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2012 University of Minnesota Field School for Ag Professionals Registration is Now Open

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By Dave Nicolai, IAP Program Coordinator

The 2012 Field School for Ag Professionals will be held on July 25 - 26 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) 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 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

·         Soil Physical and Chemical Properties and their Effects on Nutrient Management

·         Soybean Aphid Management: Soybean resistance, Seed Treatments, and Natural Enemies

·         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, 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 nine session topics the second day program topics include:

·         Basic and Advanced Crop Disease Diagnosis

·         What's in your Soil Test Report: What's Needed to Make Nutrient Management Decisions?

·         Agronomic Maximization of Soybean Yield and Quality

·         Corn Rootworm Resistance Update

·         Effect of Weed Removal Timing on Nitrogen Management for Corn

·         Rust Diseases in Wheat

·         Past, Present and Future Yield Improvement in Corn

·         Principles of Weed Seedling Identification

·         Bacterial Leaf Streak of Wheat: Symptoms, Spread and Management                                            


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 2012 Field School can be directed to David Nicolai, IAP Program Coordinator, via e-mail: or by calling 612-625-2778.



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