University of Minn. 2014 Field School for Ag Professionals July 30-31

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The 2014 Field School for Ag Professionals which will be held on July 30 – 31 at the University of Minnesota Agriculture Experiment Station, St. Paul Campus, University of Minnesota. The St. Paul Campus (located in Falcon Heights, MN next to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds at Larpenteur and Gortner Ave). The two-day program focuses on core principles in agronomy, entomology, weed and soil sciences on the first day to build a foundation for early career participants and builds on this foundation with timely, cutting-edge topics on the second day.

The 2014 Field School for Ag Professionals will be held on July 30 – 31 at the University of Minnesota Agriculture Experiment Station, St. Paul Campus, University of Minnesota. The St. Paul Campus (located in Falcon Heights, Minn., next to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds at Larpenteur and Gortner Ave) is this year’s site for the Field School for Ag Professional which is the summer training opportunity that combines hand-on training and real-world field scenarios that no winter program can offer. The two-day program focuses on core principles in agronomy, entomology, weed and soil sciences on the first day to build a foundation for participants and builds on this foundation with timely, cutting-edge topics on the second day

The first day’s sessions that “Build a Foundation” are:

• Herbicide mode of action and crop injury symptoms

• Corn and soybean response to various types of insect injury

• Crop nutrient deficiency identification

• Corn, soybean and wheat growth, development, and agronomics

You will attend each of these 1.5 hour hands-on sessions. Certified Crop Advisor CEUs in the areas of Pest Management, Nutrient Management and Crop Management will be available. The second day program that “Builds on a Foundation” consists of multiple concurrent one-hour sessions, allowing you to obtain one Certified Crop Advisor CEU per session in the areas of Crop Management and Pest Management. You can self-select up to six different sessions from a menu of ten session topics the second day program topics include:

• Elementary diagnosis of soybean and corn diseases

• Principles of weed seedling identification

• Evaluating environmental damage to corn and replanting decisions

• Crop diagnostics for alfalfa and wheat

• Scouting and thresholds for soybean insects

• Soybean aphid management

• Managing soybeans and selecting genetics for higher yield gains

• Scouting diseases in small grains

• Crop diagnostics for corn and soybean

• Pre-emergence herbicide strategies in soybean

At the Field School you’ll find a hands-on, in-field program with a focus on crop and pest management diagnostic skill building in field crops. The program is geared to agronomists, crop production retailers, seed dealers, consultants, Extension educators, agriculture government agency personnel, farm managers and summer field scouts.

The Field School offers an opportunity to enhance troubleshooting and crop management skills in specially-designed plots that display actual cropping situations. A key feature of the Field School is the small learning groups to enhance the learning experience. Each subject is led by experienced instructors offering personalized instruction and small group activities and enrollment is, therefore, limited to 120. You may choose to attend either day or both days of the field school. Detailed session descriptions and online registration can be found on the Institute for Ag Professionals website.

Questions about the 2014 Field School can be directed to David Nicolai, IAP Program Coordinator, via e-mail: nico0071@umn.edu or by calling 612-625-2778 or Larisa Jenrich, Institute for Ag Professionals program assistant, jenri001@umn.edu or 651-480-7732.