Data Takes Center Stage at 2019 Summer Workshop

Ames, IA – Certified Crop Advisers from around Iowa took advantage of an opportunity to increase their knowledge toolbox this week at the 2019 Summer Workshop – a workshop for CCAs by CCAs. This is an annual opportunity to earn CEUs in the summer and is held in cooperation under the umbrella of the Agribusiness Showcase & Conference.

Featured speaker Dr. Harold van Es, Professor of Soil and Water Management at Cornell University, provided insight on the opportunities and challenges of modeling data for real-world field applications. Dr. van Es also provided some insight into the progress of various applications to help with making data-driven decisions.

Also on the docket was an update on preliminary data from the 2017 crop year nutrient reduction strategy practice implementation assessment, presented by Shawn Richmond of the Iowa Nutrient Research and Education Council; an overview of how data is currently being used and the future uses for data assessments in crop production by Jamie Brand, AgriVision Equipment Group; hands-on presentations with equipment from Ag Leader, John Deere, and Precision Planting; insight into drones in production agriculture by Kevin Butt, Ellsworth Community College; overviews of data usage in decision making by Andrew Knaack, The Climate Corporation, and a farmer panel to end the day.

The 2019 Summer Workshop learning sessions are sponsored by the Iowa CCA Program and the program is coordinated by the Iowa CCA Education Committee. The luncheon was sponsored by The Nature Conservancy and 4R Plus.

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By |2019-08-28T14:37:40+00:00August 15th, 2019|Education, Featured, Good Advice, News|

5th Annual Crop Scouting Competition


The event was well attended and was composed of 12 teams that came from across the State of Iowa.  Several of the teams were headed up by FFA leaders, local Pioneer dealers and other individuals in the Ag industry serving as the team coach.

The competition was held at the ISU FEEL lab west of Ames.  The students were required to complete questions at 11 stations scattered across the FEEL lab.  Topics included:  weed I.D., calculating yield estimates and disease I.D. to name a few.  I was fortunate enough to lead one of the 11 stations at the event.  I was able to spend 15 minutes with each group and talk with them about the importance of agriculture, what is the CCA program and how the CCA can potentially help them in their future ag careers.

The group consisted of mostly high school sophomores and older.  It was a great opportunity  for the students to start thinking about their future careers in Ag Business will be very rewarding to the CCA program in the long run.

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Photos Courtesy of Adam Sisson, ISU

By |2015-08-07T11:18:52+00:00August 7th, 2015|News|