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Crop Pest Management Short Course and MCPR Trade Show Early Registration Rate has Been Extended

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By David Nicolai, IAP Coordinator

Due to the late harvest the early discounted registration rate has been extended until November 27th for the Minnesota Crop Pest Managagement Short Course and Minnesota Crop Production Retailers Trade Show set for December 8th through the 10th, 2009 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.  The 3-day program starts Tuesday, December 8th with the TSP recertification program and MCPR's plenary session and annual meeting.  On Wednesday, December 9th, the program will continue with pesticide applicator recertification for categories A (Core) and C (Field Crop Pest Management) and the Crop Pest Management Short Course.

The CPM Short Course's General Session will start with the theme "Possibilities and Probabilities".  Drs. Paula Davis and Laura Higgins, James Specht and Antonio Mallarino will present and discuss perspectives on corn insect trait development and risk management, possibilities of doubling soybean yields by 2030, and the alternatives for phosphorus soil-test interpretations and fertilizer application, respectively. The concurrent sessions on Wednesday afternoon will focus on emerging corn and soybean insect issues, corn nematodes, evaluation of new alternative nitrogen products, and improving soybean production.

The concurrent sessions at the CPM shortcourse continue on Thursday, December 10th, with a wealth of pests, crop and fertility management topics including foliar fertilizer research for corn & soybeans, corn residue management, probabilities of corn yield responses to foliar fungicide, using precision farming tools to maximize profit by developing a site specific recommendation for corn plant populations and herbicide resistant weed management. The program will end Thursday afternoon at 3:00 pm to allow for a timely return home.

All concurrent sessions will run for 50 minutes and offer 1.0 CCA CEU/topic.  The full program can be reviewed by visiting the Crop Pest Management Short Course page (  located at the Institute for Ag Professionals website.

The NRCS will provide USDA Technical Service Provider training on December 8th. The program covers using the Web Soil Survey to locate soils with high leaching and runoff potentials; Programs, Practices, Guidance and people to help manage nutrients and pesticides in Well-head Protection Areas and using the NRCS website to access information.

The pesticide applicator recertification program for categories A (General Ground) and C (Field Crop Pest Management) is planned for all day Wednesday, December 9th, and will be last offering for recertification in 2009. 

 The registration fees for the 2009 CPM Short Course and MCPR Trade Show are as follows: 

Basic Registration (on or before 11/27/2009) - $115.00
Basic Registration (after 11/27/2009) - $140.00

Pesticide Applicator Recertification (on or before 11/27/2009)- $125.00
Pesticide Applicator Recertification (after 11/27/2009) - $150.00

Basic short course registration and pesticide applicator recertification registration plus hotel reservations can be accomplished by following the directions listed at the Minnesota Crop Retailers CPM web page.

 You may also register by completing the registration form.  Fax the completed form to 952-835-4774 or mail it to the following address:

7500 Flying Cloud Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344


 If you have questions about the CPM Short Course, contact David Nicolai (612-625-2778).   Questions regarding the pesticide applicator recertification can be directed to Dean Herzfeld by calling (612) 624-3477.  For all other questions pertaining the 2009 CPM Short Course and MCPR Trade Show contact Jessi Brunelle at the Minnesota Crop Production Retailers (952-253-6244).

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