Corn college 2010 Recap

September 9, 2010 05:11 AM

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For the third year in a row, farmers from across the country headed to the field with Farm Journal to learn how to take their yields to the next level. During the week of July 19, four sold-out Corn College sessions drew farmers, consultants and retailers from 29 states and two Canadian provinces to the Corn College campus near Bloomington, Ill.

The curriculum covered all aspects of corn production, with special attention paid to meeting the particular challenges of this year’s growing season. Each session integrated classroom and in-field training, so producers went home with cutting-edge information they could use in their own fields to increase yields.

Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie and Associate Field Agronomist Missy Bauer hosted the event, leading the hands-on training and coaching in the field.

Presentations and learning sessions included the following topics.
¦In-field corn diagnostics: Corn growers participated in hands-on assessments of various corn planting depths and planter down pressure and their respective impacts on root growth and development.

¦Variable-rate corn population and nitrogen: Presenters addressed the interaction between nitrogen and corn growth, development and yield as well as fundamental planting practices that are necessary before implementing variable-rate planting.

¦Emerging pest issues: With changing crop rotations and production practices, presenters kept attendees up to date on the growing threat of corn nematodes.

¦Water quality in the tank: Attendees learned that water pH plays a significant role in how well pesticides perform in the field, and that simple tools exist to help them quickly determine their water quality.

¦Lime value relative to grade and expense: Growers learned about lime quality and application methods and how to evaluate various grades of lime in terms of cost
and spreadability.  

¦Technology tools: As more is expected from every acre of production, the Corn College team led growers through ways to implement today’s available technology and how to plan for tomorrow’s advancements.

Attendees on Wednesday morning were also the live audience for a taping of the Marketing Roundtable discussion for “U.S. Farm Report.”

Between scheduled activities, attendees networked with the 15 event sponsors: Ag Leader, AgriGold, Agrotain, AutoFarm, Chevrolet, DeKalb, EMD Crop BioScience, Great Plains Manufacturing, MANA, National Corn Growers Association, Precision Planting, SFP, Stoller USA, Syngenta’s Avicta and Top Third Ag Marketing.

Due to growing demand for Corn College training, Farm Journal will expand its event lineup in 2011. See page 50 for a complete schedule.

To learn more about Farm Journal Corn College and future events, visit .

You can e-mail Margy Fischer at

Farm Journal Launches “Corn College TV”

In summer 2010, the Corn College team started filming “Corn College TV.” The program launched Sept. 1 on the RFD-TV network.

“Corn College TV” features Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie and Associate Field Agronomist Missy Bauer. The show gives you more access to Ken and Missy, their agronomic insights and advice to implement throughout the growing season.

The 30-minute program delivers practical, hands-on information on key elements of crop production: fertility, soils, machinery, diseases, insects, chemistry and herbicides. The show is hosted by “AgDay” host Clinton Griffiths, with field reports from Farm Journal’s Margy Fischer.
Broadcast on RFD-TV, “Corn College TV” airs at 7:30 a.m. CST each Wednesday, immediately following “AgDay,” and at 10 a.m. CST each Saturday, immediately following “U.S. Farm Report.”



Corn College 2011 Schedule of Events:

¦ Corn College for the South: Jan. 7 with Beltwide and Ag Connect Expo
¦ Corn College Short Course: Jan. 8 at Ag Connect Expo
¦ Corn College Tune-Ups: Feb. 16 and 18 at the National Farm Machinery Show
¦ Regional Planter Clinics: January through March in five locations
¦ Wheat College: Early winter with two locations
¦ Corn College “Classic:” near Bloomington, Ill.

     July 18: one day for consultants and retailers
     July 19 and 20: two-day session for farmers
     July 21 and 22: two-day session for farmers

¦ Soybean College: Aug. 1 and 2 near Coldwater, Mich.
¦ Corn College “Fundamentals for High Yields:” Aug. 3 and 4 near Coldwater, Mich.

Registration Opens Oct. 1. Updates and details available at

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