By David Nicolai, IAP Program Coordinator
The 2011 Field School for Ag Professionals will be held on July 27 - 28 at the University of Minnesota's Southern Research and Outreach Center, Waseca. The Field School for Ag Professionals 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 and builds on this foundation with timely, cutting-edge topics on the second day.
The first day's sessions are:
· Herbicide Mode of Action and Crop Injury Symptoms
· Plant Analysis and its use in Nutrient Management
· Corn Caterpillars: Bt Traits, Performance and Monitoring
· Corn and Soybean Growth, Development, and Agronomics
You will attend each of these 1.5 hour hands-on sessions. Certified Crop Advisor CEUs in the areas of Soil & Water, Pest Management, Nutrient Management and Crop Management will be available. The second day program consists of multiple concurrent one-hour sessions, allowing you to obtain one Certified Crop Advisor CEU per session. You can self-select up to six different sessions from a menu of eight session topics the second day program topics include:
· Weed Management Strategies for Hard to Control Weeds - Timing is Everything
· Scouting and Identification of Key Soybean and Corn Diseases
· Residue Management for High-Yield Corn on Corn
· Remote Sensing: Can it Successfully be Used?
· Soybean Aphids: Soybean Resistance and Natural Enemies
· Understanding Changes to Soybean Cyst Nematode Virulence
· Post-Emergence Soybean Treatments to Enhance Yield
· Principles of Weed Seedling Identification
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 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 2011 Field School can be directed to David Nicolai, IAP Program Coordinator, via e-mail: email@example.com or by calling 612-625-2778.