Iowa State University Extension is offering the 2016 Crop Advantage Series to producers at 14 locations across Iowa during January. Plan to attend a meeting near you. Each year, these meetings provide the latest research information on crop production, good management information to help you plan for the upcoming cropping season. The January 2016 series will focus on the importance of risk management programs and controlling costs.
"It's important to discuss these topics as we are going into our second year of prices averaging below Iowa State's estimated production costs," says Chad Hart, ISU Extension grain marketing specialist. "Profits will be harder to come by and many producers will need to pay more attention to the financial side of their farm business."
Timely topics tailored to your farm situation and information needs
In addition to discussing the economic returns of crop production, ISU Extension field agronomists will present program topics focusing on local needs and production issues. Topics will include crop market outlook, farm bill decisions, corn disease update, corn rootworm management, nitrogen recommendations, managing soybean sudden death syndrome, managing weeds and herbicide resistance, and many more.
Each location features a full agenda of workshops that attendees can choose from to develop a personalized schedule. "Crop and pest management issues are different for each area of the state and these meetings are tailored to fit the needs of producers attending in each particular area," says Brent Pringnitz, program coordinator with ISU Ag and Natural Resources Extension.
Every Crop Advantage Series meeting is approved for Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) continuing education credits. Each location offers the opportunity for private pesticide applicators to receive continuing education credits.
These meetings are well-attended by Iowa farmers
"We've seen tremendous growth in attendance for the series. Response from producers has been very positive. In addition to receiving the latest research information from the university, the meetings have been a valuable way for producers to provide input back to Iowa State researchers and specialists on what their needs are. It works both ways," says Joel DeJong, ISU Extension field agronomist at LeMars in northwest Iowa.
Early registration for each location is $50, and late registration made less than seven days prior to the meeting or on-site is $60. Registration includes lunch, printed proceedings, private pesticide applicator recertification and CCA credits. Online registration and additional information is available at cropadvantage.org or from your local ISU Extension office. For locations, times and program content, contact the hosts or visit cropadvantage.org.
Dates and locations
January 5 – Sheldon
January 6 – Okoboji
January 8 – Burlington
January 12 – Storm Lake
January 13 – Ames
January 14 – Honey Creek
January 15 – Mason City
January 19 – Atlantic
January 20 – Fort Dodge
January 21 – Waterloo
January 22 – Iowa City
January 26 – LeMars
January 28 – Carroll
January 29 – Moline