|ANKENY, IOWA — The Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) is challenging farmers to realize “There’s more to your field than yield” at the ISA Research Conference to be held Feb. 7-8 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.Farmers, landowners and agronomists will gain valuable information on agronomic and environmental practices to help make informed decisions. Registration is open now at www.isafarmnet.com.
“Each year, ISA organizes a research conference to help farmers find new ways to improve their operations,” said ISA President Rolland Schnell of Newton. “Many farmers have seen excellent yields during the past few years, but sustaining those yields won’t be possible without a conscious look at production research, environmental practices and data usage.
“I’ve always come home with good sound research-backed information to apply in my operation,” Schnell added. “Every farmer, whether they farm 100 or 10,000 acres, will take home tangible information to help make the most of every acre.”
The conference opens Feb. 7 at 1 p.m. with a mega issues discussion. Steve Bruere, Peoples Company; Matt Darr, Iowa State University; and Kraig McPeek, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, will empower attendees to leverage the value of improved landowner-operator relationships, on-farm data and monarch and pollinator habitat developments. Tips for gaining the upper hand on weed management by reducing herbicide resistance and effectively using new chemistries also will be explored by Amy Asmus of Asmus Farm Supply.
More than 30 breakout sessions will take place on the second day of the conference highlighting topics including soil and water quality, on-farm research results, pest and weed management, crop health, cover crops, conservation drainage and technology. To better serve attendees, this year’s conference will offer shorter sessions repeated more often.
“Farmers attending this premier research conference will learn about on-farm production and conservation research that will benefit their farming operations immediately and in the future,” said Ed Anderson, ISA senior director of supply and production systems. “At ISA, everything we do is intended to increase the competitiveness of Iowa’s soybean farmers through engagement and continuous improvement of productivity, profitability and sustainability.”
Registration prior to Jan. 10 is $150 for the conference; $175 after Jan. 10. Individual day prices also are available. Certified crop advisers will be eligible to receive credit for sessions attended.
For additional event information or to register, visit www.isafarmnet.com or call 800-383-1423.