By Virgil Schmitt, Extension Field Agronomist
Certified crop advisers (CCAs) can earn 4.5 hours of credit (2.5 hours in soil and water management, 0.5 in crop management and 1.5 in pest management) by attending a special CCA morning session, followed by the afternoon spring field day tour at the Southeast Iowa Research and Demonstration Farm near Crawfordsville on June 26.
The morning session will begin at 9 a.m. with a presentation by Virgil Schmitt, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and Outreach field agronomist, on "Identifying and Managing Palmer Amaranth and Herbicide Resistance." Also in the morning will be a presentation on "Helping Clients Retain Soil Nutrients on their Farms" by Matt Helmers, ISU Extension and Outreach agricultural engineer.
The afternoon tour will begin at 1 p.m. and is open to the public. Topics will include Crop Season Review by Myron Rees, farm superintendent; Crop Weather Outlook and How New Weather Stations Will Benefit Iowa Farmers by Elwynn Taylor, ISU Extension and Outreach climatologist; Making Fungicide Application Decisions by Darren Mueller, ISU Extension and Outreach plant pathologist; and Soil Drainage Update by Matt Helmers, ISU Extension and Outreach agricultural engineer.
Registration for CCAs will begin at 8:30 a.m. The registration fee is $50, which includes lunch. Pre-registration is required. Please pre-register at https://isuext.typeform.com/to/ekWgkd (preferred) or by calling the Muscatine County Extension Office at (563) 263-5701 or send an e-mail to Virgil Schmitt at firstname.lastname@example.org by June 24, 2014. The registration fee (cash or check) can be paid at the door. To reach the research farm, go 1 3/4 miles south of Crawfordsville on Highway 218, then 2 miles east on G-62, then 3/4 mile north.
Virgil Schmitt is a field agronomist for ISU Extension and Outreach in eastern Iowa. He can be reached at (563) 263-5701 or email@example.com.