Corn Disease & Soil Management Clinics

Corn Disease & Soil Management Clinics

ISU Extension will hold two all-day, in-depth crop clinics you may be interested in attending at Ames. Corn disease diagnostics is the topic September 8 and soil management is the topic September 14.

Corn diseases can have a serious impact on crop yield—as many farmers are finding out in Iowa this year. Understanding the conditions in which these diseases thrive, correctly identifying the disease and knowing appropriate treatment measures are important tools to protecting crop yield.

On September 8, 2011 Iowa State University Extension will hold a Corn Disease Diagnostics Clinic at the Field Extension Education Laboratory (FEEL) west of Ames. The clinic combines classroom and field activities focused on diagnosing, understanding and managing a wide variety of diseases affecting corn.

Guest instructor Tamra Jackson, University of Nebraska, will focus on the arrival of Goss's wilt in Iowa. Alison Robertson, ISU extension crop plant pathologist, will discuss stalk, leaf and ear diseases and their diagnosis. The topic of nematodes affecting corn will be covered by Greg Tylka, ISU extension nematologist. Clinic participants will better understand the conditions in which corn diseases thrive, how to correctly identify diseases and appropriate treatment measures.

Pre-registration is required to attend this class. Register online  and registration fee is $150 and includes lunch, breaks and class notebook. This program is approved for 5.5 pest management credits for Certified Crop Advisers.

Soil management clinic is offered September 14 at Ames

 

Soil management and conservation is vital to the long-term success of any crop production system. Understanding and implementing successful soil management practices is the focus of the Iowa State University Soil Management Clinic on Sept. 14. Held at the Field Extension Education Laboratory (FEEL) west of Ames, the clinic will offer a combination of classroom and field activities concentrating on soil properties and tillage effects.

Tom Fenton, ISU professor of agronomy, will speak on understanding soil properties and field variability. Mahdi Al-Kaisi, ISU Extension soil and water management specialist, will cover soil quality measurements and conservation practices. Mark Hanna, ISU extension agricultural engineer, will lead field activities and discussions about soil-machine interactions, compaction and residue management.

Pre-registration is required to attend this class; registration can be made online at www.aep.iastate.edu/feel/soils.html. Registration is $150 and includes lunch, breaks and class notebook. This program is approved for 5.0 soil and water management credits for Certified Crop Advisers.

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