Crop Advantage meeting focus on resistant weeds, crop management topics

Registration is now open for the 2014 Crop Advantage Series meeting in Webster County.

Sponsored by Iowa State University Extension the meeting will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 22 at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn and Suites, in Fort Dodge.

“The Crop Advantage Series is targeted to providing the latest information to producers and helping them make profitable decisions for the upcoming growing season,” said Joel DeJong, and ISU Extension field agronomist in northwest Iowa and chair of the planning committee. “Each location has a variety of topics, including crops, pests, soil fertility and farm management.”

The early registration fee is $35 and includes workshop materials, lunch and refreshments.

Registration less than one week prior or at the meeting increases to $45.

An additional fee is charged for CCA credits and private pesticide applicator recertification.

Additional program details, registration forms and online registration is available at or by contacting the Webster County Extension office at 576-2119.

Extension weed specialists Mike Owen and Bob Hartzler will discuss management options when dealing with herbicide resistance as the keynote topic for the 2014 series.

In addition, the meeting will feature a full agenda of workshops that attendees can choose from, developing a personalized meeting agenda.

Program topics that focus on local needs and production issues are selected by the ISU Extension field agronomists for each meeting.

“Each year attendees tell me they wish there were more breakout sessions during the day,” said Mark Johnson, an ISU Extension field agronomist in North central Iowa. “They are interested in so many of the topics and can’t be at every workshop.

“The topics are in demand. It’s a great problem to have.”

The Crop Advantage Series provides a statewide message on important issues yet retains local input on topics for that specific area.

The Jan. 22 meeting is approved for certified crop adviser continuing education credits and also offers the opportunity for private pesticide applicators to receive continuing education credits.