Registration is now open for the 2014 Crop Advantage Series meeting. Sponsored by Iowa State University Extension, the meetings will be held at 13 locations across Iowa in January. Each location focuses on local crop production issues, delivering Iowa State University research to farmers across Iowa.
“The Crop Advantage Series is targeted to providing the latest information to producers and helping them make profitable decisions for the upcoming growing season,” says Joel DeJong, Extension Field Agronomist in northwest Iowa and chair of the planning committee. “Each location has a variety of topics, including crops, pests, soil fertility, and farm management.”
Extension weed specialists Mike Owen and Bob Hartzler will discuss management options when dealing with herbicide resistance as the keynote topic for the 2014 series.
In addition, each location features a full agenda of workshops that attendees can choose from, developing a personalized meeting agenda. Program topics that focus on local needs and production issues are selected by the ISU Extension field agronomists for each meeting.
“Each year attendees tell me they wish there were more breakout sessions during the day. They are interested in so many of the topics and can’t be at every workshop. The topics are in demand. It’s a great problem to have,” says Mark Johnson, ISU Extension field agronomist in North Central Iowa.
“The Crop Advantage Series provides a statewide message on important issues yet retains local input on topics for that specific area. Crop and pest management issues are different for each area of the state and these meetings are tailored to fit the needs of producers in that area,” says Brent Pringnitz, program coordinator with ISU Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension.
Launched in 2002, the meeting series has impressive attendance numbers. “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 ISU researchers and specialists on what their needs are. It works both ways,” states DeJong.
Each of the meetings is approved for Certified Crop Adviser continuing education credits. Each location also offers the opportunity for private pesticide applicators to receive continuing education credits.
“Producers have appreciated the opportunity to get their pesticide applicator recertification done at the same time as the Crop Advantage meeting. It makes an efficient learning experience,” states DeJong.
Early registration for each location is $35 and includes workshop materials, lunch, and refreshments. Registration less than one week prior or at the meeting increases to $45. An additional fee is charged for CCA credits and private pesticide applicator recertification. Additional program details, registration forms and online registration is available at www.cropadvantage.org or from local ISU Extension offices.
The Region 3 session will be held at NIACC in Mason City starting at 8:30 am on January 9, 2014. The full Iowa schedule is listed below.
January 6 – Sheldon
January 8 – Okoboji
January 9 – Mason City
January 10 – Burlington
January 14 – Ames
January 15 – Storm Lake
January 16 – Honey Creek
January 21 – Atlantic
January 22 – Fort Dodge
January 23 – Waterloo
January 28 – LeMars
January 29 – Iowa City
January 30 – Carroll