Weeds, herbicides and the effectiveness of herbicides to control weeds are topics of agronomic and economic importance to farmers and agribusinesses. It is so important that Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agronomists are hosting Weeds Week, a weeklong series of informational meetings. The half-day sessions will be held Aug. 3-7 at five Iowa State University research farms.
"Farmers are challenged with producing crops and implementing effective weed management programs in a profitable manner," says Virgil Schmitt, field agronomist with ISU Extension and Outreach in southeast Iowa. "Our goal is to help farmers develop effective weed management plans."
Schmitt says the meetings are intended to help farmers and ag retailers support each other in this process.
Helping farmers develop long-term weed management plans
"By supporting each other, they can increase their profitability and minimize negative impacts on the environment," Schmitt says. "The sessions have been developed to provide tools that help farmers and agribusinesses work together to develop long-term weed management plans that identify sites of action, promote timely application of herbicides and avoid the expenses of dealing with herbicide resistance."
Each session will include presentations, hands-on weed management planning, small group discussion and plot tours presented by Extension field agronomists. In the farmer-oriented session, farmers will learn how to select herbicides from the herbicide effectiveness table, identify which herbicides to apply and develop their own four-year weed management plan. Agribusiness representatives will receive similar information, but it will be presented with a focus on how to support farmers and their operations.
The schedule has been developed so that the morning sessions will conclude with lunch and the afternoon sessions will begin with lunch, which is included in the registration.
Related: Weed Identification Field Guide
Schedule for the upcoming "Weeds Week" in Iowa
August 3: Southeast Research Farm, 3115 Louisa-Washington Road, Crawfordsville, Iowa; 9:30 a.m. Farmer Session and 1 p.m. Agribusiness Session
August 4: Armstrong Research Farm, 53020 Hitchcock Avenue, Lewis, Iowa; 9:30 a.m. Agribusiness Session and 1 p.m. Farmer Session
August 5: Northeast Research Farm, 3321 290th Street, Nashua, Iowa; 9:30 a.m. Farmer Session and 1 p.m. Agribusiness Session
August 6: Northwest Research Farm, 6320 500th Street, Sutherland, Iowa; 9:30 a.m. Farmer Session and 1 p.m. Agribusiness Session
August 7: Field Extension Education Lab. 1928 240th Street, Boone, Iowa; 9:30 a.m. Farmer Session and 1 p.m. Agribusiness Session
Registration is $25 for each session and includes refreshments, lunch and materials. To assist with facility and meal planning there is a registration deadline four days prior to each meeting. Register online with a credit card at aep.iastate.edu/weeds/. For more information, call 515-294-6429 or email [email protected].