Seed, chemical and fertilizer dealers, agronomists, crop consultants and farm managers have the opportunity to hear the latest information on weed management for 2018, pest resistance and micronutrients in soil at the 2017 Ag Chemical Dealer Update meeting in Ames on Dec. 13. Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists will provide the most up-to-date recommendations and address future crop production challenges.


“This meeting is intended to keep ag retailers informed on new research or products pertaining to diseases, insects, weeds, or crop nutrition,” said Mark Johnson, field agronomist with ISU Extension and Outreach.


The Ames Ag Chemical Dealer Update qualifies for Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) continuing education credits, and provides recertification for calendar year 2017 for Commercial Pesticide Applicators in categories 1A, 1B, 1C, and 10.


“This event is an opportunity for ag retailers and farmers, who may be unable to attend the Integrated Crop Management Conference, to still hear new, research-based information and complete their commercial pesticide applicator recertification,” said Angie Rieck-Hinz, field agronomist with ISU Extension and Outreach.


Some of the topics on the agenda for the Ames Ag Chemical Dealer Update are thresholds for insects, micronutrient responses and SCN management in the future.


“The focus of the weed management discussion will be on developing weed management programs that provide consistent weed control while slowing the rate that weeds adapt to the tactics,” said Bob Hartzler, Professor and extension weed specialist. “In addition, we’ll be discussing off-target herbicide movement, injury, and managing these products moving forward.”


Early registration is $70 if received by midnight, Dec. 6, for the Ames location. Late or on-site registration is $85. If you’re unable to attend the Ames Ag Chemical Dealer Update, a prior meeting will take place in Iowa City on Nov. 21. Visit www.aep.iastate.edu/acu for more program details and to register online.


The Ames, Iowa meeting will occur at the Quality Inn & Suites Starlite Village, located at 13th St. and Dayton Ave. Check-in will begin at 9 a.m. with coffee, juice and morning refreshments. The program will start at 9:30 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. For more information about the Ames meeting, contact ISU Extension and Outreach Field Agronomists Angie Rieck-Hinz at amrieck@iastate.edu or 515-231-2830 or Mark Johnson at markjohn@iastate.edu or 515-979-9578.