AMES, Iowa –The popular Iowa State University Extension and Outreach CropsTV program has provided a safe and accessible way to share crop production information and Certified Crop Adviser continuing education with farmer and agribusiness clientele throughout the winter.
“Clientele have been enjoying the CropsTV program and our reach has been larger than we see with some of our normal winter programming,” said Meaghan Anderson, field agronomist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “Subscribers joining from Iowa and 14 other states have already stacked up over 8,000 episode views with more to come through the rest of the winter.”
By registering today, CropsTV subscribers can interact live with specialists and presenters through Feb. 4 and have access to over 30 hours of on-demand content available for viewing on their schedule.
Live episodes have consisted of a combination of pre-recorded presentations and live question and answer, allowing subscribers to ask questions and receive answers real-time. Episode recordings, as well as additional exclusive on-demand content are available through the rest of the winter to subscribers.
“CropsTV subscribers have taken full advantage of the on-demand content by binge-watching over 195 days of live and on-demand content since December 1,” said Mark Licht, assistant professor in agronomy and cropping systems specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “We’re happy to have the opportunity to provide the same top-quality programming Iowa farmers and agronomists have come to expect from ISU Extension and Outreach in a new format during this unusual winter.”
Several episodes have been especially popular, like Matt Darr’s Jan. 7 episode titled “Best practices for interpreting yield monitor data.”
Darr, an agricultural and biosystems engineering professor at Iowa State, shared tips to ensure that yield data collected is reliable and farmers can appropriately interpret data coming from the combine yield monitor.
Ethan Smidt, a CCA and agronomic consultant with Sinclair Tractor, said, “I have an extensive background in yield monitoring systems and Darr’s research data looking at yield differences between differently-sized treatment blocks using combine yield monitor data was nice to see. Knowing how large plots need to be for in-field tests when using yield monitors to observe differences is very useful.”
Darr’s CropsTV episode is available for on-demand viewing now, but live content will continue over the next several weeks with episodes on topics like non-conventional weed management tactics, hemp, climate variability and seasonal forecasts, drought tolerance in corn hybrids, corn rootworm management, and much more.
Registration for CropsTV is $45 and includes all live episode broadcasts, on-demand viewing of previous episodes and 45 available CCA credits. Register at: www.aep.iastate.edu/cropstv.
Original photo: CropsTV graphic.