If you're interested in crop production (as a grower, agronomist, crop consultant or otherwise work in the industry) you are encouraged to register now to attend Iowa State University's annual Integrated Crop Management Conference. The 2012 event is set for November 28 and 29 on the ISU campus in Ames.
Conference attendees can choose from 40 different workshops offering the latest information on crop production and protection technology in Iowa and surrounding states. Workshops are presented by ISU faculty and staff and invited speakers from around the Midwest. The conference is hosted by ISU Extension, the College of Agriculture and the departments of Ag & Biosystems Engineering, Agronomy, Economics, Entomology, Plant Pathology & Microbiology, and Weed Management.
Features timely topics, expert speakers and valuable take-home information
A popular feature of the conference is a variety of guest speakers on the program. "Each year ISU specialists invite colleagues in their field to share research activities with conference attendees. This provides an opportunity to hear expertise and opinions from across the region and country in one location," says Alison Robertson, ISU Extension plant pathologist and chair of the planning committee. "This year we have 11 visiting presenters representing five states, sharing information on soil fertility, crop diseases, weed management and soil conservation. It's a great program this year."
In addition to traditional topics, this year's program includes three mini-symposia each focusing on a specific area of interest: production of corn stover for ethanol, sustainable biofuel production using perennial plants, and soil and water conservation to support and sustain soil quality.
Register early, enrollment is limited; no registrations will be accepted at the door
In recent years the conference has filled to capacity with nearly 1,000 producers and agribusiness representatives attending. "The conference is fortunate to have a loyal following of people who attend each year. While filling to capacity is a good problem to have, we hate to turn people away. We encourage people to register early," says Brent Pringnitz, conference coordinator for ISU Extension. Attendees can obtain Certified Crop Adviser credits as well as recertification for Commercial Pesticide Applicators in categories 1A, 1B, 1C, 4 and 10.
Check-in for those who have registered begins at 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 28 in the Scheman Continuing Education Building on the ISU campus and the program concludes at 4:00 p.m. on Nov. 29. Enrollment is limited and no registrations will be accepted at the door, so be sure to register early to guarantee your spot at this event. Another reason to register early is to get a break on the fee. Registration is $185. After November 16, registration increases to $235. To register online or for more information, visit the conference website.
Series of meetings for farmers and others on herbicide resistance in Iowa
ISU Extension has also announced that a series of meetings will be held at various Iowa locations to help farmers and others interested in weed control learn more about how to manage herbicide resistance. Iowa State University Extension weed scientists Mike Owen and Bob Hartzler are holding this series of grower meetings in November-December focusing on management of herbicide resistant weeds.
Herbicide resistant weeds represent one of the most important issues facing agriculture in Iowa, says Owen. The lack of diversity in weed management has resulted in widespread resistance to glyphosate in common waterhemp, giant ragweed and marestail. The objectives of these meetings are to provide information about the causes of herbicide-resistant weed populations and to objectively evaluate weed management programs commonly recommended in Iowa.
Meetings will help growers learn how to design durable weed control programs for their farms
The meetings are aimed to help growers who attend design durable weed control programs for their farms. Individual weed management operations will be discussed and assessed for adoption by growers to manage the growing herbicide-resistant weed problem.
The program at each meeting will be interactive with farmers participating. "We want you to share in the discussion on the current status of herbicide resistance in Iowa and on selecting weed management options for the future," says Owen. "We want to hear what works for each person who attends, and what their thoughts and ideas are."
Continuing education units have been applied for. There is no cost to attend these meetings. However, advance registration is greatly appreciated for planning facility space and lunch counts. You can use this link to register online, choose the date and location you wish to attend and view the agenda of the meetings. Registration each day opens at 8:30 a.m., sessions begin at 9 a.m. and the final session ends at noon. Lunch is provided.
Nov. 20 Decorah—The Oaks Steakhouse
Dec. 4 Ottumwa—Bridgeview Center
Dec. 18 Clear Lake—Best Western Holiday Lodge
Dec. 19 Wall Lake—Community Center
Dec. 20 Red Oak—Red Coach Inn