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July 29 and 30, 2015 - St. Paul, MN

Field School for Ag Professionals

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


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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 29 starting at 9:00 a.m. will consist of Herbicide Mode of Action and Crop Injury Symptoms; Corn and Soybean Growth and Agronomics; Insect Identification for Crop Pest Management; and Assessing Soil Structure and Variability.

The second day's program held on July 30 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 different sessions from a menu of session topics, ranging across all of the 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 sellers, consultants, Extension educators, agriculture government agency personnel, farm managers 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 29, 2015

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 Tom Hoverstad, University of Minnesota

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:

Friend or Foe: Insect Identification for Crop Pest Management

CEU: PM = 1.5
Instructors: Dr. Robert Koch, Dr. Ken Ostlie, Anthony Hanson, Anh Tran, Trisha Leaf and Edwin Benkert, University of Minnesota

Improve your ability to identify pest and beneficial insects in Minnesota field crops. Successful implementation of Integrated Pest Management strategies requires agronomists to correctly identify and assess insect populations present in crop fields. Participants will:

Assessing Soil Structure and Variability

CEU: SW = 1.5
Instructors: Dr. Dan Kaiser, Dr. Fabian Fernandez, Brad Carlson, Jodi DeJong-Hughes and Ryan Miller, University of Minnesota

This two–part session will provide an overview of the variation in crop yields within fields giving participants an opportunity to look at real life situations and decide what is natural soil variation and what is caused by modern farming operations. Participants will use computer software tools that can be useful for GIS application to help assess the amount of natural variation within a field. This will include sources, such as web soil survey, to give the participants some experience with gathering and downloading data.

The second part of this session will incorporate the use of a soil pit to learn about soil structure and how it can affect crop growth and soil health.

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

Thursday, July 30

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

Recognizing and Understanding Key Soybean and Corn Diseases

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

This session will cover recognition of common and significant soybean and corn diseases in Minnesota, and will summarize key features of the diseases that will help in scouting, diagnosis, response and management. The session will include fresh plants and other demonstration materials that go beyond diagnostic guides.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

The goal of this session is to enable those who participate to improve their diagnostic abilities and to better understand the procedures, challenges and new tools for crop disease diagnosis. This session will be conducted in a classroom and teaching lab facility on St. Paul Campus.

Principles of Weed Seedling and Mature Weed Identification

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

Even in today's world of glyphosate resistant crops, it is important that Ag professionals retain the ability to correctly identify common weed seedlings and become familiar with mature weed identification keys. Two of the three sessions are designed to acquaint the learner with the skills and references needed to identify seedling broadleaf and grass weeds common to Minnesota field crop production while one advanced session will concentrate on the identification of mature weeds common to Minnesota field crops. Live plant seedlings and mature weeds will be used in this hands–on session.

Stand Establishment for High–Yield 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 decisions of when to plant, how deep to plant, speed of planting, and other decisions are ultimately determined by the grower. Establishing the desired stand is a factor of many interactions that can, to some extent, be regulated through management.

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

Improve your understanding of successful establishment methods as they relate to subsequent alfalfa growth and development. Learn how this affects the response of alfalfa to stresses and agronomic management.

Corn Rootworms: Bt–Traits, Insecticides and Performance

CEU: PM = 1
Instructors: Dr. Ken Ostlie, Trisha Leaf and Edwin Benkert, University of Minnesota

Scouting Soybean for Insect Pests and Injury

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

New Tools for Monitoring Weather and Climate Data in Field Crops, Irrigation and Integrated Pest Management Strategies

CEU: CM = 1
Instructors: Pete Boulay, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Josh Stamper, University of Minnesota

Climate is one of the greatest singular determinants of yield in agriculture crops. It has implications of insect modeling, mineralization of organic matter and irrigation scheduling. The objectives of the session is to familiarize participants with the weather and climate data resources that are available to them.

Growth and Development in Small Grains and Scouting for Foliar Diseases

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

Crop Diagnostics for Corn and Soybean

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

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Past participant comments

Both the Herbicide MoA and corn, soybean, and wheat growth staging sessions were great and very hands–on and explained things in an effective way. St. Paul, 2014

All were very good, really like the diagnostic classes. St. Paul, 2014

I really enjoyed the weed seedling identification course. St. Paul, 2013

Pre–emergence strategies. It was taught well and was very informative. St. Paul, 2013

Crop diagnostics – was a real world situation, I liked it. St. Paul, 2013

Most relevant to my career and most interactive. St. Paul, 2012

Corn future, past and present–I learned a lot/loved the hands–on. St. Paul, 2011

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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