Midsummer crop diagnostic clinics offered near Mead
Agribusiness professionals and crop producers will take a close-up look at field conditions, research and techniques at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's midsummer Crop Management Diagnostic Clinics July 20 to 21.
The UNL Extension clinics begin each day with 7:30 a.m. registration at the Agricultural Research and Development Center near Mead and start at 8 a.m. Participants will meet at the August N. Christenson Research and Education Building. Participants can attend one or both of the clinics as subject matter will be different each day.
"We have an impressive lineup of topics and speakers that includes UNL faculty and private industry agronomists," says Keith Glewen, UNL Extension educator. "We are pleased to have a well-known corn specialist on the program this year."
Roger Elmore of Iowa State University Extension will discuss high-yield corn management on July 20.
"Every decision impacts yield potential--whether it is planting date, seeding rate or row spacing. Elmore is on the forefront of yield data research and should provide insightful, useful information," Glewen said.
Other topics on July 20 include: alfalfa pest control, controlling deer damage to crops, sharpening weed ID skills using technologies to improve irrigation management and the popular crop scene investigation hands-on session that engages clinic participants in diagnosing problems.
Six Certified Crop Adviser credits (crop management, 2, pest management, 3, and soil and water management, 1) have been applied for and are pending approval for this clinic.
Elmore also will present at the July 21 clinic. His presentation, "Corn Growth and Development--Back to the Basics," will help participants compare growth staging systems and stage corn using the leaf-collar system. Glewen said that Elmore's discussion on crop development and staging should be of particular interest due to the intense weather conditions experienced this year.
Other July 21 clinic topics include: a decade of transgenic corn and soybeans--how has seed changed?, corn response to stress, disseminating crop production information the social way, in-depth soybean cyst nematode management and managing soybean herbicide traits.
Six Certified Crop Adviser credits (crop production, 4, and pest management, 2) have been applied for and are pending approval for this clinic.
Early registration is recommended to reserve a seat and resource materials. Cost for one clinic is $145 for those registering one week in advance and $195 after. Cost for both clinics is $255 one week in advance and $305 after.
For more information or to register, contact the ARDC CMDC Programs, 1071 County Road G, Ithaca, NE 68033; call 800-529-8030; fax 402-624-8010; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://ardc.unl.edu/training.shtml.
A late season Crop Management Diagnostic Clinic will also be held on Aug. 19. UNL Extension is also offering a new precision ag program this year. The Precision Ag Practicum will meet Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, early December, and Feb. 9 to 10.
UNL Extension is in the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.