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 14-15, 2015 at the Field Extension Education Laboratory (FEEL) outside of Ames. Registration opens at 8:30 am and opening comments are at 9:00 am. Class adjourns on the first day at 4:00 pm. Class begins on the second day, July 15, at 8:00 am and adjourns at 4:00 pm.

Focus areas

Clinic topics cover four primary areas: crop management, pest management, nutrient management, and soil and water management. A combination of 60 minute and 30 minute sessions 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.

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.

Herbicide injury symptoms, selectivity, and management of herbicide resistant weeds
Mike Owen, Extension weed specialist

Update on SCN management: 2015 and beyond
Greg Tylka, Extension nematologist
This session will include a review of the basic biology of the soybean cyst nematode (SCN) followed by a discussion of currently available management strategies. The session will conclude with a look to the future concerning long-term management of this very important and persistent soybean pest.

Weed ID with focus on Palmer amaranth
Meaghan Anderson, Extension field agronomist

Current corn diseases
Alison Robertson, Extension crop plant pathologist
A review of symptoms and management options for corn diseases that are currently limiting yield in Iowa .

Nitrogen management
John Sawyer, Extension soil fertility specialist
Nitrogen use in corn is important for optimal crop production. This session will cover corn yield response to nitrogen application and economic optimal rate selection, application timing, weather effects, and related water quality issues.

Soybean diseases
Daren Mueller, Extension crop plant pathologist
We will cover plant pathology topics such as emerging diseases in 2015 and updates on disease management strategies. 

Managing dedicated bioenergy crops
Emily Heaton, associate professor, Agronomy
This topic will give an overview of perennial bioenergy crops in Iowa including their uses and markets. Participants will learn how to incorporate perennials into row-crop landscapes for improved soil and water quality as well as biomass production. Specific examples will draw on ISU research into Miscanthus, switchgrass and mixed prairie.

Planter adjustments into cover crops
Mark Hanna, Extension agricultural engineer
Planter adjustments necessary for planting corn into a burned down cover crop.

Insects in Iowa crops
Erin Hodgson, Extension entomologist

Soil management practices and effects on soil health
Mahdi Al-Kaisi, Extension soil and water specialist
This presentation will cover the concept of soil health along with hands on field measurements of different soil health indicators with different management practices.

Mid-season corn management
Mark Johnson, Extension field agronomist
Discussion of current issues in corn production and what to be scouting for as the season continues.

Mid-season soybean management
Mark Johnson, Extension field agronomist
Discussion of current issues in soybean production and what to be scouting for as the season continues.

Cover crops and herbicides
Meaghan Anderson, Extension field agronomist
Making decisions for cover crop selections based on herbicides applied throughout the season. Also, how and when to terminate cover crops before planting in the spring.

Measuring nitrate concentration in tile lines
Jamie Benning, Extension water quality coordinator
hands on demonstration of how to use nitrate test strips to measure nitrate concentration in water flowing from a tile line.

Nutrient deficiency symptoms
John Sawyer, Extension soil fertility specialist
How to identify nutrient deficiencies in the field and potential effects of these deficiencies.

STRIPS program: Conservation practices to increase diversity
Lisa Schulte-Moore, associate professor, Natural Resource Ecology and Management
Discussion of how prairie strips can be incorporated in key areas of fields as a conservation practice to increase diversity, reduce erosion, and reduce surface runoff.

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 7, 2015. 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 7, 2015. 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 will not be 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.

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