Crop Management Clinics focus on getting out of the classroom and into the field, giving agribusiness professionals and crop producers the opportunity to learn about the latest research and crop management practices.

The Crop Management Clinic will be offered on July 13-14, 2016 at the Field Extension Education Laboratory (FEEL) west of Ames, Iowa. Registration opens at 8:30 am and opening comments are at 8:55 am. Class adjourns on the first day at 4:50 pm. Class begins on the second day, July 14, at 8:00 am and adjourns at 4:15 pm.

Focus areas

Clinic topics cover four primary areas: crop management, pest management, nutrient management, and soil and water management. The schedule is a combination of 60 minute and 30 minute sessions that encourage discussion, interaction with Extension instructors, and practical exercises in field situations.

Continuing Education

This clinic qualifies for 13 continuing education credits for Iowa Certified Crop Advisers, subject to approval.

What is FEEL?

FEEL is Iowa State University's 23-acre teaching and demonstration facility dedicated to providing a hands-on learning experience for crop production professionals. Demonstration plots are used to show management problems, solutions, and diagnostic challenges for corn and soybean production in Iowa. Modern, air conditioned classroom facilities support field demonstrations, all within walking distance.

Small classes offer each participant ample opportunity for discussion with instructors. Participants sharpen troubleshooting skills and evaluate management strategies through direct experience with actual crop problems.

Clinic topics

The topics below are currently scheduled for the Crop Management Clinic. Iowa State University reserves the right to adjust the program due to speaker availability and growing conditions. The program is a combination of 1 hour and 1/2 hour presentations. CCA credit offerings for each topic are listed below, subject to board approval. CM=crop management, PM=pest management, NM=nutrient management, SW=soil and water management.

Crop Management

Agronomics of cover crops
Mark Licht, Extension cropping systems agronomist
This session will look at the effect of cover crop termination on the growth of corn and soybean. Discussion will also be given to cash crop management decisions following the use of cover crops and appropriate cover crop species and planting dates. (0.5 CM credit)

Crop market outlook for 2016 and beyond
Chad Hart, Extension economist
We’ll explore the current estimates from USDA on the 2016 crop and examine the factors shaping crop prices over the next 12-18 months. (0.5 CM credit)

Planter adjustments into cover crop
Mark Hanna, Extension agricultural engineer
Cover crop acreage is starting to expand.  Results of planting into cover will be observed and planter adjustments discussed. (1.0 CM credit)

Mid-season corn management
Mark Licht, Extension cropping systems agronomist
This session will review the effect of early season weather conditions and management practices effect on corn growth and development. This session will also include diagnostics for tasseling and the early grain filling period.
(0.5 CM credit)

Mid-season soybean management
Mark Licht, Extension cropping systems agronomist
This session will look at soybean growth and development as effected by early season weather conditions and management practices. This session will also focus on how pod formation and seed fill diagnostics. (0.5 CM credit)


Nutrient Management

Are you getting a representative sample?
Angie Rieck-Hinz, Extension field agronomist
Soil sampling seems straightforward. However, are you getting samples that represent
the true fertility level for that field? Test your skills with this hands-on session. (0.5 NM credit)

Nitrogen management update
John Sawyer, Extension soil fertility specialist
(1.0 NM credit)

P and K fertilizer decisions with low crop prices
Antonio Mallarino, Extension soil fertility specialist
(1.0 NM credit)

Pest Management

Soybean aphid management
Erin Hodgson, Extension entomologist
This class will provide an update on IPM approaches to managing the most important insect pest of soybean. This includes efficacy evaluations and host plant resistance using hands-on demonstration. (0.5 PM credit)

Corn rootworm management
Erin Hodgson, Extension entomologist
Corn rootworm is becoming a challenging pest with Bt resistance. This session will focus on assessing root injury and adult sampling for future management decisions using hands-on demonstration. (0.5 PM credit)

Corn insects: The caterpillars
Marlin Rice, entomologist,  Integrity Ag Solutions LLC
This class will focus on the correct identification of moth larvae that attack corn in Iowa, plus a brief overview of their biology and management options. Emphasis will be placed on armyworm, black cutworm, corn earworm, dingy cutworm, European corn borer, fall armyworm, stalk borer, and western bean cutworm. (1.0 PM credit)

Soybean Cyst Nematode
Greg Tylka, Extension nematologist
(1.0 PM credit)

Diagnosis and management of soybean diseases
Daren Mueller, Extension crop plant pathologist
(1.0 PM credit)

What’s that spot? Corn disease identification and management
Alison Robertson, Extension crop plant pathologist
(1.0 PM credit)

Herbicide injury and weed management
Mike Owen, Extension weed management specialist
(1.0 PM credit)

Weed ID and cultural control
Bob Hartzler, Extension weed management specialist
(1.0 PM credit)


Soil and Water Management

Prairie strips for farm soil, water, and wildlife conservation
Lisa Schulte-Moore, associate professor, Natural Resource Ecology and Management
(0.5 SW credit)

Retaining soil nutrients: The cconomic value of cover crops
Jamie Benning, Extension water quality program manager
(0.5 SW credit)

Soil health training
Mahdi Al-Kaisi, Extension soil and water management specialist
(1.0 SW credit)

Registration Instructions

Registration is $250 and includes refreshments, lunches, and course materials and publications. Single-day registration is not available.

Advance registration is required to attend this clinic. Registrations must be received by midnight, July 6, 2016. Space is limited for FEEL clinics. Registrations are accepted on a first-paid basis. If the clinic fills notice will be provided on this web page.

Cancelations requesting a refund must be received by midnight, July 6, 2016. Registration extended to midnight, July 10. Please call (515) 294-6429 or email to cancel a registration.

Registration may be completed online using VISA, MasterCard or Discover, or by mailing in the completed registration form with check payment. Phone registrations are not accepted.

Questions? For assistance with registration, receipts, billing, cancellation or questions on the status of your registration contact ANR Program Services at or (515) 294-6429.

For additional information regarding this and other FEEL programs please contact Warren Pierson, FEEL coordinator, at or (515) 509-8308.

Registration Links

Online registration has closed for this event. Registration deadline was midnight, July 10. Pre-registration is required to attend events at FEEL.

Directions and lodging

The clinic is held at the Field Extension Education Laboratory (FEEL), 1928 240th Street, Boone, Iowa. A printable copy of driving instructions, map and contact information is linked below.

Overnight accomodations, if needed, are the responsibility of the clinic attendee. A wide range of hotels are available in nearby Boone and Ames. For a complete listing visit the Ames Convention and Visitors Bureau link below.