Crop Advantage meetings provide a solid foundation of research-based crop production information to help make informed decisions for the farming operation. The 2019 meetings are an opportunity for farmers and crop advisers to hear current research and crop production information from Iowa State University.
Extension specialists will travel to 14 locations around Iowa Jan. 3-30, providing updated management options and recommendations on current and future crop production issues. In addition, meetings will also offer continuing education credits for certified crop advisers and pesticide applicator recertification.
“There is no other program in our crop production education year that we are able to bring this many Extension specialists together to individual sites across the state like we are able to do with Crop Advantage meetings,” says Meaghan Anderson, ISU Extension field agronomist in central Iowa.
In 2019, over 2,000 individuals attended one of the meetings across the state, representing all 99 Iowa counties and surrounding states. Of the attendees responding to follow-up surveys, 84% say information from Crop Advantage would likely save them between $5 and $20 per acre.
The 2020 CAS meeting dates and locations follow:
- Jan. 3, Burlington
- Jan. 6, Sheldon
- Jan. 7, Storm Lake
- Jan. 8, Ames
- Jan. 9, Moravia
- Jan. 10, Mason City
- Jan. 14, Okoboji
- Jan. 15, Fort Dodge
- Jan. 16, Waterloo
- Jan. 17, Davenport
- Jan. 23, Atlantic
- Jan. 28, Coralville
- Jan. 29, Le Mars
- Jan. 30, Denison
“Our goal is to prepare producers to manage potential issues when they arise, or even before they arise, by sharing the most up-to-date scientific knowledge from Iowa State University,” Anderson says. “Content at the meetings is driven by county needs and local production issues.”
Program topics vary by location and are selected for regional concerns and issues. Topics on the agenda this year include:
- market outlook for 2020
- weather and climate trend
- grain drying and storage
- emerging insect pests such as soybean gall midge
- nitrogen management
- tar spot and other corn and soybean disease issues
- fertilizer application technology
For locations, times and program details, visit cropadvantage.org. Early registration for each location is $50; late registration made less than seven days prior to the meeting or on-site is $60. Registration includes lunch, printed proceedings booklet, private pesticide applicator recertification and CCA credits.
For questions, contact ANR Program Services at 515-294-6429 or firstname.lastname@example.org.