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Field School for Ag Professionals

University of Minnesota
Plant Growth Facilities and Greenhouse Classroom
1522 Gortner Ave. St. Paul Campus

July 27 and 28, 2017 - St. Paul, MN


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Description

"Great, practical instruction."
– Field school participant

A hands-on, in-field program emphasizing crop and pest management diagnostic skill building in field crops.

The first day's program, held on July 27 starting at 9:00 a.m., will consist of herbicide mode of action and crop injury symptoms, corn and soybean growth and agronomics, identification of insects and the injury they cause in field crops, and measuring soil properties.

The second day's program, held on July 28 starting at 8:00 a.m., will consist of multiple concurrent one–hour sessions, allowing participants to obtain one Certified Crop Advisor CEU per session. Students can self–select from a menu of session topics ranging across all four major agronomy disciplines which are designed to be timely, cutting–edge topics for today's Ag Professionals.

This program is targeted toward agronomists, crop production retailers, seed dealers, consultants, crop protection industry representatives, Extension educators, government agency personnel, and summer field scouts. Participants will have the opportunity to enhance their troubleshooting and crop management skills in specially designed plots that display actual cropping situations.

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Field School Curriculum for Core Principles: "Building a Foundation"

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Six total Certified Crop Advisor Continuing Education Units (CEU) for Core Principles

Herbicide mode of action and crop injury symptoms

CEU: PM = 1.5
Instructor: Dr. Jeff Gunsolus, University of Minnesota

This in-field session will involve observing crop injury symptoms and integrating information from 10 different herbicides, representing 8 different sites of action, sprayed across 14 different crops of varying herbicide susceptibility.

Corn and soybean growth and agronomics

CEU: CM = 1.5
Instructors: Dr. Jeff Coulter and Dr. Seth Naeve, University of Minnesota

Improve your understanding of corn and soybean growth and development. Learn how this affects the response of these crops to stresses and agronomic management. Participants will:

Identification of insects and the injury they cause in field crops

CEU: PM = 1.5
Instructors: Dr. Robert Koch and Dr. Ken Ostlie, University of Minnesota

Improve your ability to identify pest and beneficial insects in Minnesota field crops. Participants will examine samples of insects and insect-injured plants collected from the field. Identification guides, hand lenses, and microscopes will be used to sort samples into insect orders. Reference materials will be used to identify important pest and beneficial insects, and to determine which insects caused plant injury. Participants will:

Measuring soil physical properties: What do they tell you?

CEU: NM = 1.5
Instructors: Dr. Dan Kaiser and Dr. Paulo Pagliari, University of Minnesota

The goal of this session is to use the hands on exercises so that the participants gain an understanding on how certain soil physical measurements are completed. The take home from this session will be an understanding of how these measurements fit in with soil testing for nutrients for the goal of making fertilizer recommendations so that when they work with clients or on their own fields the participants will know that data is important for fertilizer management decisions. Participants will:

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Field School Curriculum for Current Research Sessions: "Building on a Foundation"

Friday, July 28, 2017

The second day's program will consist of multiple concurrent one–hour sessions, allowing participants to obtain one Certified Crop Advisor CEU per session.

Understanding ins and outs of key soybean and corn diseases

CEU: PM = 1
Instructor: Dr. Dean Malvick, University of Minnesota

This session will build on the foundation that participants have in scouting for key diseases, answering questions, and managing some key soybean and corn diseases in the field. Using a combination of field plots, fresh plant specimens, and photographs, participants will have the opportunity to look closely at samples and practice diagnosis and how to respond and address disease situations in the short and long-term. Participants will have the opportunity to gain crop disease knowledge so they will:

Principles of weed seedling and mature weed identification

CEU: PM = 1
Instructors: Dr. Beverly Durgan and Lisa Behnken, University of Minnesota

Stand establishment, hail damage, and replant decisions for corn

CEU: CM = 1
Instructor: Dr. Jeff Coulter, University of Minnesota

Successful corn stand establishment is critical for corn producers who desire the economic benefits of high-yield corn production. The management decisions of when to plant and replant is based on many interactions of field and weather conditions. This session will build on the corn growth and development concepts presented on Day 1 of the field school so participants can better implement the diagnosis of corn stand establishment challenges that growers encounter. In this session:

Alfalfa growth and development as it relates to forage quality and yield

CEU: CM = 1
Instructor: Dr. Scott Wells and Dr. Roger Becker, University of Minnesota

