Farmers, agronomists and agribusiness professionals are encouraged to seek out upcoming opportunities and new resources offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on corn and soybean diseases during the late growing season. These include a Crop Disease Clinic on Aug. 24, recently released national corn and soybean disease guides, newly combined and revised corn and soybean disease field guides for the Midwest, and an opportunity to speak with crop disease experts at the 2016 Farm Progress Show at Boone in central Iowa.
ISU Crop Disease Clinic is August 24
On August 24, the ISU Crop Disease Clinic will cover the principles of Integrated Pest Management and research-based recommendations for Iowa corn and soybean production. The Crop Disease Clinic qualifies for 6.0 pest management credits for Certified Crop Advisers and will be led by Alison Robertson, associate professor and ISU Extension specialist in plant pathology and microbiology. She’ll be assisted by Daren Mueller, assistant professor and ISU Extension crop disease specialist. Register for the event online at aep.iastate.edu/feel/disease.
New corn and soybean disease publications available
Earlier this summer, A Farmers Guide to Corn Diseases and A Farmers Guide to Soybean Diseases were published by the American Phytopathological Society, with ISU Extension and Outreach specialists serving as contributing authors. These publications are customized to the needs of farmers throughout the United States, with an emphasis on diagnosing diseases in the field. The guides are available for purchase at the online Extension Store.
Also newly available are revised field guides that combine the ISU Corn Field Guide and Soybean Field Guide in one publication for ease of use by corn and soybean farmers, agronomists and crop scouts in Iowa and the Midwest. This 158-page pocket-sized weatherproof guide became available at the ISU Extension store on Aug. 19 in both print and electronic formats.
Crop disease experts at Farm Progress Show
Robertson and Mueller also will be present in the Iowa State University tent at the 2016 Farm Progress Show in Boone, Iowa, August 30-September 1. Robertson will be in the Iowa State tent between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 31, before taking the stage to discuss prevalent corn diseases that are currently in Iowa cornfields and provide a disease outlook for the rest of the growing season. Mueller will be available for questions and discussion on Thursday, Sept. 1, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Feel free to stop by the exhibit, located at the corner of Central Avenue and Seventh St., to talk to experts, view demonstrations and listen to experts talk on the speaker stage throughout the show. Keep up on Twitter during the Farm Progress Show by using or searching #IowaStateFPS or by following the crops Twitter account @ISUCropNews.
The Iowa State speaker schedule is at register.extension.iastate.edu/2016fps/isu-speakers. Take a look at the Ask the Expert schedule to know when ISU specialists are available for questions register.extension.iastate.edu/2016fps/ask-the-expert.