By Jim Fawcett, ISU Extension field agronomist
Certified crop advisers (CCAs) can earn five hours of credit (three hours in soil and water management, 1.5 in pest management, and 0.5 in crop management) by attending a special CCA morning session, that proceeds the afternoon spring field day tour at the Southeast Iowa Research and Demonstration Farm near Crawfordsville on June 15.
The morning session will begin at 9 a.m., with a presentation by Greg Brenneman, ISU Extension agricultural engineer. Brenneman will cover recent tile drainage research results and 20 years of conservation tillage research. The morning session also will include a presentation on the biology and control of nematodes that feed on corn made by Greg Tylka, ISU Extension plant pathologist. The morning will conclude with a discussion in the field by Jeremy Singer, National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment agronomist, who will talk about everything you ever wanted to know about cover crops, but were afraid to ask.
The afternoon tour topics will include: Crop Season Review and Marketing Grain in Crazy Times by Kevin Van Dee, Farm Superintendent and Jim Jensen, ISU Extension farm management specialist; Corn Nematode Management, by Greg Tylka; Cover Crop Establishment and Management, by Jeremy Singer; and Making Fungicide Application Decisions, by Mark Carlton, ISU Extension field agronomist. Tours will begin at 1 p.m.
Registration for CCAs will begin at 8:30 a.m. The registration fee is $50, which includes lunch. Please pre-register by calling the Johnson County Extension Office at (319) 337-2145, or send an email note to Jim Fawcett at firstname.lastname@example.org by June 13 to avoid a $20 late fee. The registration fee can be paid at the door. To reach the research farm go 1.75 miles south of Crawfordsville on Highway 218, then 2 miles east on G-62, then 0.75 mile north.
Jim Fawcett is an Iowa State University Extension field agronomist serving eastern Iowa. He can be reached at 319-337-2145 or by emailing email@example.com.