If youâ€™re involved in crop production in Iowa, plan to attend one of the Crop Advantage Series meetings near you. Sponsored by Iowa State University Extension, they will be held at various locations across Iowa in January.
This yearâ€™s series features topics on two important issues: soybean rust and glyphosate stewardship. In addition to these two keynote presentations, each meeting will also cover topics and concerns of local interest. "You should select a location that features the topics that will benefit your farming operation for the 2005 growing season and beyond," says Brent Pringnitz, coordinator of ISU Extensionâ€™s Agribusiness Education Program.
What are the implications of continuous use of glyphosate herbicide? What do farmers need to know about how to manage soybean rust disease? "These are two very good questions and also very good reasons why farmers need to attend a Crop Advantage meeting nearest them in January," he adds.
The 12 meetings feature a combined 34 different workshops presented by 36 different specialists. Dates and locations are: Jan. 4, Mt. Pleasant; Jan. 6, Cedar Rapids; Jan. 10, Sheldon; Jan. 11, Waterloo; Jan. 12, Carroll; Jan. 13, Mason City; Jan. 14, Nevada; Jan. 19, Ft. Dodge; Jan. 20, Osceola; Jan. 21, Spirit Lake; Jan. 24, Cherokee; Jan. 25, Atlantic.
To register for a Crop Advantage location, to read the agenda of topics, and to complete the registration form, you can go online at www.cropadvantage.org or get a registration form from your county Extension office.
Soybean rust disease, glyphosate discussed
The Iowa Soybean Rust Team, through meetings like the Crop Advantage Series, is offering training for farmers and others on how to identify soybean rust disease. The meetings will also explain what you need to know about managing this potentially devastating disease. Rust is expected to show up in Iowa in 2005 for the first time.
The most important thing a soybean grower can do this winter is go to meetings and learn what he or she can do to control soybean rust, says Pringnitz.
The discussion on glyphosate stewardship will address concerns raised by farmers and researchers about this widely used weed control program. Management suggestions to help avoid problems with weeds developing resistance to glyphosate herbicide will be explained.
Each of the meetings is approved for continuing education credits. Iowa Certified Crop Advisers can obtain up to seven CCA credits, depending on the location attended. There is an additional $25 fee for this. Check the workshop listings for credit offerings at each location.
Many of the Crop Advantage Series locations also offer the opportunity for private pesticide applicators to receive continuing education credit for the current year. To receive credit you must attend the workshop titled "Private Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Course." There is an additional $15 fee to receive pesticide applicator continuing education credit.