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Crop Advantage Series


January 3, 2024

Crop Advantage Series


January 3, 2024

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

"Like the format that permits open question and answer interaction with knowledgable professionals.."

Sheldon post-meeting evaluation, 2017

Private pesticide applicator continuing instruction course

Important change for 2024

Private applicator training is not included in Crop Advantage meeting registration. A separate $30 fee will be collected at the meeting for applicators completing the continuing instruction course.

Crop Advantage meetings are an approved continuing instruction course for Iowa private pesticide applicators. Applicators must attend the entire meeting (including at least one pest management topic) to receive credit.

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 3, 2024

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


Northwest Iowa Community College, Building A
US Hwy 18 West, Sheldon, IA 51201



Crop Advantage is supported, in part, by an Iowa Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Professional Development Program mini-grant. Learn more about SARE at

Program for Sheldon

Wednesday, January 3, 2024Print the program

9:30 am Registration opens
9:55 am Welcome – Leah Ten Napel, extension field agronomist
10:00 am Crop markets in 2024: Can we get back to normal? – Chad Hart, extension crop marketing specialist (CM)
11:00 am Out of the box soybean management – Mark Licht, extension cropping systems specialist (CM)
12:00 pm Lunch (provided)
12:45 pm Session A (select one topic)
Carryover, resistance, and control failures: Oh my! – Meaghan Anderson, extension field agronomist (PM)
Managing crap – Dan Andersen, associate professor, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (NM)
1:40 pm Session B (select one topic)
Beginning farmer workshop – Craig Winquist, Farm Credit Services
Corn rootworm variant management – Ashley Dean, extension education specialist, Entomology (PM)
2:35 pm Break
2:40 pm Session C (select one topic)
Climate resilience: Soil erosion and water resource management are key – Rick Cruse, professor, Agronomy and director, Iowa Water Center (SW)
Soybean disease update and green stem in soybeans – Daren Mueller, extension crop plant pathologist (PM)
3:35 pm Iowa Private Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Course – Leah Ten Napel, extension field agronomist
4:35 pm Meeting adjourns



  • $75
    Early registration, prior to midnight, December 27, 2023
  • $100
    Late or on-site registration
  • Registration includes lunch, refreshment breaks and CCA credits.
  • Private applicator continuing education is NOT included in meeting registration. That $30 fee is collected at the meeting.


  • 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) 294-9487 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

Leah Ten Napel

Leah Ten Napel
Extension field agronomist
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
(712) 541-3493