FEEL 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 Late Season Crop Management Clinic will be offered on August 26-27, 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 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 will qualify for continuing education credits for Iowa Certified Crop Advisers, subject to approval. Once approval is received the total credits and categories will be posted here.

Clinic topics

The topics below are currently scheduled for the Late-Season Crop Management Clinic. Program development is still active and continues to evolve based on Iowa growing conditions and problems that are seen across the state. Iowa State University reserves the right to adjust the program due to speaker availability and growing conditions.

Phosphorus and potassium soil testing and fertilization management
Antonio P. Mallarino, Extension nutrient management specialist
Soil testing for phosphorus and potassium and appropriate management of these nutrients are very important for the profitability of crop production. Also, inappropriate phosphorus management can cause serious water quality impairment. This session will provide an update of new research and will review key issues that will help producers plan for the fall testing and fertilization season.

SCN Management in 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.”

Late-season insect management issues
Erin Hodgson, Extension entomolgist
In this class, Erin will highlight insects that can impact corn and soybean yields before harvest. Also, there will be a discussion on caterpillar identification for non-GMO corn.

Corn disease management update
Alison Robertson, Extension crop plant pathologist
This session will focus on the most prominent disease issues that are showing up and what to be looking for. Alison will discuss fungicides applications and her data from recent years.

Late-season Weeds: What do they forecast?
Bob Hartzler, Extenison weed specialist
Discussion of weed seedbank dynamics and the impact of weed control failures on future management.

Prairie strips: Conservation for multiple benefits
Lisa Schulte-Moore, associate professor, Natural Resource Ecology and Management


Soybean disease management update
Daren Mueller, Extension crop plant pathologist
Daren will discuss current foliar diseases on soybeans and which have been present under current conditions. He will also talk about foliar applications fungicides and the results of his most recent research.

Disease ID quiz
Using plant materials gathered at FEEL, surrounding areas, and samples submitted to ISU, students will take a hands-on quiz and then learn proper identification of the diseases present. Instructors will discuss the quiz answers, provide pointers, and explain management options.

What’s up with bioenergy in Iowa?
Nic Boersma and Cathi Bonin
Drs. Nic Boersma and Cathi Bonin provide an update on what is happening with bioenergy, specifically with Miscanthus, in Iowa.

Cover crops as part of the corn and soybean cropping system
Mark Licht, Extension cropping systems specialist
This session will discuss considerations for getting started and managing the cash crop following cover crops.

Corn production and management
Mark Johnson, Extension field agronomist
A retrospective look at how management practices and environmental conditions influence production.

Soybean production and management
Mark Johnson, Extension field agronomist or Mark Licht, Extension cropping systems specialist
A look back on the growing season; what worked and what didn’t.

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, August 19, 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.

Cancellations requesting a refund must be received by midnight, August 19, 2015. Please call (515) 294-6429 or email anr@iastate.edu to cancel a registration.

Registration are accepted online using VISA, MasterCard or Discover, or by mailing in the completed registration form with check payment. For credit card security reasons, phone registrations cannot be accepted.

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

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

Directions to FEEL

The clinic is held at the Field Extension Education Laboratory (FEEL), 1928 240th Street, Boone, Iowa. Road construction: Due to ongoing road construction on U Ave near the Agronomy Farm please use alternate routes to FEEL, highlighted in yellow on the map below.