By David Nicolai, Coordinator, Institute for Ag Professionals
The three-day Minnesota Crop Pest Management Short Course program starts Tuesday, December 10th with an Update for Technical Service Providers program 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Minnesota Crop Protection Retailers "Nutrients in the Environment and Agricultural Productivity Session" 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 11th from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM and continue on Thursday, December 12th from 8:00 AM - 2:20 PM.
The NRCS will provide Comprehensive Nutrient Management: An Update for Technical Service Providers (TSPs) on December 10th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. This is the annual continuing education opportunity to maintain TSP certification. The training will give a review of the CAP nutrient management process after one year and introduce you to recent changes in the NRCS nutrient planning policies. You will also be introduced to the new MN NRCS and National TSP websites. We will discuss changes to the TSP application approval process and provide an introduction to the concepts of soil health.
The Minnesota Crop Production Retailer's "Nutrients in the Environment and Agricultural Productivity Plenary Session" 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM, will include the following three topics: "Minnesota agricultures' major challenge - substantially reduce surface and ground water nutrient loading: Why? How?" presented by Dr. Cliff Snyder, I.P.N.I. Nitrogen Program Director, will highlight the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency study which estimates that 73% of the nitrogen entering Minnesota's surface water is from cropland and integrate these findings into other Mississippi River basin research while emphasizing the emerging strategies to reduce the source of the N and P across the croplands. "Minnesota agricultures' major challenge - substantially reduce surface and ground water nutrient loading" presented by Warren Formo, MN Ag Water Research Center (MAWRC) Executive Director, which will highlight the MN producers' challenge to respond to EPA numeric nutrient criteria (NNC) initiatives and the recent MPCA study, introducing the Green Star program which enables producers and their crop advisors/consultants to record and provide aggregate data to address environmental concerns. Finally, Dan Frieberg, Premier Crop Systems LLC, President, will present "Precision Ag's Role in Addressing Nutrient Efficiency and Maximizing Productivity" for which he will describe the essential elements of precision ag to address nutrient efficiency, while maximizing productivity.
The MCPR annual meeting will be held from 4:30-5:00 PM, Tuesday, December 10th on the Trade Show Floor.
The Pesticide Applicator Recertification: Category H -- Seed Treatment Session, 2 PM - 3:30 PM on Tuesday, Dec 10th: 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 10th afternoon session and also the Category A: Core and Category C: Field Crop Pest Management pesticide recertification morning and afternoon sessions on December 11th from 8:00 am to 2:45 pm.
Pesticide Applicator Recertification (December 10th, 2 PM -3:30 PM and December 11th, 8 AM - 5 PM)
These MDA-approved sessions are for applicators that need recertification credit in Categories A (Core), C (Field Crop Pest Management), and/or H (Seed Treatment).
• Category A + C: Attend all December 11th recertification sessions.
• Category A + H: Attend December 10th from 2:30 pm to 4 pm and December 11th recertification sessions from 8 am to 2:45 pm.
• Category A + C + H: Attend all Tuesday and Wednesday recertification sessions.
The CPM Short Course's General Session will start at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, December 11th with this year's theme "Back to Reality". The record yields and commodity prices we have enjoyed in recent years may have come - at least temporarily - to an end. And so we find ourselves back at the age old reality of slim(mer) margins and a need to make wise decisions about inputs. In this year's General Session, three speakers will provide an outlook for ag professionals that encompasses commodity and crop production cost estimates for 2014 from Dr. Michael Swanson, Senior Economist with Wells Fargo Bank; future crop weather trends from Dr. Harold Brooks Senior Scientist, Forecast Research and Development Division, National Severe Storms Laboratory; and best management practices to maintain new crop protection technologies from Dr. Michael Gray, Professor of Agricultural Entomology at the University of Illinois.
The concurrent sessions at the CPM Short Course will begin on Wednesday December 11th starting at 1:00 pm and continue on Thursday, December 12th starting at 8:00 AM, with a wealth of pest, crop and fertilizer management topics including: new soybean cyst nematode management alternatives, an update on the status and continued use of neonicotinoid seed treatments, corn rootworm resistance overview in Minnesota, interactions between soybean aphids and soybean cyst nematodes, can yield maps really predict future yields, and managing weed seed banks for the long term. Nitrogen extenders, starter fertilizer research and results of extensive foliar fertilizer trials will be highlighted as well. These sessions and more will build upon the idea that we have control of our destiny and the long-term success of our industry. 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 2013 CPM Short Course and MCPR Trade Show are as follows:
Registrants of the Technical Service Provider Training, Applicator Recertification Training, or the Applicator Recertification Training w/Category H can attend the balance of the show at no further cost:
Early Registration (on or before 11/19/13)
$135 General Admission & CPM Short Course
$145 Technical Service Provider Training
$145 Applicator Recertification Training
$185 Applicator Recertification Training (w/Category H)
Late Registration (after 11/19/13)
$185 General Admission & CPM Short Course
$195 Technical Service Provider Training
$195 Applicator Recertification Training
$235 Applicator Recertification Training (w/Category H)
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 the Minnesota Department of Agriculture at 651-201-6615 with recertification or license questions. For all other questions pertaining to the 2013 CPM Short Course and MCPR Trade Show contact the Minnesota Crop Production Retailers office (952-253-6244).