Le Mars | January 26, 2016

Le Mars Convention Center
251 12th Street SE, Le Mars, Iowa


Time Presentation
9:30 AMRegistration opens
10:00 AMManaging margins in 2016 and beyond – Alejandro Plastina, Extension economist (CM)
11:00 AM - Session A (select one topic)
 2015 Insect issues and preparing for 2016 – Erin Hodgson, Extension entomologist (PM)
 Big Data and UAVs in agriculture – Matt Darr, Associate Professor, Ag and Biosystems Engineering; Ryan Bergman, Program Coordinator, Ag and Biosystems Engineering (CM)
 Building soil health for sustainable agricultural systems – Mahdi Al-Kaisi, Extension soil and water specialist (SW)
12:00 PMLunch (provided)
12:50 PM - Session B (select one topic)
 Economic benefits of cover crops – Jamie Benning, Extension water quality program manager; Liz Juchems, Iowa Learning Farms Events Coordinator (SW)
 Soil fertility management with tight crop production margins – Antonio Mallarino, Extension soil fertility specialist (NM)
 White mold, sudden death syndrome and other crop diseases – Daren Mueller, Extension crop plant pathologist (PM)
1:45 PM - Session C (select one topic)
 2015 NW Iowa Research Farm and On-Farm Project results – Joel DeJong, Extension field agronomist (CM)
 Genetic selection and seeding rate considerations for tight margins – Mark Licht, Extension cropping systems agronomist (CM)
 Spray application strategies beyond glyphosate – Mark Hanna, Extension agricultural engineer (PM)
2:40 PM - Session D (select one topic)
 Analyzing your business to improve profitability – Shane Ellis, Extension farm management specialist (CM)
 Application timing, rates and risks when using phosphorus fertilizer – Antonio Mallarino, Extension soil fertility specialist (SW)
 The most expensive herbicide program is one that doesn't control weeds – Bob Hartzler, Extension weed management specialist (PM)
3:35 PM Private pesticide applicator continuing instruction course – Joel DeJong, Extension field agronomist
4:30 PM Meeting adjourns

Field Agronomist

Joel DeJong
Extension field agronomist

(712) 546-7835



Online and advance registration has closed for this meeting. Please register at the door the day of the program. Thank you.

$50 – early registration
$60 – after midnight, January 19 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 2016 Crop Advantage proceedings was sponsored by the Iowa Soybean Association.