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ACHIEVING A MORE PROFITABLE OPERATION: 2014 Crop Fair Offers Management Information

JOHNSTON, Iowa - December 26, 2014 - This winter's crop fair has a program designed to help local growers deal with the volatility in modern agriculture, according to organizers with the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) and Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB). The program will be held January 16, 2014 at Honey Creek Resort, 12633 Resort Drive, Moravia, Iowa. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the program running from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and a complimentary lunch served at 12:00 p.m.

Featured presentations include: "Herbicide resistance in Iowa: take action" by Mike Owen, University professor and extension weed specialist; "What's new in the updated Iowa P, K, and lime recommendations?" by Antonio Mallarino, professor & extension soil fertility and nutrient management specialist; "Research update: corn and soybean yield response to micronutrients " by Antonio Mallarino, professor & extension soil fertility and nutrient management specialist; "Make every seed count: seedling disease and seed treatments " by Alison Robertson, extension crop plant pathologist; "Managing cover crops as a cover crop and as a forage crop" by Mark Carlton, extension field agronomist; "Crop weather outlook" by Elwynn Taylor, extension climatologist; and concurrent sessions following lunch.

"With today's market volatility and weather challenges, it is important to have up-to-date information," says Kevin Buckallew, ICGA/ICPB District Field Representative. "The crop fair program should give local growers access to information that can really help their bottom line."
Sponsors of the crop fair include: Iowa Soybean Association, ISU Extension, Iowa corn Growers Association and Iowa Corn Promotion Board.

For details or to RSVP, visit your local extension office or

The ICGA and ICPB work with local sponsors each winter to provide crop fairs across the state. The programs are intended to give producers free and direct access to timely information on issues facing Iowa agriculture. A complete list of 2014 crop fairs is available on the Iowa Corn website at

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The ICPB directs the investment of Iowa corn checkoff funds to develop and defend markets, fund research, and provide education about corn and corn products. The ICGA is a membership organization, lobbying on agricultural issues on behalf of its over 7,600 farmer members.

Kevin Buckallew
District Field Manager
Iowa Corn Growers Association




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