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2009 University of Minnesota Field School for Ag Professionals set for July 15-16

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By David Nicolai


2009 U of M Field School for Ag Professionals Registration is open. Register by July 7th in order to receive a discount

Online registration is available for the 2009 Field School for Ag Professionals to be held on July 15 - 16. The University of Minnesota Northwest Research and Outreach Center in Crookston will be the host site for the Field School. Participants may choose to attend either day or both days of the field school. The first day's program on July 15 will consist of four disciplines - weed science, soil science, entomology, and a crop diagnostics session. Students will attend each of these 1.5 hour hands-on sessions. Certified Crop Advisor CEUs in the areas of Soil & Water, Pest Management, and Crop Management will be offered. Instructors will include University of Minnesota State Extension Specialists and Regional Extension Educators.

The educational emphasis for ag professionals will be on core principles for each discipline area such as:

·        How soil physical properties affect drainage and water management

·        Learn how different herbicides work and relate their mode of action to their respective crop injury symptoms

·        Diagnosing common corn, wheat and soybean establishment problems. Which final plant populations are acceptable to maintain in the event of crop damage.

·        Understanding Corn, Soybean and Wheat growth staging.

·        Entomology - insect scouting, plant defoliation estimation and soybean aphid management

The second day program held on July 16 will consist of multiple concurrent one-hour sessions, allowing participants to obtain one Certified Crop Advisor CEU per session. Students can self-select up to six different sessions from a menu of eight 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. Session descriptions and online registration can be found on the IAP website.

The Field School is offered as a hands-on, in-field program emphasizing crop and pest management diagnostic skill building in field crops. This program is targeted toward agronomists, crop production retailers, seed sellers, consultants, Extension educators, agriculture government agency personnel, farm managers, and summer scouts.

Participants will have the opportunity to enhance their 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 students are placed in with an instructor to enhance the learning experience. Each subject is led by experienced instructors offering personalized instruction and small group activities.

Questions about the 2009 Field School can be directed to David Nicolai, IAP Program Coordinator, via e-mail: or by calling 612-625-2778.


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