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Corn College at U of M, Crookston and Minnesota State University Moorhead to be held on Wed. and Thur., December 19-20, 2007, Featuring Latest in Applied Information and Hands-On Workshops Focused on Corn and Livestock Production
November 30, 2007

What: Corn College

When: Wed. and Thur., December 19-20, 2007

Contact: Deb Zak, director, Regional Extension, 218-281-8684 (dzak@umn.edu), Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)


CROOKSTON, Minn. (November 30, 2007) – A Corn College will be held on Wed., Dec. 19, 2007, on the University of Minnesota, Crookston campus and Thurs., Dec. 20, at Minnesota State University in Moorhead. The Corn College involves in-depth, hands-on workshops designed for corn producers featuring top extension and research specialists from the University of Minnesota and North Dakota State University (NDSU).
 
The Corn College is being co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension Service, the Northwest Research and Outreach Center, the University of Minnesota, Crookston, Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) and the Minnesota Corn Growers Association.

The day-long workshops are designed to provide participants with the latest applied information for managing aspects of corn production and livestock feeding. Co-chairs for the Corn College are Regional Extension Educators Phillip Glogoza and Doug Holen.

Registrations for the Corn College in Crookston and in Moorhead will be handled by the Extension Regional Center in Crookston. There is a $40 pre-registration fee or $50 at the door if there is no pre-registration. Lunch will be served at noon. Contact Jolene Pedersen, Extension Regional Center, Crookston at 218-281-8027 or toll free at 1-888-241-0781 (beis0011@umn.edu) if you plan to attend either day. The event is free to interested current U of M, Crookston students; however, students need to pre-register.

The workshops begin at 8:30 a.m. with a presentation on Corn: Food, Fuel and Feed by Marcia Taylor from DTN, the leading provider of real-time market, news and weather information services for agricultural and energy markets. The rest of the morning and early afternoon will rotate lectures and laboratories.

Lecture topics include:

Lecture 1: Corn Storage with Ken Hellevang, NDSU Extension engineer
Lecture 2: Cost of Corn Production with Bret Oelke and Bill Craig, U of M Extension educators
Lecture 3: Genetics and Agronomy with Zach Fore, Pioneer
Lecture 4: Alternative Feeds with Greg Lardy, Livestock Specialist, NDSU
Lecture 5: Grazing with Ryan Walker and Vince Crary, U of M Extension educators (Crookston only)
Lab topics include:

Lab 1 Weed Control with Jeff Gunsolus, U of M Extension Weed Scientist
Lab 2 Growth Staging Corn with Dave Nicolai, and Phil Glogoza, U of M Extension educators
Lab 3 Corn Fertility with John Lamb, U of M Extension soil scientist, and Russ Severson, Extension educator
Lab 4 Silage production with Greg Lardy, Livestock Specialist, NDSU
Lab 5 Entomology with Ken Ostlie, U of M IPM specialist (Moorhead only)
Lab 6 Diseases/Fungicides with Dean Malvick, U of M plant pathologist (Moorhead only)

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