Iowa's annual Integrated Crop Management Conference will be held Dec. 2-3, 2015 at the Scheman Building on the Iowa State University campus in Ames. This year, the conference has added additional speakers to its program, providing topics and information on the latest in crop production and technology from around Iowa and the Midwest. Online registration is available at aep.iastate.edu/icm.
Why should you register now? Over 1,000 people are expected to attend and enrollment is limited. Walk-in registrations will not be accepted.
"Our goal is to construct a program that provides in-depth cutting edge topics, transfers the latest research findings, and still provides practical, take-home information to use in Iowa crop production," says Alison Robertson, associate professor and ISU Extension plant pathologist. She serves as this year's planning committee chair.
Latest research updates and info on crop management
The conference will include 41 workshops led by Iowa State faculty and staff, along with speakers from Wisconsin, Nebraska, Minnesota and Kentucky. Presenters will provide research updates and information on crop management, pest management, nutrient management, soil and water management and pesticide applicator training. Attendees can choose from up to six topics each hour.
"Concurrent sessions allow attendees to tailor the conference experience to their interests and needs," says Brent Pringnitz, program services coordinator. Sessions available include an interactive session of plant disease diagnosis trivia, a presentation on tractor and planter adjustments to improve profitability and lowering input costs while maintaining or increasing yields, and a discussion of recent advances in the application of transgenic technology in generating disease resistance crop species. Participants can also earn up to 14 Certified Crop Adviser continuing education credits and recertification for Commercial Pesticide Applicators in categories 1A, 1B, 1C, 4 and 10.
A number of hot topics in Iowa crop production to be discussed
"New information on crop production and protection technologies will provide producers and agribusiness professionals with the knowledge they need for their operations," Robertson says. Other topics will include: herbicide and insecticide resistance, variable seeding rates, crop weather risk and market outlook for 2016 and managing low-to- negative crop margins. Precision agriculture, nitrogen application and input decisions, new decision-maker tools, integrated management of white mold, and a corn disease update are also on the list for discussion.
"The conference allows for a large number of participants to gather each year, and provides practical, need-to-know information from several invited speakers across the Midwest," says John Sawyer, professor and Extension specialist in soil fertility and nutrient management at Iowa State. "Not only do attendees have the opportunity to interact with Extension specialists from Iowa State and others, but it's an opportunity for them to network with each other and talk about what's going on in the industry."
Annual event attracts almost 1,000 participants each year
"Enrollment to the conference is limited and we encourage people to register early," Pringnitz says.
Register by going to the conference website at aep.iastate.edu/icm/. Early registration is $200 and runs until midnight Nov. 20, when the fee increases to $250. Preregistration is required and no registrations will be accepted at the door. Registrations will be accepted, as space allows, until noon on Nov. 30. The Integrated Crop Management Conference is hosted by ISU Extension and Outreach, the College of Ag & Life Sciences and the departments of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Agronomy, Economics, Entomology, and Plant Pathology and Microbiology.