Iowa State University Extension will hold a Crop Advantage Series meeting in Storm Lake on Jan. 18, 2011. The location will be the Siebens Forum Building at Buena Vista University. Registration begins at 9:30.
The program will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This Crop Advantage Series meeting is being hosted by Paul Kassel, Extension Field Agronomist. There are fourteen Crop Advantage Series meetings that will be held by ISU Extension in Iowa from Jan. 4-27.
Alison Robertson, ISU Extension Plant Pathologist, will lead the morning program. She will discuss some of the issues with soybean Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) that occurred in 2010. Robertson will discuss the causes of SDS, current research on SDS and how to manage the disease in the future.
Bob Hartzler, ISU Extension weed management specialist will also be featured during the morning program. The title of Hartzler's talk will be 'Weed management after the silver bullet has tarnished.' Hartzler will discuss some of the issues of a glyphosate based herbicide program and discuss some options that will help keep this system viable in the future.
The remainder of this program will feature workshop sessions in the afternoon. Topics will include a review of nematodes that feed on corn, managing farm energy to lower costs, managing nitrogen fertilizer products and nitrogen additives, and a discussion on farm drainage research. Workshop sessions will also include corn diseases, crop insurance update and how to manage for 300 bushel per acre corn.
Advance registration for each location is $35 and includes workshop materials, lunch and refreshments. Registration less than one week before the meeting or at the door is $45. Certified Crop advisors can obtain up to five CEU credits for an additional fee of $25.00.Private pesticide applicators will be able to obtain their continuing instructional course credits at this meeting. An additional fee of $20 applies. The program will adjourn at 4:15 for persons attending this pesticide course.
Contact Paul Kassel or Lisa Meusburger for more information on this program. The workshop topics are different at each of the fourteen meetings in the series. Additional information and online registration is available on the Crop Advantage website at www.cropadvantage.org.