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Sunday, April 24, 2016

2016 University of Minnesota Field School for Ag Professionals Registration is Now Open

 By Dave Nicolai, IAP Program Coordinator

The 2016 Field School for Ag Professionals will be held on July 26 - 27 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 to build a foundation for participants and builds on this foundation with timely, cutting-edge topics on the second day.

 The first day's sessions that "Build a Foundation" are:
  •  Herbicide Mode of Action and Crop Injury Symptoms
  •  Identification of Insects and the Injury they cause in Field Crops
  •  Corn and Soybean Growth and Agronomics
  •  What is in your Soil Test Results?

You will attend each of these 1.5 hour hands-on sessions. Certified Crop Advisor CEUs in the areas of Pest Management, Nutrient Management and Crop Management will be available. The second day program that "Builds on a Foundation" consists of multiple concurrent one-hour sessions, allowing you to obtain one Certified Crop Advisor CEU per session in the areas of Crop Management and Pest Management. You can self-select up to six different sessions from a menu of ten session topics the second day program topics include:
  •  Corn and Soybean Diseases: Development and Management
  •  Principles of Weed Seedling and Mature Weed Identification
  •  Stand Establishment, Hail Damage, and Replant Decisions for Corn
  •  Cover Crop Interseeding: Understanding Establishment and Competition
  •  Insecticidal Seed Treatments in Corn and Soybean Pest Management
  •  Doing it Right: Assessing Corn Needs and Applying Nutrients during the Growing Season
  •  Managing Soybean Populations to Maximize Yield
  •  Small Grains Growth and Development
  •  Crop Diagnostics and Management for Alfalfa, Corn and Soybean
  •  Enlist and Xtend Soybean Response to Various Herbicides

Detailed session descriptions and online registration can be found on the Institute for Ag Professionals website.

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 field 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, so early registration is encouraged. You may choose to attend either day or both days of the field school.

Questions about the 2016 Field School can be directed to David Nicolai, IAP Program Coordinator, via e-mail: or by calling 612-625-2778 or Larisa Jenrich, Institute for Ag Professionals program assistant, or 651-480-7732.

Learn more about the 2016 University of Minnesota IAP Field School For Ag Professionals by clicking on the video below:

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