Minnesota crop short course

The University of Minnesota announces its 19th Annual Crop Pest Management Short Course to be held on November 22 and 23 at the Earle Brown Continuing Education Center, University of Minnesota, St. Paul campus. The program provides in-depth, high-quality coverage of contemporary issues in crop pest management and crop production.

The morning general session on November 22 will address several genetically modified organism topics such as seed biotechnology, identity preservation, marketing, and food labels. Four breakout sessions will run concurrently during the afternoon:

  1. Soybean cyst nematode
  2. The changing rural economy: What will be its impacts?
  3. Diagnostic procedures for nutrient management, and
  4. Farmland drainage

Each 2-hour session will have three or four speakers addressing topics related to the main category. You have the opportunity to attend two of the four sessions.

On November 23, concurrent sessions will cover topics such as weed resistance to herbicides, soil fertility management, soybean diseases, tillage systems, transgenic development in corn rootworm control, and economic assessment of Bt corn, to name a few. Each of the sessions will be repeated at least two times.

This short course offers CEU for certified crop advisers in the following categories: 6.5 in crop management, 2.0 in pest management, 2.0 in nutrient management, and 2.0 in soil and water management. A maximum of 10.5 CEU can be earned during the 2-day short course at the national level (multistate).

The registration fee for attending the 2-day course is $120 if received before November 16 and $140 after November 16. One-day fees are $80 for November 22 and $70 for November 23. A brochure listing topics, speakers, and registration information will be released soon. To receive a copy of the brochure, contact Tracey Benson, Extension Professional Programs, at 612-624-3708 or 1-800-367-5363. Information on the program content can be obtained by contacting me at 612-625-2778 or Ken Ostlie at 612-624-9272. To view the course agenda, visit the University of Minnesota Agronomy & Plant Genetics Web site

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This article originally appeared on page 193 of the IC-482(24) -- November 8, 1999 issue.

Updated 05/03/2007 - 12:06pm