By Brent Pringnitz and Meaghan Anderson—Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
The 2020 Crop Advantage meetings will give producers a solid foundation of current research-based crop production information to help make smart, informed decisions for their farming operation. The meetings are an opportunity for farmers and crop advisers to hear current research and crop production information from Iowa State University. Extension specialists will travel to fourteen locations around Iowa from January 3rd-30th, providing updated management options and recommendations on current and future crop production issues.
Meetings will also offer continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisers and pesticide applicator recertification. “There is no other program in our crop production education year where we are able to bring this many extension specialists together to individual sites across the state,” said Meaghan Anderson, field agronomist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
This past year, over 2,000 individuals attended one of the meetings across the state, representing all ninety-nine Iowa counties and surrounding states. Some eighty-four percent of attendees said information from Crop Advantage would likely save them between $5 and $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 local production issues.”
Program topics vary by location and are selected for regional concerns and issues. Topics on this year’s agenda include market outlook for 2020, weather and climate trends, grain drying and storage, emerging insect pests such as soybean gall midge, nitrogen management, tar spot and other corn and soybean disease issues, fertilizer application technology, and many more. For locations, times, and program details visit www.cropadvantage.org.
Early registration for each location is $50; late registration made fewer than seven days prior to 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 www.cropadvantage.org. For questions, contact ANR Program Services at (515)-294-6429, or [email protected], or contact your regional Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agronomist.
2020 Meeting Dates and Locations:
- January 3rd – Burlington
- January 6th – Sheldon
- January 7th – Storm Lake
- January 8th – Ames
- January 9th – Moravia
- January 10th – Mason City
- January 14th – Okoboji
- January 15th – Fort Dodge
- January 16th – Waterloo
- January 17th – Davenport
- January 23rd – Atlantic
- January 28th – Coralville
- January 29th – Le Mars
- January 30th – Denison