By Rebecca Vittetoe, Joshua Michel, and Virgil Schmitt–Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
CRAWFORDSVILLE, Iowa – Farmers, ag professionals, and other interested parties are invited to participate in a virtual field day webinar series being hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in conjunction with the Southeast Iowa Agricultural Research Association from June 23-26.
“This virtual field day webinar series is being offered this year instead of the annual face-to-face spring field day that is held at the Iowa State Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm due to the current COVID-19 pandemic,” said Rebecca Vittetoe, field agronomist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “COVID-19 hasn’t stopped the growing season and we are adapting our typical field day to the situation.”
Each webinar will start at 8 a.m. with a 20-minute discussion on the day’s topic, and will include time for a question and answer session at the end. Sessions will be limited to 30 minutes.
Topics to be featured each day of the webinar series are:
- June 23: Southeast Iowa Research Farm and Crop Update with Cody Schneider and Myron Rees, Iowa State Southeast Research and Demonstration Farm co-managers.
- June 24: Utilizing Tile Drainage to Better Manage Nitrogen and Improve Corn Yields with Mike Castellano, professor of agronomy at Iowa State (0.5 SWM).
- June 25: Late Season Field Scouting with UAVs with Matt Darr, professor and extension specialist in agricultural and biosystems engineering, and Ryan Bergman, program coordinator in agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State (0.5 CM).
- June 26: Multi-tactic Approaches to Manage Herbicide Resistance with Prashant Jha, associate professor and extension weed management specialist at Iowa State (0.5 PM).
This webinar series is free and open to anyone. The webinar will be offered through ZOOM. While there is no charge to attend, registration is required and can be completed by going to www.aep.iastate.edu/serf. After registering, participants will receive an email with instructions and a link for joining the webinar series. Once registered, you will be able to watch any or all the webinars.
Participants may join through their web browser, mobile phone, or tablet. Participants will need to download a free app prior to joining. Preregistration is required and will be available until the webinar series begins. Participants should join the webinar at least 15 minutes in advance to ensure connections and software is working correctly.
If you cannot attend the live webinar, a recording of each session will be posted for viewing as soon as they are available on the ISU Extension and Outreach Crops Team YouTube Channel. Also, Certified Crop Advisers can earn continuing education units by participating in the live webinars.
For more information, questions, or if you need assistance with registration, please contact ISU Extension and Outreach field agronomists Rebecca Vittetoe at 319-653-4811, or [email protected]; Virgil Schmitt at 563-263-5701, or [email protected]; or Josh Michel at 319-523-2371, or [email protected].