The focus of the Crop Management Clinic is 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, 2017 at the Field Extension Education Laboratory (FEEL) west of Ames, Iowa. Registration check-in opens at 8:30 a.m. and opening comments are at 8:55 am. Class adjourns at 4:30 p.m.

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 50 minute and 25 minute sessions that encourage discussion, interaction with Extension instructors, and practical exercises in field situations. Attendees select which sessions to attend, customizing their clinic experience to their needs and area of focus.

This next-level clinic on the 'how and why' along with current research. Extension specialists and ISU researchers will be discussing the impacts of common crop problems, how to avoid them, and what steps you can take to improve productivity. In addition, faculty and staff will be highlighting current research taking place throughout the state and how their findings can impact crop management.

Continuing Education

This clinic qualifies for 6.5 continuing education credits for Iowa Certified Crop Advisers, subject to board approval. Categories will depend on sessions selected by each attendee.

What is FEEL?

The Field Extension Education Laboratory, 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 50 minute and 25 minute sessions. 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

Crop market forecast: Where are we and where are we going?
Chad Hart, Extension economist and crop marketing specialist
Crop markets affect all aspects of crop management. Understanding where the markets are helps us to determine crop management decisions now and in the future. (1.0 CM credit)

Setting up GPS systems: Where and how do you measure?
Mark Hanna, Extension agricultural engineer
Often farmers use GPS for many field operations, however, implements are not all the same. Mark will be discussing how to measure from the GPS receiver to the implement with a tractor and planter. He will also teach about other things to consider when measuring with different implements. (0.5 CM credit)

Digging for concerns: Planter adjustments for cover crops
Mark Licht, Extension cropping systems specialist
Often times people are hesitant to plant cover crops because they require different management. This includes planter adjustments for planting into a terminated cover crop. Mark will discuss changes needed when planting into a cover crop and explain why we need to make these changes. (0.5 CM credit)

Forecast and Assessment of Cropping SysTems) FACTS program
Sotirios Archontoulis, assistant professor, Integrated Cropping Systems
Sotirios well demo the FACTS program and how it can be used to predict crop water and nitrogen status as well as predict yield. (0.5 CM credit)

Soil and Water Management

Soil health: What does it mean and how do we build soil health?
Mahdi Al-Kaisi, Extension soil and water management specialist
Soil health has been a major talking point the past few years. Mahdi will define soil health and what it means for crop management. He will teach about ways to measure soil health and how to build soil health in the future. He will emphasize why we should be concerned about soil health. (1.0 SW credit)

Local source water protection using conservation practices
Jamie Benning, coordinator, Extension water quality program
Some small towns have experienced nitrate levels above the Maximum Contaminate Level of 10 parts per million.  A few of these municipalities have implemented conservation practices to reduce the risk of nitrate in their drinking water. Jamie will be sharing what these towns have done and what has happened with nitrate levels since they have been put into practice. (1.0 SW credit)

Tile line nitrate monitoring demonstration
Jamie Benning, coordinator, Extension water quality program
The nutrient reduction strategy has set goals for reducing nitrate in waters. People interested in sampling the water coming from their tile lines can buy kits to test levels. Jamie will show how to use nitrate sample kit to test for nitrate in tile lines at this session. (0.5 SW credit)

Measuring decomposition in soils and how it relates to soil health
Teresa Middleton, graduate research assistant, Agronomy
Marshall has experiments across the state with simple methods of measuring decomposition in soils. He will talk about this opportunity to measure decomposition in soils and explain how it is a measure of soil health. (0.5 SW credit)

Pest Management

Corn rootworm management
Erin Hodgson, Extension entomologist
Corn Rootworm (CRW) continues to be a pest in corn. Erin will discuss many aspects of CRW including identification life-cycle, and teach about rootworm injury ratings. Attendees will dig roots and learn how to rate injury by doing it themselves. Erin will finish by discussing management strategies now and opportunities in the future. (1.0 PM credit)

Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) resistance and management
Greg Tylka, Extension nematologist and Kaitlyn Bissonnette, postdoctoral research associate
Management of SCN has relied on soybeans with genetic resistance to SCN, however, other options are being explored including seed treatments. Greg and Kaitlyn will discuss the biology and life cycle of SCN as well as results of recent research including seed treatment. (1.0 PM credit)

Sprayer tips: how far does product go into canopy?
Mark Hanna, Extension agricultural engineer
Mark will be using a demonstration to show how to choose sprayer tips based on what you need the product to do. Is that product really going as far as we want it to? (0.5 PM credit)

Soybean aphid management concerns
Erin Hodgson, Extension entomologist
Erin will teach about the life-cycle of soybean aphids and relate that to management decisions. During the summer of 2016, a few fields in Iowa that were sprayed with insecticide did not have accept control raising concerns about resistance. Erin will discuss how to manage aphids with the concern of resistance rising. (0.5 PM credit)

Management of Palmer amaranth in conservation plantings
Bob Hartzler, Extension weed management specialist
Palmer amaranth has been found in conservation plantings as well as field crops. Managing Palmer Amaranth in conservation plantings requires different tactics than field crops and Bob plans to teach using a demo plot with conservation plantings. 0.5 PM credit)

What are we seeing?
Bob Hartzler, Extension weed management specialist
Weeds are always changing and adapting. So are the methods, technologies and products used to combat them. So what are we seeing this year? This will be a discussion on new products in use and issues popping up during the growing season. (0.5 PM credit)

Will fungicides work on diseases that have shown up recently?
Alison Robertson, Extension crop plant pathologist
Alison will be discussing corn disease that have shown up in Iowa the past few years including Physoderma and Bacterial Leaf Streak. She will talk about how to manage these diseases and whether fungicides will be effective. (0.5 PM credit)

Nutrient Management

Nitrogen in the Environment: Myths & Realities
Mike Castellano, associate professor, Agronomy
The nitrogen cycle and how it impacts nitrogen management and concerns.  (0.5 NM credit)

Registration Instructions

Registration is $125 and includes refreshments, lunch, course materials and publications.

Advance registration is required to attend this clinic. Registrations must be received by midnight, July 6, 2017. 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 10, 2017. 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.

Construction notice: The southbound I-35 exit to westbound Hwy 30 is closed this summer. Please follow the suggested detour using the 13th Street exit. More information from Iowa DOT.

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.