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.
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.