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Crop Advantage Series


January 24, 2024

Crop Advantage Series


January 24, 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

"Good opportunity to compare notes with ISU Extension specialists, colleagues and friends on topics of interest."

Ames 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 24, 2024

Registration check-in 8:15 AM.
Program begins at 8:55 AM and concludes at 4:00 PM.


Templeton Center
230 S 5th Ave, Templeton, IA 51463



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 Templeton

Wednesday, January 24, 2024Print the program

8:15 am Registration opens
8:55 am Welcome – Mike Witt, extension field agronomist
9:00 am Iowa DOT farm vehicle and agriculture topics – Officer Jay Kirkpatrick, Motor Vehicle Enforcement, Iowa Department of Transportation
10:00 am Session A (select one topic)
Changes to corn hybrids over the last 40 years of breeding – Sotirios Archontoulis, professor, Agronomy (CM)
Impacts of cereal rye on nitrogen cycling and crop production: Benefits, challenges, and potential solutions and opportunities – Richard Roth, extension nitrogen science specialist (NM)
11:00 am Session B (select one topic)
Grain bags in western Iowa: Bagging profit or storing problems? – Tony Mensing, extension field agricultural engineer (CM)
Interpreting soil test results for P, K and pH after a dry cropping season – Antonio Mallarino, extension soil fertility specialist (NM)
12:00 pm Lunch (provided)
1:00 pm Session C (select one topic)
Corn response to long-term seasonal weather stressors – Mark Licht, extension cropping systems specialist (CM)
Western Iowa insect rodeo: Featuring the soybean gall midge and corn rootworm – Ashley Dean, extension education specialist, Entomology (PM)
2:00 pm Session D (select one topic)
Crop market outlook 2024 – Alexis Stevens, extension farm management specialist (CM)
Iowa Private Pesticide Applicator Continuing Instruction Course – Aaron Saeugling, extension field agronomist
2:50 pm Break
3:10 pm Growing season 2024: Climate outlook – Dennis Todey, director, Midwest Climate Hub, USDA-ARS (CM)
4:00 pm Meeting adjourns



  • $75
    Early registration, prior to midnight, January 17, 2024
  • $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

Mike Witt

Mike Witt
Extension field agronomist
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
(641) 747-2276