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Press release submitted by University of Illinois Extension 

Join Extension Experts for the Crop Advantage Series, January 29, iWireless Center, Moline, IL

The 2016 Crop Advantage Series provides the latest research information on crop production. The Moline Crop Advantage meeting will be held on Friday, January 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the iWireless Center, 1201 River Drive, Moline, IL. It is presented as a partnership between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and University of Illinois Extension.

This year’s focus is on the importance of risk management programs and controlling costs. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and the first session at 9 a.m. is on “Managing margins in 2016 and beyond” by Chad Hart, Extension economics.  “It's important to discuss these topics as we are going into our second year of prices averaging below Iowa State’s estimated production costs,” states Chad Hart, associate professor in economics and Extension grain markets specialist with Iowa State University. “Profits will be harder to come by and many producers will need to pay more attention to the financial side of their farm business.”

Following his presentation, attendees in Moline get select to from 5 different sessions with topics covering: Big Data and UAVs in agriculture; Cover crops; Crop weather outlook; Insect management; Managing northern corn leaf blight and soybean SDS; Profitable manure management; Creating resilient weed management programs; Soil fertility management with tight crop production margins; U2U tools: Decision tools for corn producers; Corn plant population and variable-rate seeding; Reducing nitrate loss; Spray application strategies beyond glyphosate; and Creating resilient weed management programs; and an Iowa Private Pesticide Applicator Continuing Introduction Course.  Session are led by experts from Iowa State and University of Illinois Extension include economists; field agronomists; climatologists; entomologists; crop plant pathologists; and specialists in weed management, crop production, soil fertility, and more.  This year’s program hosts are Angie Peltier, University of Illinois Extension Commercial Agriculture Educator, and from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, field agronomists, Virgil Schmitt, Meaghan Anderson, and Rebecca Vittetoe.

Certified Crop Advisers can earn up to 6 hours of CEU credit. Recertification credit is also offered to Iowa private pesticide applicators who attend the whole meeting. The cost to attend the series is $50 before January 22 or $60 after.  You can register online through University of Illinois Extension at web.extension.illinois.edu/hmrs or  www.cropadvantage.org.  For assistance with registration, receipts, billing, cancellation or questions on the status of your registration call (515) 294-6429 or e-mail anr@iastate.edu  This all day program is sponsored by University of Illinois Extension, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, North Central SARE and the Iowa Soybean Association.

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