Crop Advantage Series

January 30, 2020 | Denison, 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

"Good opportunity to compare notes with ISU Extension specialists, colleagues and friends on topics of interest."

Ames 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.

Program for Denison

Thursday, January 30, 2020Print the program

8:15 am Registration opens
9:00 am Welcome – Mike Witt, Extension field agronomist
9:05 am Weed management for the 2020’s and understanding herbicide tissue tests – Prashant Jha, Extension weed management specialist (PM)
10:00 am Session A (select one topic)
Considerations for hemp production in Iowa – Aaron Saeugling, Extension field agronomist (CM)
Grain drying and storage 101 – Shawn Shouse, Extension agricultural engineering field specialist (CM)
Update on corn and soybean diseases – Daren Mueller, Extension crop plant pathologist (PM)
11:00 am Session B (select one topic)
Corn Nitrogen Rate Calculator: The science that drives it – John Sawyer, Extension soil fertility specialist (NM)
Farm economy medley: 2018 Farm Bill, trade and tariff impacts, profitability and cost factors – Tim Christensen, Extension farm management field specialist (CM)
Iowa weather: Climatological trends and extreme behavior – Justin Glisan, State Climatologist of Iowa, Iowa Dept. of Agriculture & Land Stewardship (CM)
12:00 pm Lunch (provided)
1:00 pm Session C (select one topic)
Investing in good and frequent soil sampling and variable-rate application technology with unfavorable prices – Antonio Mallarino, Extension soil fertility specialist (NM)
On-farm trials: Local trials and local results – Mike Witt, Extension field agronomist; Chris Beedle, ISU Western Research and Demonstration Farm (CM)
Update on field crop insects and emerging pests – Erin Hodgson, Extension entomologist (PM)
2:00 pm Session D (select one topic)
Filling the hole: Using switchgrass to reduce nutrient and profit loss from underperforming parts of crop fields – Emily Heaton, Extension biomass crops specialist (SW)
Iowa Pest Resistance Management Program: Harrison County, Iowa project – Pest Resistance Management Team, (PM)
Iowa Private Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Course – Aaron Saeugling, Extension field agronomist
2:50 pm Break
3:10 pm 2020 Crop market outlook: Trade, tariffs, payments and the impact on farmers – Chad Hart, Extension agricultural economist (CM)
4:00 pm Meeting adjourns



  • $50
    Early registration, prior to midnight, January 23, 2020
  • $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

Mike Witt

Mike Witt
Extension field agronomist
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
(641) 747-2276