Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists have announced that they will be hosting a series of meetings between January 3 and 26 as a part of their 2018 Crop Advantage Series. The professionals, who will be providing recommendations on current and future crop production issues, will be visiting 14 different locations across Iowa.
“There is no other program in our crop production education year where we bring this many extension specialists together at individual sites across the state like we do for Crop Advantage meetings,” said Meaghan Anderson, field agronomist with ISU Extension and Outreach.
Topics on this year’s agenda will include factors for high-yielding soybeans, soil health, cover crops, insect management, and micronutrients and tissue testing. The specialists will also look into weed management and the use of dicamba in 2018.
“The introduction of dicamba-resistant soybean varieties along with new dicamba formulations resulted in a substantial increase in off-target injury complaints this summer,” said Bob Hartzler, professor and extension weed specialist with Iowa State. “Understanding particle and vapor drift scenarios, recent product label changes, and updated university application recommendations will be covered at each Crop Advantage meeting this winter.”
Last year, almost 2,000 people attended the meetings hosted by the ISU extension, representing 97 of the 99 Iowa counties. Early registration to this year’s event at each location is $50. More information can be found by visiting www.cropadvantage.org.