By David Nicolai, Coordinator, Institute for Ag Professionals
The three-day Minnesota Crop Pest Management Short Course program starts Tuesday, December 11th with an Update for Technical Service Providers program 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Minnesota Crop Protection Retailers "Management & Ag Professional Agronomy Focus Sessions" 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM, Pesticide Applicator Recertification: Category H -- Seed Treatment Session 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM. The Crop Pest Management Short Course Educational Sessions will begin on Wednesday, December 12th from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM and continue on Thursday, December 13th from 8:00 AM - 2:20 PM.
The NRCS will provide Comprehensive Nutrient Management: An Update for Technical Service Providers (TSPs) on December 11th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. An overview of the required components and protocol for the development of CAP nutrient management plans, pest management plans and comprehensive nutrient management plans (CNMPs) will be reviewed. (Registration fees for those selecting to attend the optional TSP training are slightly higher)
The Minnesota Crop Production Retailer's "Management & Ag Professional Agronomy Focus Sessions" 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM, The plenary session will include the following topics: "The Proposed Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification - What Should We Expect? How Should Ag dealers and Crop Advisors/Consultants respond? What will producers do?" which features a panel made up of several of the Certification Advisory Committee members and Minnesota Department of Assistant Agriculture Commissioner Matt Wohlman to examine the features and benefits and concerns and expected outcomes related to Minnesota's water quality and agricultures' response to the opportunities and challenges implicit in this program.
Additional Tuesday afternoon MCPR plenary sessions topic include; "Are Nutrients being Mined from Minnesota Agricultural land?" by Dr. Paul Fixen, International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI). and "Enhance Environmental Protection, Increase Production Efficiency, Increase Farm Profitability and Improve Sustainability at the Field Level-4R Nutrient Stewardship" by Lara Moody, Director of Stewardship Programs at The Fertilizer Institute. Please refer to the MCPR website for more information about the Tuesday afternoon plenary session.
The MCPR annual meeting will be held from 4:30-5:00 PM on the Trade Show Floor.
The Pesticide Applicator Recertification: Category H -- Seed Treatment Session, 2 PM - 3:30 PM on Tuesday, Dec 11: This MDA approved session is for applicators who need recertification credit in Category H. To receive Category H: Seed Treatment recertification must attend this December 11th afternoon session and also the Category A: Core and Category C: Field Crop Pest Management pesticide recertification morning and afternoon sessions on December 12th.
On Wednesday, December 12th, the program will continue with pesticide applicator recertification which will start at 8:00 AM for categories A (Core) and C (Field Crop Pest Management) and the Crop Pest Management Short Course. For applicators who need certification in Category A + H or Categories A + H + C, attend the 1 to 2:45 PM Tuesday afternoon sessions as well as this workshop.
The CPM Short Course's General Session will start at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, December 12th with this year's theme "Taking the Long View". Drs. Frank Coale & Ed Bynum and Mr. Russ Stocker will present and discuss how in other parts of the country, regulatory intervention has changed how agri-business can operate. These three speakers will address the role and responsibilities of agribusiness to avoid regulatory intervention while making long term gains in the industry. Discussions will include the how nutrient management regulations have changed farming in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, how overuse of insecticides has created control problems of spider mites in dry land corn and the regulatory complexity in California where "pesticide application by prescription only" is now common. The concurrent sessions on Wednesday afternoon will focus on emerging corn and soybean insect & disease issues, strategies for increasing soybean yield, insect resistance, potassium management in corn-soybean rotations, strategies for reducing drift of new & current crop protection products and management options for the increased number of soybean phytopthora root & stem rot races now being detected in Minnesota.
The concurrent sessions at the CPM short course on Thursday, December 13th starting at 8:00 AM begin with a wealth of pest, crop and fertilizer management topics including: using precision ag technologies for on the farm research, optimizing corn populations, the economics of proactive versus reactive herbicide resistance management strategies, corn nitrogen guideline updates and the drought & climate outlook for 2013 Minnesota field crops. Also included are results of Minnesota high corn population research results and recommendations for the use of nitrogen extender products. Three of the sessions will be dedicated to Soil& Water topics which will include: a new watershed nitrogen reduction planning tool, tillage/residue strategies for corn & soybeans and successful strategies to reduce nutrient watershed concentrations in the Mississippi watershed districts in Illinois.
All concurrent sessions will run for 50 minutes and offer 1.0 CCA CEU/topic. The full program can be reviewed by visiting the Institute of Ag Professionals Crop Pest Management Short Course page. Certified crop advisors will be able to collect a total of 15 CCA continuing education credits over the course of the 3-day program.
The registration fees for the 2012 CPM Short course and MCPR Trade Show are as follows:
• Basic Registration (on or before 11/20/12) - $130.00
• Basic Registration (after 11/20/12) - $180.00
• Technical Service Provider Training (on or before 11/20/12) - $140.00
• Technical Service Provider Training (after 11/20/12) - $190.00
• Pesticide Applicator Recertification (on or before 11/20/12) - $140.00
• Pesticide Applicator Recertification (after 11/20/12) - $190.00
• Pesticide Applicator Recertification (w/Category H)(on or before 11/20/12) - $180.00
• Pesticide Applicator Recertification (w/Category H)(after 11/20/12) - $230.00
7500 Flying Cloud Drive #900
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
General short course registration, technical service provider training 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.
If you have questions about the CPM Short Course Educational Sessions, 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 to the 2011 CPM Short Course and MCPR Trade Show contact Jessi Brunelle at the Minnesota Crop Production Retailers (952-253-6244).