Early planting is a must to increase soybean yields. However, it is important to manage early-season weeds, insects, and diseases if producers want to see the advantages of early planting.
The Agribusiness Education Program is offering an Early-season Soybean Management Clinic on June 21, 2007, at the Field Extension Education Laboratory (FEEL). During the clinic attendees will attend workshops on soybean physiology and talk about the reasons to plant early but also the importance of early-season management of weeds, insects, and diseases. This workshop features hands-on interaction and extensive field demonstrations showing date of planting and depth of planting effects, tillage systems, weed control, seed treatments, inoculants, and soybean cyst nematode management strategies.
Program topics include:
- Above-ground growth--growth and development, biomass accumulation, measurements
- Below-ground growth--roots, nodules, mycorrhizae
- Seedling diseases
- Weed management--PRE and POST emergence strategies
- Insect management--soybean aphids, bean leaf beetles, seed treatments
- Soybean cyst nematode--extraction, management, sources of resistance
Instructors for the clinic are:
Palle Pedersen, extension soybean specialist
Mike Owen, extension weed specialist
Alison Robertson, extension plant pathologist
Matt O'Neal, assistant professor, entomology
Greg Tylka, extension nematologist
Jason De Bruin, assistant scientist
Adriana Murillo-William, research assistant
The clinic will be held June 21 with registration at 8:30 a.m. Workshops run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The clinic will be conducted at the Field Extension Education Laboratory, approximately 5 miles west of Ames; 3.0 crop management and 3.5 pest management Certified Crop Adviser credits have been approved. The registration fee is $145 and includes lunch, breaks, and class materials. Registration can be completed online at www.aep.iastate.edu. Print registration forms and additional class information also are available at that site. Preregistration is required and registrations will not be accepted the day of the clinic. This class is limited to the first 50 paid registrations.
For questions or additional information, please contact the Agribusiness Education Program at (515) 432-9548 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brent Pringnitz is coordinator of the Agribusiness Education Program.
This article originally appeared on page 162 of the IC-498(12) -- May 29, 2007 issue.