jan. 10 – Mason City
Jan. 14 – Okoboji
Jan. 15 – Fort Dodge
Jan. 16 – Waterloo
Jan. 17 – Davenport
Jan. 23 – Atlantic
Jan. 28 – Coralville
Jan. 29 – Le Mars
Jan. 30 – Denison