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University of Minnesota Field School for Ag Professionals will be held July 27 & 28 at Waseca

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By Dave Nicolai                   

 A  reminder that the 2011 Field School for Ag Professionals will be held on July 27 - 28 which is a Wednesday and a Thursday, at the University of Minnesota's Southern Research and Outreach Center, Waseca. Participants may choose to attend either day or both days of the field school.  Advance registrations made before Wednesday, July 20th are eligible for a discount; $150 per day or $270 for both days before July 20th,  after July 20th the registration tuition will be $300 for both days. Registration for the Field School is available on-line at A total of 12 Certified Crop Advisor Continuing Education Units will be offered for the two days of the Field School.   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.  Detailed session descriptions are available for the Wednesday and Thursday sessions on the 2011 Field School webpage.   

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.   


Questions about the 2011 Field School can be directed to David Nicolai, IAP Program Coordinator, via e-mail: or by calling 612-625-2778.

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