Presentations and Schedule

Tuesday February 6, 2018

  • Shaken Not Stirred: Will 2018 Be Bearish?

    Martin tends to be more of an optimist and looks at the glass half full rather than half empty. The year of 2018 looks to be full of possibilities and potential. (CEU CM1)

    Iowa Weather

    That old saying, “if you don’t like the weather in Iowa, stick around, it will change,” could have been written by Elwynn Taylor. The Extension State Climatologist at Iowa State University has been observing, recording, and researching Iowa weather since 1979. He will offer a glimpse into what the future of weather has in store for Iowans. (CEU CM1)

Wednesday February 7, 2018

  • Drip Irrigation in Iowa

    This session will cover one farmer’s real-world experience in southwest Iowa with drip irrigation in row crops, including yield benefits, costs and practical considerations.

    Palmer Amaranth Risk in Iowa

    Simpson College sustainability students developed a risk model of palmer amaranth infestation for Iowa. The students and professors will share their methods and outcomes that help farmers see the risks of this invasive weed.

    Conservation Infrastructure

    The Conservation Infrastructure (CI) initiative is designed to increase private sector investment to more cost-effectively implement the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. The trio will provide highlights from the CI action plan and discuss next steps for implementation.

    Weed Management Strategies for Soybeans

    Bradley will lead a discussion on the fundamentals of a sound weed management program that you can use, regardless of the seed traits you plant.

    Digital Technologies Within U.S. Crop Production

    Digital tools for agriculture are rapidly evolving. Fulton will give an overview of the development of digital agriculture using a recent soybean producer survey.

    • When: 9:20 AM – 10:20 AM
    • Where: Rooms 309-310
    • Who: John Fulton,

    Soybean Trial Results

    This session will highlight the replicated strip trial results for various products on soybeans.

    Vegetation Indices’ Relationship to Crop Yield

    The presenters will review a three-year study on vegetation indices with yields of corn and soybean. A remote sensing mechanism identifying field areas that may limit yield was created as part of the study.

    Understanding Basic Soil Health

    Soil health impacts virtually all natural resource processes. Learn what kind of management it will take to improve infiltration, nutrient cycling, weed control and other aspects of agriculture.

    Nitrogen Management Results

    How did nitrogen fertilizer fare on the replicated strip trials across Iowa? Commercial nitrogen modeling tools, active crop sensors and other notable trials will be discussed.

    Field Scale Water Monitoring Results

    The EPS team collected and analyzed tile water samples from hundreds of Iowa fields. The team will share water quality results from different cropping and management systems. This presentation is a must-see if you’ve participated in water monitoring.

    Digital Prescription Agriculture

    Paul will analyze new precision agriculture tools for farmers including DuPont Pioneer Encirca®, Trimble’s Soil Information System (SIS), Veris® iScan and John Deere’s 4640 Universal Display.

    • When: 10:45 AM – 11:40 AM
    • Where: Rooms 309-310
    • Who: Nathan Paul,

    Fungicide and Insecticide on Soybeans

    Disease and insects can be major yield robbing pests for soybean. The agronomic and economic effects of fungicide and insecticide on soybeans will be reviewed.

    Improving the Performance of Rye Cover Crop Systems

    Many factors affect yields and nitrate losses in a soybean-corn-cover crop system. Using measurements from nine farms, we can predict how nitrogen application timing, rates, and cover crop management will impact this system.

    Drainage Water Recycling

    Part I: Recycling of subsurface drainage water can reduce nutrient loss from fields. Larger water storage reservoirs have more benefits, but how large is needed? A new online tool can help to choose the proper storage size.

    Potential Impact of Drainage Water Recycling

    Part II: This session shows the benefits to the potential water supply, irrigation demand and crop yield when storing subsurface drainage water.

    • When: 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM
    • Where: Rooms 316-317
    • Who: Chris Hay,

    Strip-Tillage Management

    This long-time strip-tiller will discuss his experiences getting started, his successes and struggles and what role tillage has in the future of agriculture.

    In-Field Profitability Assessment

    The recent low commodity prices highlight how soils and weather impact yield and profitability. How can farmers leverage their data when they can only adjust some factors that drive profitability?

    Lunch with featured speakers

    Live Market Reports and News with Mark Dorenkamp, Brownfield Ag News
    Update on ISU CALS with Dr. Joe Colletti, Interim Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Iowa State University
    A New Era Begins with Dr. Wendy Wintersteen, Iowa State University President

    SCN - Past, Present and Future

    Tylka will review the current situation of the soybean cyst nematode (SCN) using research data from throughout Iowa.

    Corn Research Trials

    The results of corn research trials testing yield enhancers and in-furrow mycorrhizal fungi complex are shared. Also, learn the impacts of corn rootworm beetles and parasitic corn nematodes across Iowa.

    21st Century Policy and Partnership

    Natural resource enhancement on private lands and aggregate environmental impacts off the farm bring together public and private interests. A panel of experts will debate state and federal natural resource policy ideas for the 21st Century.

    Cover Crops: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Killpack will share his experience with adding cover crops to his crop rotation, including yield benefits, costs and practical considerations.

    A New Low-Cost Tool for Nitrogen Evaluation

    It often requires long-term sampling and expensive equipment to determine the nitrate reducing effects from a conservation practice. Gunther will demonstrate the 360 SOILSCAN that generates basic, low-cost nitrogen evaluations for farmers and service providers.

    An Ancient Fertilizer in a Precision Age

    That ancient fertilizer: manure. How can farmers get the most value from manure while dealing with compaction, timing, and logistic constraints? Data will be shared on swine manure with cover crops and application timing.

    Soybean Production: What Works and What Doesn't

    Let’s look at real case studies where Iowa farmers achieved high soybean yields and the practical management practices that contributed to these profitable yields.

    Mapping Corn Nitrogen Using Aerial Imagery

    See results of a two-year study using digital aerial imagery to map in-field corn nitrogen status areas in the Middle Cedar River watershed, based on a stalk nitrate survey from hundreds of corn fields.

    What Happens When Your Crop Field STRIPS

    Learn about the research and application of prairie strips, a new practice that can improve soil and water quality as well as wildlife conservation including pollinator habitat.

    New Technology for the Planter

    The planter of tomorrow may actually be here today. We'll discuss new technology that gives growers the opportunity to sense and apply seed and nutrients like never before.

    The Nutrient Reduction Exchange

    What is the Nutrient Reduction Exchange? Kiel will illustrate this pathway to increased partnerships between cities and farmers that can improve water quality upstream and downstream.

    • When: 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM
    • Where: Room 320
    • Who: Adam Kiel,

    Why NOW is the Best Time Ever to be in Agriculture

    More markets are available today for agricultural products, locally and globally, then ever in 6000 years of recorded history! Today’s agriculture is about food, human health, ecotourism and new markets that didn’t exist just a decade ago. The opportunities are literally boundless.

    Drip Irrigation in Iowa

    This is a repeat session. This session will cover one farmer’s real-world experience in southwest Iowa with drip irrigation in row crops, including yield benefits, costs and practical considerations.

    Palmer Amaranth Risk in Iowa

    This is a repeat session. Simpson College sustainability students developed a risk model of palmer amaranth infestation for Iowa. The students and professors will share their methods and outcomes that help farmers see the risks of this invasive weed.

    Conservation Infrastructure

    This is a repeat session. The Conservation Infrastructure (CI) initiative is designed to increase private sector investment to more cost-effectively implement the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy. The trio will provide highlights from the CI action plan and discuss next steps for implementation.