CECIL, Wis. — As the 2020 crop production season approaches, producers are beginning to wonder what it will have in store for their fields. There are a few givens. One is that to get optimum production, they will need to properly manage nutrients. Another is that there will be pests which negatively affect crops in many different ways.
The Extension offices of Marinette, Shawano, and Oconto Counties are sponsoring a workshop specifically designed to help corn producers optimize their nutrient and pest management practices. The workshop is being held on Thursday, February 13th at the Green Valley Town Hall (W1734 County Road E; Cecil, WI) from 9:45 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Nutrients lead off the docket, with Jamie Patton, UW-NPM program, reviewing corn’s nutrient needs and how we can use recent research to fine tune our nutrient management practices and optimize our return on fertilizer investments.
The rest of the day’s topics revolve around successful pest management practices. Bryan Jensen, UW-Madison IPM Entomologist, will detail identification, scouting, and management of the insect pests which affect corn in Northeastern Wisconsin. After lunch, Dan Heider, also with the UW-Madison IPM program, will discuss and demonstrate how nozzle, adjuvant, and formulation selection affect spray performance. He will utilize a spray table demonstration unit to show how simple changes can positively affect performance and also how mistakes or not paying attention to detail can negatively affect performance of pesticide products.
The final topic on the day’s docket will be weed management. Scott Reuss, Extension Crops/Soils Agent for Marinette & Oconto Counties will lay the foundation for proper weed management. With new weed species in the region and challenges to timing of weed management events, it is critical that producers are prepared to use effective control measures while still maintaining cost-effectiveness.
This program is open for all producers and consultants to attend. There is a $12 per person fee for taking part in this event, and pre-registration is requested. Pre-register by calling the Shawano County Extension office at 715-526-6136 or e-mailing kimberly.schmidt@ wisc.edu As an added bonus, any Certified Crop Advisors which attend the program will earn four CEU’s: 1 NM and 3 IPM. If you have any questions about the program, contact Reuss at 715-732-7510 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
An EEO/AA employer, UW-Madison, Division of Extension provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title VI, Title IX, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. Please call the Shawano County Extension office, 715-526-6136, to request any type of accommodation or assistance that you may require to attend this event. All requests will be kept confidential.
— UW-Madison, Division of Extension
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