Iowa State University's annual Integrated Crop Management (ICM) Conference will be held Dec. 1-2 on the ISU campus at Ames. If you're interested in crop production in Iowa, plan to attend and register now to assure you get a spot. It all begins at 7:30 a.m. on Dec. 1 in the Scheman Continuing Education Building on the ISU campus and the program concludes at 4 p.m. the next day. Attendees can choose from 36 different workshops offering the latest information on crop production and protection technology in Iowa and surrounding states. Workshops are conducted by ISU faculty and staff and invited speakers from around the Midwest. The conference is hosted by ISU Extension, ISU College of Agriculture & Life Sciences and the college's departments of Ag and Biosystems Engineering, Agronomy, Economics, Entomology and Plant Pathology. A popular feature of the conference is the variety of guest speakers on the program. "Each year ISU specialists invite colleagues in their field to share their research activities with conference attendees. This provides an opportunity to hear expertise and opinions from across the region and country in one location," says Brent Pringnitz, conference coordinator with ISU's Corn and Soybean Initiative. Invited speakers this year include:
- Bill Northey, Secretary of Agriculture, State of Iowa, speaking on the Iowa Statewide Nutrient Reduction Initiative
- Peter Thomison, Ohio State University, on selecting corn hybrids for performance and profit
- Richard Fawcett, Fawcett Consulting, presenting on 50 years of atrazine and its benefits, impacts and current status
- Paul Fixen, International Plant Nutrition Institute, will be discussing the 4R nutrient stewardship program
- Robert Mullen, Ohio State University, speaking about nitrogen additives, what they are and do they work
- Dorivar Ruiz Diaz, Kansas State University, on managing poultry manure nitrogen for optimum corn yields
- Paul Jasa, University of Nebraska, speaking on no-till and water issues.
In recent years the conference has filled to capacity with nearly 1,000 producers and agribusiness people attending. "The conference is fortunate to have a loyal following of people that attend each year," says Pringnitz. "While filling to capacity is a good problem to have, we hate to turn people away. We encourage people to register early." Attendees can also obtain Certified Crop Adviser credits as well as recertification for Commercial Pesticide Applicators in categories 1A, 1B, 1C, 4 and 10. To register online for or for more information visit the site www.aep.iastate.edu/icm. Registration is $185. After November 19 the registration fee increases to $235. Enrollment is limited and no registrations will be accepted at the door. Be sure to register early to guarantee your spot at this event!