A variety of topics important to area crop producers in making decisions for the coming crop year are on the agenda for the 2013 Crop Advantage meeting Jan. 29 in Le Mars.
The session is one of four in northwest Iowa with additional meetings planned for Sheldon -- Jan. 3; Okoboji -- Jan. 9; and Storm Lake -- Jan. 16.
Joel DeJong, Iowa State University Extension field agronomist in northwest Iowa and chair of the planning committee, said crops, pests, soil fertility and farm management are topics to be discussed.
Speakers at the ISU Extension-sponsored meetings include Erin Hodgson, entomologist, ISU Extension, to discuss rootworm resistance concerns and Antonio Mallarino and John Sawyer, soil fertility specials who will review management research and how to get the most from soil fertility plans.
Additional program topics at the meetings will focus on local needs and production issues.
Each of the meetings is also approved for Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) continuing education credits.
Registration for each meeting will be $35 and includes workshop materials, lunch and refreshments.
An additional fee is charged for CCA credits and private pesticide applicator recertification.
Registration materials are available at www.cropadvantage.org or the Plymouth County Extension office, in Le Mars.