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UPDATED Registration Continues for the 2014 Ag Professional Research Updates & 2013 University of Minnesota CPM Short Course Proceedings Now Available

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By Dave Nicolai, Coordinator for the Institute for Ag Professionals

2014 January Research Updates for Ag Professionals

Registration for the 2014 University of Minnesota Research Update for Ag Professionals is available on-line 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 7), Kasson (Jan 8), Lamberton (Jan 9), Willmar (Jan 14), Morris (Jan 15) and Crookston (Jan 16). 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 2014 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 2014. 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, 3 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. If you desire to download the new CCA app from the American Society of Agronomy, it can be downloaded to your smartphone or mobile device. This new app quickly and easily gets the CEUs from the research updates and other meetings onto your CEU report with a built-in scanner. Review the instructions for downloading and using the app.

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



Proceedings from the 2013 University of Minnesota & Minnesota Crop Production Retailers Crop Pest Management Short Course and Trade Show held December 10-12 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 "Back to Reality". In this year's General Session, three speakers  provided 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 on
Wednesdays and Thursday  continued the strong educational program 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 were highlighted as well.    


If you attended the 2013 Crop Pest Management Short Course and did not fill out an evaluation at the short course you can still complete the CPM Short Course Evaluation Online at:


If you have already completed a paper evaluation at the show or submitted your responses online, thank you for your feedback! If you haven't completed an evaluation, you can still enter for a chance to win FREE registration for the 2014 CPM Short Course and MCPR Trade Show if you complete the online survey by December 31, 2013.


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