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Register by December 4th for Crop & Pest Management Connect

Register by December 4 to ensure your spot for the University of Minnesota Crop & Pest Management Connect, the three-day online educational conference for ag professionals scheduled for December 8 - 10. Certified crop advisors can earn up to 12 continuing education units in soil & water, nutrient management  pest management and crop management over the three day period.

Twenty-four agronomic update presentations provide a strong educational program with a wealth of pest, crop and fertilizer management topics. You can see the full agenda, speaker bios and abstracts on the Crop & Pest Management Connect webpage. 

Each of the 24 short presentations will be followed by a live question and answer session, so that participants can engage with the academic speakers from Minnesota and surrounding states. The CPM Connect will run online via Zoom from 10:00 a.m.to 2:30 p.m. 

December 8 highlights

Corn topics will be covered on December 8 and include hybrid selection, nitrogen and fungicide recommendations, corn fungicide research, corn rootworm and a grain price outlook.

This week's featured presentation

Taking control of corn hybrid selection to maximize profitability by Dr. Jeff Coulter, University of Minnesota will use recent trial results to provide new insight on key considerations for hybrid selection that influence the profitability of corn production. Hybrid selection is one of the most important factors affecting corn yield and profitability. In trials where many corn hybrids are compared, it is common for grain yield to vary by 30 to 50 bushels per acre or more among hybrids. Dr. Coulter will discuss how seed costs, hybrid relative maturity, grain moisture and drying costs affect the bottom line for corn growers in 2021.

December 9 highlights

Soybeans will be the focus on December 9 with topics including foliar fungicide research results, variable rate soybean seeding, fertilizer management for high yielding soybeans and Sudden Death Syndrome management.

This week's featured presentation

Update on SCN for Minnesota - 2021 and beyond by Dr. Greg Tylka, Iowa State University will provide an update on the current situation with and future outlook for the nation’s most damaging soybean pathogen, the soybean cyst nematode (SCN). SCN populations in fields throughout the upper Midwest continue to develop increased ability to reproduce on soybean varieties with the common PI 88788 source of SCN resistance, causing increased yield loss due to the nematode. Fortunately, soybean varieties with SCN resistance sources other than PI 88788 are slowly becoming more available, and a range of nematode-protectant seed treatments are available for use with soybeans as well. The presentation will conclude with a discussion about the need for more active management of SCN.

December 10 highlights

On December 10, a wide variety of topics will be covered, including metabolic herbicide resistance in weeds (what is it and why is it increasing), controlled drainage, alfalfa fertilizer guidelines, Winter Camelina as a crop alternative, and integrated weed management in sugarbeet rotations.

This week's featured presentation

Kernza® perennial grain production in Minnesota by Dr. Jacob Jungers, University of Minnesota will provide an introduction of Kernza®, which is harvested from advanced lines of intermediate wheatgrass. Minnesota farmers, businesses, and researchers are leading the nation in the development of the first commercial-scale perennial grain crop in North America. Kernza has attracted the attention of growers because of its low-input management and ability to provide conservation benefits to the farm and watershed, such as reduced nitrate leaching to ground water, reduced soil erosion, and opportunities to sequester carbon. Programs are emerging in Minnesota to provide growers with economic payments to plant Kernza in regions where groundwater is especially vulnerable to nitrate contamination. This presentation will provide an overview of the innovative project that is underway to advance Kernza breeding and genetics, agronomics, supply chains and economics, all in partnership with growers, businesses, and state agencies.

Register by December 4th

Additional information for CPM Connect is available at z.umn.edu/cpmconnect.
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