Okoboji | January 7, 2016

Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center
1405 US Highway 71, Milford, Iowa


Time Presentation
9:30 AMRegistration opens
10:00 AMSoil fertility management with tight crop production margins – John Sawyer, Extension soil fertility specialist (NM)
11:00 AMManaging margins in 2016 and beyond – Chad Hart, Extension economist (CM)
12:00 PMLunch (provided)
12:45 PM - Session A (select one topic)
 Corn rootworm management – Erin Hodgson, Extension entomologist (PM)
 Genetic selection and seeding rate considerations for tight margins – Mark Licht, Extension cropping systems agronomist (CM)
 Reducing nitrate loss: Scale of practice implementation needed – Matt Helmers, Extension agricultural engineer (SW)
 The most expensive herbicide program is one that doesn't control weeds – Bob Hartzler, Extension weed management specialist (PM)
1:40 PM - Session B (select one topic)
 Corn disease update – Daren Mueller, Extension crop plant pathologist (PM)
 Economic benefits of cover crops – Jamie Benning, Extension water quality program manager; Liz Juchems, Iowa Learning Farms Events Coordinator (SW)
 How to analyze your herbicide options – Paul Kassel, Extension field agronomist (PM)
 U2U tools: Decision tools for corn producers – Chad Hart, Extension economist (CM)
2:35 PM Break
2:40 PM - Session C (select one topic)
 Analyzing your business to improve profitability – Kelvin Leibold, Extension farm management specialist (CM)
 Big Data and UAVs in agriculture – Matt Darr, Associate Professor, Ag and Biosystems Engineering; Ryan Bergman, Program Coordinator, Ag and Biosystems Engineering (CM)
 Soybean disease update – Daren Mueller, Extension crop plant pathologist (PM)
 Spray application strategies beyond glyphosate – Mark Hanna, Extension agricultural engineer (PM)
3:35 PM Private pesticide applicator continuing instruction course – Paul Kassel, Extension field agronomist
4:20 PM Meeting adjourns

Field Agronomist

Paul Kassel
Extension field agronomist

(712) 262-2264



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$50 – early registration
$60 – after midnight, December 30 or at the door

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


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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.

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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.