Head to the field this summer with Farm Journal Field Agronomists Ken Ferrie and Missy Bauer. Take part in this year’s seven game-changing events, each designed to help you take your operation to the next level. The curriculum uses the Systems Approach to teach new strategies to maximize yields and revenue.
Register today to take part in our innovative summer colleges. Discounts are available for early bird and multiple registrations. Sign up before June 9 to receive the early bird registration rate. Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits will be provided for each of the summer trainings. Check the registration site for the total credits available at each event. Hope to see you there.
Here’s an overview of the summer events in 2014:
Drone Fly-In: Enter the Drone Zone
Discover the agronomic potential of drones. Join highly trained industry leaders and high-tech farmers to explore the ins and outs of drones and the many ways this technology can shape the future of farming. Learn what you need to know to get started flying—and capturing the utility of drones as a business tool. In-field breakouts will provide the chance to fly a drone yourself. If you own a drone(s), bring it/them along and come meet other "geeky" farmers such as yourself.
Corn College: Build Your Agronomic ‘A’ Game
July 21, One-Day Session
July 22-23, Two-Day Session
Discover the techniques to build a foundation for higher, more profitable corn yields. The advanced curriculum will dive deep into zone management and cover a wide range of topics, including high-tech scouting, use of GIS information, drones as an agronomic tool, cover crops, in-field diagnostics, soil health and the ever-popular soil density pits.
Tillage College: Your Roadmap to Tailored Tillage
Your soil is the lifeblood of your farm. Learn how to keep it in good health as Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie walks through soil health, soil density management, water management, cover crops and other important topics that underpin your ability to tailor tillage to your fields—even if that means no-till. Breakout sessions include live tillage demonstrations and in-field evaluation of water management to learn the best practices as well as take-home lessons for your fields.
Corn College for Retailers: Your Pathway to Customer Satisfaction
For those who work with farmers to take yields to the next level, this Corn College features sessions tailored for consultants and retailers. Attendees will learn the latest innovative agronomic practices to help build strong customer experiences. Topics include: using the Systems Approach to crop production, zone management, in-field corn diagnostics, managing soybean growth and development and the keys to evaluating nitrogen programs.
Soybean College: Take the Fast Track to Higher Yields
Soybean College provides the first-hand fundamentals of soybean plant components to boost yields. Join Farm Journal Associate Field Agronomist Missy Bauer and the team for a one-day, in-depth classroom experience and hands-on, in-the-field breakouts to prepare you for the race to higher yields. Sessions provide take-home lessons in identifying reproductive stages, managing soybean growth, disease management, the timing of stress and more.
Corn College: Use the Tools in Your Agronomic Toolbox
Rooted in the Systems Approach, this two-day Corn College delivers a foundation-building understanding of the agronomic fundamentals needed to maximize yields and profitability. A blend of general and breakout sessions focus on developing zone management, the importance of ground-truthing, in-field corn diagnostics, the impacts of starter fertilizer, nitrogen management and the ever-popular in-field soil density pits.
For the full lineup of events, click here.