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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 25 and 26, 2018 - 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 will be held on July 25 with registration starting at 8:00 to 8:45 am, orientation beginning at 8:45 am and the individual session starting promptly at 9:00 a.m. The first day program 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 nitrogen recommendations for Minnesota agriculture.

The second day's program, held on July 26 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. Participants 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"

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

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

Herbicide mode of action and crop injury symptoms

CEU: PM = 1.5
Instructors: Dr. Jeff Gunsolus and Dr. Jared Goplen, 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:

Evaluating variable rate nitrogen prescription technologies

CEU: NM = 1.5
Instructors: Dr. Fabián Fernández and Brad Carlson, University of Minnesota

The goal of this nutrient management session is to provide participants with the knowledge and experience to understand how different technologies are used to make nitrogen recommendations. Participants will compare recommendations made by different technologies in order to understand why there are differences. Participants will also learn how the basic principles of the nitrogen cycle affect nitrogen recommendations.

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

Thursday, July 26, 2018

The second day's program will consist of multiple concurrent sessions (1 to 1.5 hours in length), allowing participants to obtain 1 or 1.5 Certified Crop Advisor CEUs per session. Participants can obtain up to a total of 6 CEU’s for the second day program.

Understanding and managing soybean diseases

CEU: PM = 1.5
Instructor: Dr. Dean Malvick, University of Minnesota

This session will build on the foundation that participants have for crop disease management. It will address ‘who, what, when, where, and why’ for key soybean diseases with the goal of improving understanding and management of soybean diseases. We will use a combination of classroom discussion, lab presentations, fresh plant samples, and field plots.

Principles of weed seedling and mature weed identification

CEU: PM = 1.5
Instructors: Dr. Beverly Durgan and Lisa Behnken, University of Minnesota

Corn management to mitigate impacts from environmental stressors

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

Corn production is largely influenced by weather. Injury to corn from environmental stressors including frost, hail, wind, dry conditions, and high air temperatures can reduce yield and profitability. This session will build on key corn growth and development concepts from Day 1 of the field school so participants can better diagnose impacts to corn from environmental stressors and implement agronomic management to mitigate such impacts. In this session:

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

CEU: CM = 1
Instructors: Dr. Roger Becker, Dr. Jared Goplen, and Dr. Scott Wells, 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:

Caterpillars in corn: Refresher on pests, Bt, and resistance

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

A wide variety of caterpillars attack corn. Bt lep traits were initially introduced in 1996 to control European corn borer (ECB), the primary insect pest of corn. Bt performance has been highly successful against ECB but what performance about other stand reducing or ear feeding caterpillars? while ECB outbreaks are a distant memory, range expansion, and By resistance in other corn caterpillars have complicated the management of other “secondary” Leps 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. However, other caterpillars have emerged as increasing problems: black cutworm, armyworms, fall armyworm, western nean cutworm, corn earworm as a result of range expansion, population dynamics, and Bt resistance. Increased use of non-Bt or conventional hybrids in the face of reduced crop budgets may enhance the risk of economic infestations from caterpillars.

At this session, participants will:

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.

Managing the soybean environment and insect pests to maximize yield

CEU: CM = 1.5
Instructors: Dr. Seth Naeve and Dr. Robert Koch, University of Minnesota

Crop diagnostics for soybean, corn and small grain

CEU: CM = 1.5
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.

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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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