Producers can customize Corn College experience

Corn College will be a daylong educational experience that can be tailored to the needs of each farm producer, to assure they come away with information they’ll be able to put to use right away in their marketing and planning for the 2011 crop year.

The event takes place December 17th, 2010 at South Central College in North Mankato. University of Minnesota Extension and South Central College have joined Minnesota Corn Growers Association to sponsor the event, which will run from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm and consists of a series of in-depth and hands-on concurrent sessions.

“We are very pleased to be able to work with these educational institutions to bring our producer members the finest educational experiences available for farm operators,” said Greg Schwarz, a farmer in Le Sueur, Minnesota, and president of Minnesota Corn Growers Association. “Education is one of the keys to the prosperity of farmers now and into the future. Our competitiveness with other regions and with farm producers of other nations depends on our continuous improvement of our yields and the quality of our product. Education is what can keep us out in front.”

Online registration is available at: http://www.regonline.com/CornCollege , where attendees can put together the courses they want for the day, and registration before the event saves $10. Admission is $50 at the door. Preregistration is recommended as class and lab space is limited.

Corn College participants can select course on pest management, crops and soils, grain storage and economics, and nutrient management, offered by the following faculty of the University of Minnesota:

Jeff Gunsolus, U of MN Weed Scientist, will cover picking the right herbicide for the right weed at the right time. Dean Malvick, U of MN Plant Pathologist, will host a lab on corn diseases and their management. Ken Ostlie, U of MN Entomologist, will address performance, options, and choices to consider when selecting transgenic insect traits.

Jeff Coulter, U of MN Corn Agronomist, will lead a lab on corn staging, stand establishment, and the impact of stress on crop yield. John Lamb, U of MN Soil Scientist, will run a hands-on computer lab exercise using the NRCS web soil survey.

Ken Hellevang, North Dakota State University Extension Engineer, will lead a lecture on key features to consider when selecting a grain drying and management system. In addition, he will provide recommended storage management strategies to maintain grain quality during short and long-term storage. Dave Bau, U of MN Ag Business Management Educator, will demonstrate using a spreadsheet to calculate your personalized 2011 corn break-even price.

Dan Kaiser, U of MN Soil Fertility Specialist, will conduct a hands-on lab demonstration on corn nutrient deficiencies and toxicities. Jeff Vetsch, U of MN Southern Research and Outreach Center Soil Scientist, will demonstrate different planter attachments and fertilizer delivery system options to improve corn yields.

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