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2012 University of Minnesota CPM Short Course Proceedings Now Available & Registration Continues for Ag Professional Research Updates

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Proceedings from the 2012 University of Minnesota & Minnesota Crop Production Retailers Crop Pest Management Short Course and Trade Show held December 11-13 in Minneapolis are available to be viewed at the Institute for Ag Professionals web site. The proceedings web page includes a listing of abstracts authored by the speakers at the short course and copies of their slide presentations in a PDF format for your review.

The CPM Short Course's general session followed the theme of "Taking the Long View". Drs. Frank Coale & Ed Bynum and Mr. Russ Stocker presented and discussed how in other parts of the country, regulatory intervention has changed how agri-business can operate. These three speakers addressed the role and responsibilities of agribusiness to avoid regulatory intervention while making long term gains in the industry. Discussions included the how nutrient management regulations have changed farming in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, management options to control spider mites in dry land corn while preventing the development of insecticide resistant spider mites and the regulatory complexity in California where "pesticide application by prescription only" is now common. The concurrent sessions on Wednesday afternoon focused 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 included pest, crop and fertilizer management topics such as: 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 were results of Minnesota high corn population research results and recommendations for the use of nitrogen extender products.

2013 January Research Updates for Ag Professionals

Registration for the 2013 University of Minnesota Research Update for Ag Professionals is available on-line until January 3rd or by mail. The registration fee is $45 prior to December 31st and $50 after December 31st. The Research Updates will be held at Waseca (Jan 8), Kasson (Jan 9), Lamberton (Jan 10), Willmar (Jan 15), Morris (Jan 16) and Crookston (Jan 17). Registration will be available at the door at Noon; start time is at 12:30 pm. The program continues until 4:40 pm.


At the 2013 University of Minnesota Research Update for Ag Professionals, you will find research-based strategies to deal with today's pest, disease, variety, and nutrient recommendations. Presentations and discussions at the update will allow you to visit with experienced university researchers and offer you the opportunity to visit with colleagues to discuss topics of interest to you in your region. You will leave with research-based knowledge and field-tested solutions that will help you in the field for the year 2013. Agendas and descriptions of the research update presentations can be viewed at the Institute for Ag Professionals web site.


CEU Credits for Certified Crop Advisors

Continuing education units for Certified Crop Advisors are given for the Research Updates. CEU credits which have been applied for at each location are; 1 in Nutrient Mgt and 3 in Pest Mgt with the exception of the Crookston location which will offer 1 in Nutrient Mgt, 2 in Pest Mgt and 1 in Crop Mgt. Certified Crop Advisors are encouraged to bring their CCA identification card in order to facilitate CEU sign-up.

Who Should Attend?

Agronomists, Ag Salespeople (seeds, chemicals, fertilizers), Crop Consultants, Crop Production Specialists, Extension Educators, Agriculture Government Agency Personnel, Farm Managers, and anyone else who would benefit from some professional training.

Questions regarding the program content, or disability accommodations, can be directed to Dave Nicolai, Coordinator Institute for Ag professionals,  (612) 625-2778

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