by Ben Nuelle
Iowa State University will offer Crop Advantage Series meetings this month and the theme is controlling costs. ISU Extension field agronomist Virgil Schmitt says there will be 14 meetings across the state.
“We start off with a keynote address everyone hears. Then we go into a series of concurrent sessions where people can pick their topic and basically make their own meeting. So they can go to one topic for an hour and then a different one after that.”
Schmitt says the goal of the meetings are to provide unbiased information.This year will emphasize the importance of risk management programs and controlling costs.
“We talk about soil fertility and making decision this year about where do I put fertilizer where don’t I given the commodity prices and so forth where they are. What about insect management? Disease management? Weed management? Marketing? Tillage? These will be the kinds of topics we will talk about in terms of making decisions to maximize the profitability of the farm in those areas given those scenarios we have right now in economics,” Schmitt says.
Find more information about the crop advantage series here