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Field Diagnostic Clinic is a Return to the Basics

Thursday, July 9, 2009

AMES, Iowa -- Make plans to attend the 2009 Field Diagnostic Clinic to be held July 13-14 at the Field Extension Education Laboratory (FEEL) near Ames. This is a new program at FEEL that focuses on the fundamentals of crop plant diagnostics.

Sessions focus on insect, weed and crop disease identification, herbicide injury, nutrient deficiency symptoms, and understanding crop growth and development. For someone new to field diagnostics the Clinic will provide fundamental training to provide accurate diagnosis of crop and pest problems. The program will also challenge experienced agronomists to identify new pests and crop problems and refresh skills needed on a daily basis to provide sound agronomic advice.

Sessions are taught by ISU Extension faculty from the departments of Agronomy, Entomology and Plant Pathology. Each session includes intensive, hands-on training in demonstration plots at FEEL in small-group settings that enhance instructor-student interaction. The program also includes an evening bar-b-q with the instructors and a presentation by Elwynn Taylor, ISU Extension climatologist.

The Field Diagnostic Clinic is approved for Certified Crop Adviser CEUs: 5.5 crop management, 6.0 pest management and 1.5 nutrient management.

Registration is required for this program and space is limited. Registration is $250 and includes all meals, breaks and course references. To register for this program, or for more details on the course, visit the FEEL website at www.aep.iastate.edu/feel. For program questions please contact the Agribusiness Education Program at (515) 432-9548 or aep@iastate.edu.

The Field Extension Education Laboratory (FEEL) is a 43-acre teaching and demonstration facility that has been training crop production professionals since 1987. FEEL is coordinated by the Agribusiness Education Program, a joint effort of the departments of Agronomy, Entomology, Plant Pathology and Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering with support from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Iowa State University Extension. For a full listing of educational programs available, visit www.aep.iastate.edu.

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