Field Diagnostic Clinic is a Return to the Basics

June 6, 2011
ICM News


By Brent Pringnitz, Department of Agronomy

The 2011 Field Diagnostic Clinic will be held July 11-12 at the Field Extension Education Laboratory (FEEL) near Ames. This program teaches 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 offers fundamental training for making 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 small-group session includes intensive hands-on training in FEEL demonstration plots, providing a setting for 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 an ISU Extension program specialist. He can be reached at  the Field Extension Education Laboratory, (515) 432-9548 or

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