Crop and Pest Management Training Offered at Field Diagnostic Clinic

FEEL clinic offers hands-on learning opportunities for crop scouting

June 8, 2018, 8:43 am | Warren Pierson, Brent Pringnitz

entomologist speaking to group at field clinic.AMES, Iowa — Now that crops are in the ground and growing, what happens over the next few months will drastically impact yields this fall. The Iowa State University Field Extension Education Laboratory will hold the 2018 Field Diagnostic Clinic, a full day of interactive conversations, to cover issues that may occur this summer.

The 2018 Field Diagnostic Clinic is provided to update farmers, crop advisers, agronomists and agribusiness professionals on pests, weeds and diseases that impact corn and soybean fields. The event will be held on July 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will provide information on crop scouting and field diagnostic knowledge.

“Crop advisers and farmers are constantly learning more about crop management and issues within their fields,” said Warren Pierson, coordinator of the Field Extension Educational Laboratory. “This program brings many things that they may see once every 5-10 years. When you don’t deal with these problems all the time, it can be difficult to remember.”

Participants will have the opportunity to see issues that occur in crop fields including diseases, weeds, nutrient deficiency, and herbicide and fertilizer injury. Most of these will be shown with live plants in a field plot setting and although these happen, some do not occur often enough for people to easily remember the symptoms, said Pierson.

The clinic will be hosted by ISU Extension and Outreach and feature crop management specialists and researchers, as well as ISU Extension and Outreach field agronomists. New to this year’s clinic will be a session on soil and tissue sampling analysis.

“Soil sampling to the correct depth and tissue testing properly are important for valid test results,” Pierson said. “Farmers and agronomists make fertilizer application decisions based on these results and they may have costly consequences in the form of fertilizer, applications, testing itself, as well as possible yield loss if the process is not completed correctly.”

FEEL is located at 1928 240th St. near Boone. Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. on July 11, with opening comments at 8:55 a.m. The clinic will adjourn at 4 p.m.

Advance registration is required to attend this clinic. Registration is $125 prior to midnight, June 29 and $150 after. Registrations must be received prior to midnight, July 6. Registration includes refreshments, lunch and course materials. Attendees have the option to purchase “A Farmers Guide to Corn Diseases” (IPM 76) at a 50 percent discount (a total cost of $15).



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