ISU Expansion Offering Crop Advantage Series Starting Jan. 4 in Sheldon –

Northwestern Iowa – After a one-year hiatus, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will again offer the Crop Advantage Series to growers at 14 locations across Iowa in January 2022, starting with Sheldon on January 4.
At these conferences, ISU extension and outreach specialists and field agronomists present the latest research and information on crop production for upcoming growing seasons to growers, agronomists and industry leaders. .

Each location in the Crop Advantage Series has a slightly different schedule, with sessions held January 4 in Sheldon, January 5 in Storm Lake, January 11 in Okoboji, January 26 in Le Mars, and January 27 in Denison.

The agenda typically includes two keynote speakers in the morning and a customizable afternoon schedule, but agendas vary. For example, Joel DeJong, ISU Extension and Outreach Crop Specialist, said the sites in Sheldon, Storm Lake, Okoboji and Le Mars will host two keynote speakers in the morning. Extension Entomologist Erin Hodgson will start the day at 10:00 am with “Strategies for Managing the Corn Leaf Beetle”. UIS Agricultural Economist Dr Chad Hart will follow with a session titled “Crop Market Outlook 2022”. After lunch, three 50-minute periods where participants can choose from three topics offered during each period, allow participants to create their own educational program during the meeting. Topics include
decisions about nutrient inputs, weed management for 2022, midge and fall armyworm management, how cover crops and row spacing affect weed competition, carbon markets, on-farm research results and more.

All Crop Advantage Series meetings are approved for Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) continuing education credits, and each location offers the opportunity for private pesticide applicators to receive continuing education credits. The cost of CCA credit or continuing education on pesticides is included in the conference registration fee.

Early registration for each location is $ 60; late registration made less than seven days before the meeting or on site is $ 75. Registration also includes lunch and the printed proceedings. Online registration and additional information is available at or from your local UIS Outreach and Outreach office. DeJong reminds attendees that agendas vary by site, so it’s important to check these details on the website above.

For more information, contact Joel DeJong at 712-546-7835 or Gentry Sorenson, Field Agronomist with ISU Extension and Outreach in North Central Iowa, at 515-295-2469.

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