Registration for the summer 2019 Iowa Crop Management Clinic is now open. New to this year’s clinic will be an extra day of training, education and discussion, with a total of 19 scheduled learning sessions, covered by 15 Iowa State University Extension specialists. The two-day clinic will be July 10-11 at Ames.
The Crop Management Clinic will examine and illustrate the latest crop, soil, nutrient and pest management techniques and strategies. ISU Extension specialists will approach the content from an intermediate perspective, building upon the foundations of the four core topic areas.
Crop managers with a basic understanding and skill set in crop scouting and nutrient management, who want a more in-depth working knowledge of these practices, will benefit greatly from attending and gaining the two days’ worth of knowledge and experience, say event organizers.
Managing crops more critical in 2019
“Iowa’s planting season this year has been drastically delayed and impacted by cooler- and wetter-than-normal conditions,” says Warren Pierson, ISU Extension coordinator for the Field Extension Education Laboratory (FEEL) training facility.
“While our annual Crop Management Clinic offers a wealth of information to crop managers every year, this year understanding how to manage crops in a delayed planting situation, as well as managing pests, soil and nutrients in wet weather will be critical,” he says. “This clinic will be beneficial to crop advisers across the state.”
New crop and pest management topics, and several new specialists to explain those topics will be featured at this year’s clinic. They include:
- Marshall McDaniel, agronomy assistant professor, on soil health testing and recommendations
- Adam Janke, Extension wildlife specialist, on assessing opportunity areas for wildlife habitat and conservation on the farm
- Meaghan Anderson, Extension field agronomist, on integrated pest management and identifying pests
- Rasel Parvej and Ashlyn Kessler, agronomy researchers, on cropping systems research
- Prashant Jha, Extension weed management specialist, on weed control
This event will be hosted by ISU at the FEEL facility, 1928 240th St., near Boone in central Iowa. Registrants should plan to arrive at 8:30 a.m. for check-in, with opening comments beginning at 8:55 a.m. on July 10. The first day of the clinic will conclude at 4:30 p.m.
The clinic continues on July 11 with refreshments at 7:30 a.m., sessions starting at 8 a.m. and the meeting adjourning at 3:40 p.m. Lunch will be provided both days, with light refreshments at check-in. Beverages will be available throughout the day.
Register before July 3
Advance registration is required to attend this clinic. Early registration for the two days is $250 and must be completed before midnight July 3. Registration includes refreshments, lunch and course materials. Additional information, including an outline of all topics and online registration is available at event’s website.
This clinic qualifies for 12.5 continuing education credits for Iowa certified crop advisers, subject to board approval, in the following categories: 2 nutrient management, 5 pest management, 125 soil and water management, 3 crop management.