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Field School for Ag Professionals

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This program will not be available in 2023.

The hands-on, in-field program emphasizing crop and pest management diagnostic skill-building will help you enhance your troubleshooting and crop management skills.


  • A two-day program completely taught in the field. 
  • Hands-on activities examining current insects, diseases and crop management.
  • Small learning groups are a key feature of the Field School. Each subject is led by experienced instructors offering personalized instruction and small group activities.
  • Certified Crop Advisor CEUs offered.

Wednesday program

The first day's program will be held on Wednesday, July 20 with registration starting at 8:00 a.m., orientation beginning at 8:45 a.m. and the individual sessions starting promptly at 9:00 a.m. The first day program will consist of herbicide mode of action and crop injury symptoms, corn and soybean growth and agronomics, scouting and identification of insects and diseases, and tillage & soil structure.

Thursday program

The second day's program, held on Thursday, July 21 starting at 8:00 a.m., will consist of multiple concurrent sessions, allowing participants to obtain six certified crop advisor CEUs. Participants can self–select from a menu of session topics ranging across all four major agronomy disciplines which are designed to be timely, cutting–edge topics for today's ag professionals. Participants may attend up to six of the following sessions on Day 2:

  • Advanced Crop Diagnostics
  • Corn Rootworm Scouting & Management
  • Dual crops: Twice the opportunities
  • Identification of Cereals Rusts
  • Keep It Together: Easy Soil Structure Assessments
  • Managing Perennial Weeds
  • Quick! Nitrate and pH Comparisons Across Managed Systems
  • Small Grains Growth & Development
  • Soybean Insect Scouting & Management
  • Weed Seedling and Vegetative Weed Identification.
  • Who is that? Observing Soil Biology Under The Scope

This program is targeted toward agronomists, crop production retailers, seed dealers, consultants, crop protection industry representatives, government agency personnel and summer field scouts.


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