Burlington | January 9, 2015

Comfort Suites
1708 Stonegate Center Drive, Burlington, Iowa


Time Presentation
8:30 AM Registration opens
8:55 AM Welcome – Virgil Schmitt, Extension field agronomist and Joe Merschman, Merschman Seeds, Inc.
9:00 AM Crop weather outlook 2015 – Elwynn Taylor, Extension climatologist (CM)
10:00 AM Managing soybean Sudden Death Syndrome and other soybean diseases in 2015 and beyond – Daren Mueller, Extension crop plant pathologist (PM)
10:50 AM Break
11:10 AM Crop market outlook – Chad Hart, Extension economist (CM)
12:00 PM Lunch (provided)
1:00 PM - Session A (select one topic)
  Economics and agronomic performance of a three-crop rotation – Stefan Gailans, Research scientist, Practical Farmers of Iowa (CM)
  Field and stream nitrate reduction: Nutrient management, cover crops, bioreactors, and wetlands – Matt Helmers, Extension agricultural engineer (SW)
  Nitrogen recommendations for optimizing economic return and water quality – John Sawyer, Extension soil fertility specialist (NM)
  Strip-tillage successes: Watch-outs for soil type, climate and drainage – Mahdi Al-Kaisi, Extension soil and water specialist (SW)
2:00 PM - Session B (select one topic)
  Grain storage and market issues update – Greg Brenneman, Extension field agricultural engineer (CM)
  Insect management in 2015 – Erin Hodgson, Extension entomologist (PM)
  Managing herbicide resistance now that the horse has left the barn – Mike Owen, Extension weed management specialist (PM)
  Precision ag for P, K, and lime management – Antonio Mallarino, Extension soil fertility specialist (NM)
3:00 PM Private pesticide applicator continuing instruction course – Mark Carlton, Extension field agronomist and Virgil Schmitt, Extension field agronomist
4:00 PM Meeting adjourns

Field Agronomists

Virgil Schmitt
Extension field agronomist

(563) 263-5701

Mark Carlton
Extension field agronomist

(641) 932-5612


Advance registration has closed for this program. Registrations will be accepted at the door the day of the program. Cash, check or credit cards accepted.

$50 – early registration
$60 – after midnight, January 1 or at the door

Registration includes lunch, refreshments, a copy of the proceedings booklet, private pesticide applicator recertification and CCA credits.


Location changes or cancellation requests - call (515) 294-6429 or email anr@iastate.edu. Cancellations requesting a refund must be received by the early registration deadline listed above.

Weather policy

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 am the day of the meeting. Meetings are not rescheduled. Those registered may transfer to another location or request a refund.

For assistance with registration, receipts, cancellation or questions on the status of your registration contact Program Services at (515) 294-6429 or anr@iastate.edu.

Partially funded by the soybean checkoff. The Iowa Soybean Association is proud to partner with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in providing valuable crop production information that benefits Iowa producers. Printing of the 2015 Crop Advantage proceedings was sponsored by the Iowa Soybean Association.