Field Diagnostic Clinic is a Return to the Basics

June 21, 2010
ICM News

By Brent Pringnitz, Field Extension Education Laboratory

Make plans to attend the 2010 Field Diagnostic Clinic to be held July 12-13 at the Field Extension Education Laboratory (FEEL) near Ames. This program focuses on the fundamentals of crop plant diagnostics. Sessions focus on insect, weed and crop disease identification, herbicide injury, nutrient deficiency symptoms and understanding crop growth and development. For someone new to field diagnostics the clinic will provide fundamental training to provide accurate diagnosis of crop and pest problems. The program will also challenge experienced agronomists to identify new pests and crop problems and refresh skills needed on a daily basis to provide sound agronomic advice. 

Sessions are taught by ISU Extension faculty from the departments of Agronomy, Entomology and Plant Pathology. Each session includes intensive, hands-on training in demonstration plots at FEEL in small-group settings that enhance instructor-student interaction.

The Field Diagnostic Clinic is approved for Certified Crop Adviser CEUs: 5.0 crop management, 6.5 pest management, and 1.5 nutrient management.  

Registration is required for this program and space is limited. Registration is $250 and includes all meals, breaks and course references. To register for this program, or for more details on the course, visit the FEEL website. For program questions please contact the Field Extension Education Laboratory at (515) 432-9548 or

The Field Extension Education Laboratory (FEEL) is a 43-acre teaching and demonstration facility that has been training crop production professionals since 1987. FEEL is coordinated by the Iowa State University Corn and Soybean Initiative. For a full listing of educational programs available, visit

Brent Pringnitz is program coordinator at the Field Extension Education Laboratory. He can be reached at 515/294-9487 or by email at

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