Crop Advantage Meetings Are Getting Underway In Iowa

Crop Advantage Meetings Are Getting Underway In Iowa

Series of meetings provide an excellent educational update for farmers and agribusiness people interested in crop production.

The annual Crop Advantage Series of meetings are currently being held across Iowa. These meetings started this week and provide an excellent educational update for farmers and agri-businesses. Iowa State University Extension sponsors these meetings to provide the latest crop production information.

Cost is $35.00 for pre-registered seven days prior or $45.00 at the door or after the preregistration date. Private pesticide applicator recertification is an additional $20.00. Persons need to attend the entire CAS session to receive the private recertification.

GET THE CROP ADVANTAGE: Iowa State University Extension sponsors the Crop Advantage meetings each January to deliver the latest crop production information to farmers, crop consultants and ag business professionals. "If you're involved in crop production in Iowa, plan to attend one of the 2014 sessions near you," says program coordinator Brent Pringnitz.

Certified Crop Advisor credits are $25.00 additional. Commercial pesticide applicator recertification is not offered at any of these locations.

Go to the CAS website for general information and registration. A registration form can be printed and mailed in for persons who do not want to register on-line.

This year the area meetings are:

January 6 - Sheldon

January 8 – Okoboji

January 9 - Mason City

January 10 – Burlington

January 14 – Ames

January 15 - Storm Lake

January 16 - Honey Creek

January 21 – Atlantic

January 22 - Fort Dodge

January 23 - Waterloo

January 28 - LeMars

January 29 - Iowa City

January 30 - Carroll

"The Crop Advantage Series is targeted to providing the latest information to producers and helping them make profitable decisions for the upcoming growing season," says Joel DeJong, Extension field agronomist in northwest Iowa and chair of the planning committee. "Each location has a variety of topics, including crops, pests, soil fertility and farm management."

Dealing with herbicide resistant weeds is the keynote topic for 2014 series

Extension weed specialists Mike Owen and Bob Hartzler will discuss management options when dealing with herbicide resistant weeds as the keynote topic for the series. In addition, each location features a full agenda of workshops that attendees can choose from, developing a personalized meeting agenda. Program topics focusing on local needs and production issues are selected by the ISU Extension field agronomists for each meeting.

"The Crop Advantage Series provides a statewide message on a number of important issues, yet retains local input on topics for that specific area. Crop and pest management issues are different for each area of the state, and these meetings are tailored to fit the needs of producers in that area," says Brent Pringnitz, program coordinator with ISU Ag and Natural Resources Extension.

Each meeting is approved for certified crop advisor continuing education credits. Each location also offers the opportunity for private pesticide applicators to receive continuing education credits. "Producers appreciate the opportunity to get their pesticide applicator recertification done at the same time as the Crop Advantage meeting. It makes for an efficient learning experience," notes DeJong.

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