The goal of this session is to improve your understanding of successful establishment methods as they relate to subsequent alfalfa growth and development. Participants will learn how this affects the response of alfalfa to stresses and agronomic management. Participants will:

European corn borer: Refresher on managing this long-suppressed pest

CEU: PM = 1
Instructors: Dr. Ken Ostlie and Bruce Potter, University of Minnesota

European corn borer (ECB) used to be a primary pest of corn, until Bt-corn borer (Bt-Lep) traits were introduced in 1996. Populations dropped rapidly to the point ECB outbreaks are a distant memory for seasoned Ag professionals or an unheard-of problem for relatively new ag professionals. Increased use of non-Bt or conventional hybrids in the face of reduced crop budgets may enhance buildup of ECB populations and the risk of economic infestations.

At this session, participants will:

Pollinators in the agricultural landscape: Understanding their role and how to reduce threats to their health and populations

CEU: PM = 1
Instructor: Dr. Robert Koch and Dr. Elaine Evans, University of Minnesota

Ag professionals are being asked by growers, governmental agencies and the public to develop a better understanding of the diversity and role of pollinators, and to learn the action steps to improve habitat to support pollinator health and diversity. Participants will be able to apply this knowledge to help growers make better decisions about how to improve pollinator habitat in agricultural areas and reduce risks associated with pesticide use. Participants in this session will:

Cover crops, oilseeds, and pollinators: Making cover crops work for you

CEU: CM = 1
Instructor: Dr. Scott Wells, University of Minnesota and Dr. Frank Forcella, USDA

Although cover crop usage is low in MN, knowing which cover crops best fit their farmers' objectives and cropping systems offers the agriculture professional added value to their customer’s cropping plans. To choose the most appropriate cover crop, ag professionals need to consider cropping/tillage systems, geographic location, planting window considerations, seeding dates and common crop rotations among other factors listed below which participants will learn at this session:

Small grain growth and development

CEU: CM = 1
Instructor: Dr. Jochum Wiersma, University of Minnesota

Participants in this session will develop an understanding about the growth and development of wheat, barley, and oats and how to determine the proper growth stage using one of the growth stage scales that are commonly used.

Crop diagnostics for soybean, corn and small grain

CEU: CM = 1
Instructors: Dave Nicolai, Ryan Miller, Dr. Seth Naeve and Dr. Jochum Wiersma, University of Minnesota

This Workshop gives you the opportunity to fine tune your crop diagnostic skills. Through digging up plants, asking questions and consulting references participants divided into small groups will make a diagnosis of the problem being observed and a recommendation for correction.

Enlist and XTEND soybean response to various herbicides

CEU: PM = 1
Instructor: Dr. Jeff Gunsolus, University of Minnesota

The goal of this session is that participants will gain a broader understanding of Enlist and Xtend soybean technology, while considering the consequences of misapplication of herbicides on the Enlist and Xtend soybeans. A good understanding of the herbicide specificity associated with the Enlist and Xtend soybean technology will greatly assist in preventing as well as diagnosing herbicide-induced crop injury complaints and will provide a better understanding of how to diversify a weed management program in response to herbicide resistant weed concerns.

Diagnosis of problems associated with foliar application of nutrients in corn and soybean

CEU: NM = 1
Instructor: Dr. Dan Kaiser, University of Minnesota

The objective of this presentation is to demonstrate the impacts of application of fertilizer sources can have on crop nutrients and to address specific questions related to foliar application of materials impacts on crop grown and development. The goal of this session is that participants will have a better understanding of foliar injury symptoms related to foliar nutrient application which can be used in future troubleshooting in the field with farmers.

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Past participant comments

Corn agronomics was excellent. St. Paul, 2016

Herbicide mode of action course was very helpful. It was nice to see the specimens up close to get a better feel for how they all work. St. Paul, 2016

Loved the insect session and where we can see first-hand what's going on in MN and this time. St. Paul, 2016

I learned a lot at the session on corn nutrient needs. St. Paul, 2016

As a young person in this industry, interacting with the other participants was priceless! St. Paul, 2015

Love all the hands-on sessions! St. Paul, 2015

Disability accommodations

For Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations, please call 612-626-1333.

Contact

David Nicolai, Institute for Ag Professionals program coordinator, nico0071@umn.edu or 612-625-2778 or Larisa Jenrich, Institute for Ag Professionals program assistant, jenri001@umn.edu or 651-480-7732.

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