Crop Advantage Series

January 26, 2022 | Le Mars, Iowa

Crop Advantage meetings provide a solid foundation of current, research-based crop production information to help make smart, informed decisions in the farming operation.

84% of attendees responding to follow-up surveys said information from Crop Advantage would likely save them between $5 and $20 per acre.

Source: 2016 statewide series evaluation

"In one place, in one day, I can learn several different subjects from knowledgeable instructors, but most all good information for me to have on the farm.."

Le Mars post-meeting evaluation, 2017

Private pesticide applicator recertification

Crop Advantage meetings are approved for recertification for Iowa private pesticide applicators. Applicators must attend the entire meeting (including at least one pest management topic) to receive recertification credit. Recertification is included in meeting registration.

Continuing education

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This meeting is approved for continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs). Credits awarded will depend on workshop sessions attended during the program. Program listings use the following credit designations: CM-crop management, PM-pest management, NM-nutrient management, SW-soil and water. All presentations are 1.0 credit.



January 26, 2022

Registration check-in 9:30 AM.
Program begins at 10:00 AM and concludes at 4:35 PM.


Le Mars Convention Center
251 12th St Southeast, Le Mars, IA 51031

Statewide support provided by Iowa Soybean Association and Iowa Corn Growers Association.

Program for Le Mars

Wednesday, January 26, 2022Print the program

9:30 amRegistration opens
10:00 am2022 Crop market outlook – Chad Hart, extension crop marketing specialist (CM)
11:00 amManagement strategies for corn rootworm – Erin Hodgson, extension entomologist (PM)
12:00 pmLunch (provided)
12:50 pm Session A (select one topic)
Carbon markets – Alejandro Plastina, extension economist (SW)
Smokey growing season impact on crop production – Sotirios Archontoulis, associate professor, Agronomy (CM)
Weed management update for 2022 – Prashant Jha, extension weed management specialist (PM)
1:45 pm Session B (select one topic)
Northwest Iowa on-farm and research projects from 2021 – Joel DeJong, extension field agronomist (CM)
Nutrient inputs decisions for 2022 and beyond – Antonio Mallarino, extension soil fertility specialist (NM)
Updates on soybean gall midge and fall armyworm – Erin Hodgson, extension entomologist (PM)
2:40 pm Session C (select one topic)
Changing precipitation pattern effects on soil erosion: Management considerations – Rick Cruse, professor, Agronomy and director, Iowa Water Center (SW)
Corn and soybean disease update – Daren Mueller, extension crop plant pathologist (PM)
Integrating cover crop and reduced row spacing for managing herbicide resistance in Iowa corn and soybean – Prashant Jha, extension weed management specialist (PM)
3:35 pmIowa Private Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Course – Joel DeJong, extension field agronomist
4:35 pmMeeting adjourns



  • $60
    Early registration, prior to midnight, January 19, 2022
  • $75
    Late or on-site registration
  • Registration includes lunch, refreshment breaks, private pesticide applicator recertification and CCA credits.


  • Cancellations requesting a refund must be received no later than 3 days prior to the meeting (except weather related).
  • Confirmation of registration and receipts are sent via email. Please provide a valid email address when registering.
  • For assistance with registration, receipts, cancellation or questions on the status of your registration please contact ANR Program Services at (515) 294-6429 or


  • If weather conditions cause a change in meeting plans a notice will be posted on this webpage and provided to local media and radio stations. Any decisions regarding holding the meeting will be announced before 6:00 AM the day of the meeting. Meetings will not be rescheduled. Those registered may transfer to another location or request a refund.

Extension field agronomist

Joel DeJong

Joel DeJong
Extension field agronomist
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
(712) 540-1085