Crop Pest Management is Focus of ISU Field Lab August Programs

Preregistration required to attend.

July 26, 2017, 10:54 am | Warren Pierson, Brent Pringnitz

2016 Crop Disease ClinicAMES, Iowa – Crop diseases, crop pest resistance and management, and Palmer amaranth in conservation plantings are some of the topics that will be covered this August at the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Field Extension Education Laboratory in Boone, Iowa. Farmers, agronomists, crop consultants and interested persons will have the opportunity to hear the latest research and management information from ISU Extension and Outreach experts and industry professionals at each of the three programs offered.

“We have some great learning opportunities lined up this August at the Field Lab,” said Warren Pierson, coordinator at the Field Extension Education Laboratory. “Upcoming workshops and clinics will touch on current, critical issues regarding crop pest management, and provide attendees with educational materials and resources, along with hands-on learning.”

Managing Palmer Amaranth in Conservation Plantings, scheduled for Aug. 3, is a new program specifically addressing the issue of Palmer amaranth in conservation seed from other areas of the country.

“The goal of the program is to address concerns and explain the best management strategies for managing Palmer amaranth and give tips for successful conservation plantings,” said Pierson.

The Aug. 16 Crop Disease Clinic will be led by Alison Robertson, associate professor and extension crop plant pathologist, and Daren Mueller, associate professor and extension crop plant pathologist at Iowa State University. They will spend half the day discussing crop disease identification and diagnostics and research updates. The other rest of the day will be a walk-through of corn and soybean plots where Mueller and Robertson will talk about present diseases, scouting methods and treatment options.  

At the SCN and Soybean Aphid Resistance Management Workshop Aug. 17, Greg Tylka, professor and extension nematologist, and Erin Hodgson, associate professor and extension entomologist at Iowa State University, will present on soybean cyst nematode and soybean aphid, two pests that reduce soybean yield and are becoming resistant to commonly used pest management tools. The workshop will include presentations, demonstrations and plot tours, with a focus on resistance, pest biology, management and scouting.

The Field Extension Education Laboratory is located at 1928 240th St., Boone, Iowa. Advance registration is required for each event. See below for the full list of workshops, dates and registration deadline information. For more information on the Field Extension Education Laboratory and its events, visit

August 2017 Events

Aug. 3: Managing Palmer Amaranth in Conservation Plantings; registration deadline midnight, July 31

Aug.16: Crop Disease Clinic; registration deadline midnight, Aug. 9

Aug. 17: SCN and Soybean Aphid Resistance Management Workshop; registration deadline midnight, Aug. 9

For assistance with registration, receipts, cancellation or questions on the status of your registration contact ANR Program Services at 515-294-6429 or

PHOTO: Alison Robertson, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach plant pathologist, assisting 2016 Crop Disease Clinic attendee with crop disease identification and diagnostics.

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