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 12, 2018 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 and the program begins at 9:00 am. Class adjourns at 4:00 p.m.

Focus areas

Clinic topics cover four primary areas: crop management, pest management, nutrient management, and soil and water management. Small group sizes encourage discussion and interaction with Extension instructors, and practical exercises in field situations.

This next-level clinic focuses 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 continuing education credits for Iowa Certified Crop Advisers, subject to board approval, in the following categories: 1.0 nutrient management, 2.5 pest management, 1.5 soil and water management, 1.0 crop management.

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 60 minute and 30 minute sessions. The class will be divided into smaller groups that will rotate through all topics offered. 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

Variable rate seeding and hybrids
Mark Licht, assistant professor, Agronomy and Extension cropping systems specialist
Planters now have the ability to variable rate not only seeding rates, but also hybrids or varieties. How do you plan to map out these fields? Mark will use our demonstration plots that have hybrids at different seeding rates to discuss where he would start. (0.5 CM)

High yield factors – what can be managed and what can’t?
Sotirios Archontoulis, assistant professor, Agronomy and Extension integrated cropping systems specialist
Sotirios is leading the Forecast and Assessment of Cropping sysTemS (FACTS) team, that models crop growth and yield and has research plots to ground truth this model. Sotirios will discuss factors that are significant for yield and what we can do to manage these. (0.5 CM)

Soil and Water Management

Soil health and indicators of soil health
Mahdi Al-Kaisi, professor, Agronomy and Extension soil and water management specialist and David Kwaw-Mensah, research associate, Agronomy
Tillage affects many aspects of soil, including soil health. Mahdi and David will show demonstrations comparing water infiltration, bulk density, and aggregate stability in our different tillage systems, and relate these demonstrations to soil health. (1.0 SW)

What’s going on beneath the soil surface?
Angie Rieck-Hinz, Extension Field Agronomist
Soils affect crop growth and management in many ways, but it is hard to get a good look at what’s going on below the surface. Angie will be using a soil pit to explain factors affecting root growth. (0.5 SW)

Pest Management

Factors that contribute to full season weed control
Bob Hartzler, professor, Agronomy and Extension weed management specialist
Weed control throughout the growing season is critical to reduce weed seed production that leads to issues in the future. Bob will discuss many tools for weed management that can be used to manage weeds and reduce weed issues in the future. (0.5 PM)

“To spray or not to spray” – managing corn and soybean diseases
Alison Robertson, professor, Plant Pathology and Microbiology and Extension crop plant pathologist
Fungicide decisions are based on presence of disease, environmental conditions, and the hybrid or varieties resistance to various diseases. Alison will discuss what factors she considers when deciding to make a fungicide application. (1.0 PM)

Nematode management update
Greg Tylka, professor, Plant Pathology and Microbiology and Extension nematologist
Soybean Cyst Nematodes (SCN) have been managed well using resistance varieties, however, we are starting to see issues with these resistance genes. Greg will give an update on his research regarding this issue as well as research on seed treatments for SCN. He will also discuss nematodes that feed on corn. (1.0 PM)

Nutrient Management

Nitrogen management decisions
John Sawyer, professor, Agronomy and Extension soil fertility and nutrient management specialist
Corn Nitrogen (N) rate requirements and response to N application vary based on many factors including weather, previous crop and more. John will discuss how newer hybrids compare to older hybrids in nitrogen use efficiency. He will also discuss the implications of nitrogen management decisions on water quality (1.0 NM)

Registration Instructions

Early registration – $125 (prior to midnight, June 29, 2018)

Late registration – $150 (prior to midnight, July 6, 2018)

Advance registration is required to attend this clinic. Registrations must be received by midnight, July 6, 2018. 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.

Registration includes refreshments, lunch, course materials and publications.

Cancelations requesting a refund must be received by midnight, July 6, 2018. 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

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.