Crop Advantage Series

January 24, 2019 | Atlantic, Iowa

Crop Advantage meetings provide a solid foundation of current, research-based crop production information to help make smart, informed decisions in the farming operation.

84% of attendees responding to follow-up surveys said information from Crop Advantage would likely save them between $5 and $20 per acre.

Source: 2016 statewide series evaluation

"I always leave with a little more knowledge.."

Atlantic post-meeting evaluation, 2017

Private pesticide applicator recertification

Crop Advantage meetings are approved for recertification for Iowa private pesticide applicators. Applicators must attend the entire meeting (including at least one pest management topic) to receive recertification credit. Recertification is included in meeting registration.

Continuing education

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This meeting is approved for continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs). Credits awarded will depend on workshop sessions attended during the program. Program listings use the following credit designations: CM-crop management, PM-pest management, NM-nutrient management, SW-soil and water. All presentations are 1.0 credit.



January 24, 2019

Registration check-in 8:30 AM.
Program begins at 8:55 AM and concludes at 4:00 PM.


Cass County Community Building
805 West 10th Street, Atlantic, IA 50022

Program for Atlantic

Thursday, January 24, 2019Print the program

8:30 AM Registration opens
8:55 AM Welcome – Aaron Saeugling, Extension field agronomist
9:00 AM Impacts of interest rate hikes and trade disputes on land values – Wendong Zhang, Extension ag economist
10:00 AM Session A (select one topic)
2019 Herbicide updates – Bob Hartzler, Extension weed management specialist (PM)
Nitrogen management in variable environments – John Sawyer, Extension soil fertility specialist (NM)
11:00 AM Session B (select one topic)
2018 growing season review – Mark Licht, Extension cropping systems specialist (CM)
Weather outlook for 2019 – Dennis Todey, director, USDA Midwest Climate Hub (CM)
12:00 PM Lunch (provided)
12:45 PM Session C (select one topic)
Emerging pest in Iowa: Soybean gall midge – Ashley Dean, graduate research assistant, Entomology (PM)
Implementing bee friendly practices on the farm – Randall Cass, Extension field entomologist (PM)
1:45 PM Session D (select one topic)
Cover crops and no-till ahead of soybeans: Low risk – big rewards – Jamie Benning, Extension water quality program manager (SW)
Iowa Private Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Course (Applicators must attend entire meeting to receive recertification.)Aaron Saeugling, Extension field agronomist
2:45 PM Break
3:00 PM Market outlook for 2019 and strategies for dealing with stress – Chad Hart, Extension ag economist; Kim Brantner, Extension family life specialist (CM)
4:00 PM Meeting adjourns



  • $50
    Early registration, prior to midnight, January 17, 2019
  • $60
    Late or on-site registration
  • Registration includes lunch, proceedings booklet, refreshment breaks, private pesticide applicator recertification and CCA credits.


  • Cancellations requesting a refund must be received no later than 3 days prior to the meeting (except weather related).
  • Confirmation of registration and receipts are sent via email. Please provide a valid email address when registering.
  • For assistance with registration, receipts, cancellation or questions on the status of your registration please contact ANR Program Services at (515) 294-6429 or


  • If weather conditions cause a change in meeting plans a notice will be posted on this webpage and provided to local media and radio stations. Any decisions regarding holding the meeting will be announced before 6:00 AM the day of the meeting. Meetings will not be rescheduled. Those registered may transfer to another location or request a refund.

Extension field agronomist

Aaron Saeugling

Aaron Saeugling
Extension field agronomist
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
(641) 344-5704