Crop Advantage Series offers latest information

AMES ? The 2018 Crop Advantage Series offers a unique opportunity for farmers and crop advisers to hear current research and crop production information from Iowa State University in their own backyard.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists will travel to 14 locations around Iowa from Jan. 3-26, providing updated management options and recommendations on current and future crop production issues. In addition, meetings also will offer continuing educations credits for Certified Crop Advisers and pesticide safety 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 for these Crop Advantage meetings,? said Meaghan Anderson, field agronomist in north central Iowa with ISU Extension and Outreach.

In 2017, nearly 2,000 individuals attended the meetings across the state, representing 97 of the 99 counties in Iowa. When asked the impact of information about managing operation margins for 2016 and beyond, 44 percent of attendees estimated a value of $5-10 per acre and 24 percent estimated a value of $10-20 per acre.

?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,? said Anderson. ?Content at the meetings is driven by county needs and production issues.?

Topics on the agenda this year include: Factors for high-yielding soybeans, micronutrients and tissue testing, nitrogen management, soil health concepts, cover crops and seedling diseases, insect management thresholds, SCN resistant varieties and seed treatments. Other topics will include a crop market outlook, and weed management and dicamba use in 2018.

?The introduction of dicamba-resistant soybean varieties along with new dicamba formulations resulted in a substantial increase in off-target injury complaints this summer,? said Bob Hartzler, extension weed specialist with ISU. ?Understanding particle and vapor drift scenarios, recent product label changes, and updated university application recommendations will be covered at each Crop Advantage meeting this winter.?


2018 CAS meeting dates, locations

Jan. 3 ? Sheldon

Jan. 4 ? Okoboji

Jan. 5 ? Burlington

Jan. 9 ? Storm Lake

Jan. 10 ? Ames

Jan. 11 ? Moravia

Jan. 12 ? Mason City

Jan. 16 ? Atlantic

Jan. 17 ? Fort Dodge

Jan. 18 ? Waterloo

Jan. 23 ? Le Mars

Jan. 24 ? Iowa City

Jan. 25 ? Denison

Jan. 26 ? Davenport


Registration due

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Early registration for each location is $50; late registration made less than seven days before the meeting or on-site is $60. Registration includes lunch, printed proceedings booklet, private pesticide applicator recertification and CCA credits. Online registration and additional information is available at For information, contact ANR Program Services at 515-294-6429 or, or contact a regional ISU Extension and Outreach field agronomist.