By Dave Nicolai, IAP Program Coordinator

The 2018 Field School for Ag Professionals will be held on July 25 – 26 at the University of Minnesota Agriculture Experiment Station in St. Paul. Field School for Ag Professional which is the summer training opportunity that combines hand-on training and real-world field scenarios. 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. View Detailed Session Descriptions

This program is targeted towards agronomists, crop production retailers, seed dealers, consultants, crop protection industry representatives, Extension educators, government agency personnel, and summer field scouts. Participants will have the opportunity to enhance their troubleshooting and crop management skills in specially designed plots that display actual cropping situations.

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  • Topics on Day 1 include corn and soybean agronomics or herbicide mode of action (enhanced this year with all current modes of action, five resistant traits and 12 crops) and crop injury symptoms, insect identification, and implementing variable rate nitrogen prescription technology.
  • Topics on Day 2 include weed identification, crop diagnostics, and managing soybean diseases, understanding soybean yield components, recognition of corn caterpillars as effected by Bt traits, and alfalfa & small grain agronomics.
Herbicide Mode of Action Block for 2018 will
consist of 8 modes, 12 treatments and 5 genetic traits

Each session is led by experienced University of Minnesota instructors offering personalized instruction and small group activities and enrollment is, therefore, limited to 120, so early pre- registration is encouraged. You may choose to attend either day or both days of the field school.

Twelve Certified Crop Advisor CEUs will be offered over the two days of field school.

The location is the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station in St. Paul, MN. Free parking available across from the University of Minnesota Plant Growth Facilities & Greenhouse Classroom at 1522 Gortner Ave on the St. Paul campus.

Source: University of Minnesota Extension: Minnesota Crop News