ISU Extension offers Crop Advantage Series in Le Mars

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

People involved in crop production in Iowa may attend one of the 2013 Crop Advantage Series meetings..

Iowa State University Extension sponsors the meetings, including one to be offered in Le Mars on Tuesday, Jan. 29, according to a press release.

"The Crop Advantage Series is targeted to providing the latest information to producers and helping them make profitable decisions for the upcoming growing season," said Joel DeJong, Extension field agronomist in northwest Iowa and chair of the planning committee. "Each location will offer a variety of topics, including crops, pests, soil fertility and farm management."

The Le Mars location will feature general sessions on topics of particular interest to all producers in the local area.

Erin Hodgson, ISU Extension entomologist, will discuss corn rootworm management strategies and the growing concern regarding rootworm resistance.

Antonio Mallarino and John Sawyer, Extension soil fertility specialists, will be reviewing nutrient management research and getting the most from soil fertility plans, the press release stated.

In addition, the agenda is full of workshops that people attending may choose from to develop a personalized meeting agenda.

Program topics that focus on local needs and production issues are selected by the ISU Extension field agronomists.

This meeting is also approved for Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) continuing education credits as well as the opportunity for private pesticide applicators to receive continuing education credits.

"Producers tell us they appreciate the opportunity to get their pesticide applicator recertification done at the same time as the Crop Advantage meeting. It makes an efficient learning experience," said DeJong.

Registration for each location is $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 or from the local ISU Extension office by calling 546-7035.