2017 Crop Pest Management Short Course and MCPR Trade Show - Up to the Challenge!

December 12th - 14th at the Minneapolis Convention Center and rooms available at the Minneapolis Hilton hotel.

Are you Up to the Challenge!  The crop input industry has large challenges which demand our attention, our resources. Gather with the leading experts to learn how others are successfully meeting their challenges. The Crop Pest Management Short Course and MCPR Trade Show is a one of a kind educational and social gathering of the Minnesota and Upper Midwest crop input industry. Over the three days we offer educational programs, training programs, networking, and an industry trade show second to none!  Attending this gathering of the key 1500+ crop input personnel who are the decision makers, operators, and public policy leaders of the Minnesota and upper Midwest crop input industry.



Registration Types and Pricing:

General Admission - $205   ($155 ON/BEFORE November 21st)

Technical Service Provider - $220  ($170 ON/BEFORE November 21st)

Applicator Recertification (Category A & C) - $215  ($165 ON/BEFORE November 21st)

Applicator Recertification including Category H (includes A & C) - $255  ($205 ON/BEFORE November 21st)

*Cancellations and requests for refunds must be received in writing prior to 30-days before the event; refunds will be processed less a $50 administrative fee.  No refunds will be made within 30-days of the event or for no-shows.*

MCC City Map with Parking


The Minneapolis Hilton Hotel has Sold Out!

The Hyatt Regency Minneapolis offers a reduced room rate of $119/night for Short Course attendees until November 28th or until the room block sells out.....whichever comes first!  Rooms can be booked online HERE or by phone at (888) 421.1442.


Programming Information

Tuesday, December 12th

Up to the Challenge!

The financial success of Minnesota farms continues to be challenged as commodity prices are flat. The short- and long- term crop enterprise budgets have, if not red ink, very thin margins. Concurrently, biological and societal pressures are mounting rapidly demanding changes in farming practices. Resilience and optimism are hallmark of Minnesota’s agriculture and this year’s Crop Pest Management Short Course agenda is designed to assist you, as agricultural professionals, to be up for the challenge. We will provide you with the research and the supporting tools to help you assist crop producers in achieving economic and environmental sustainability.

Technical Service Provider Training  (December 12th, 10 am – 1 pm)

This training will present the latest information from the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) on nutrient management and integrated pest management(IPM) to Technical Service Providers (TSP) certified in these categories in Minnesota.  This session will provide an overview of the updated NRCS Nutrient Management and IPM practice standards.   There will be a technical review of the requirements for nutrient management and IPM practices and enhancements implemented through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CStP).  This session will also cover the new TSP quality assurance review policy and TSP recertification requirements.


MCPR Plenary Sessions  (December 12th, 1 pm – 3 pm)

Engaging in Land Stewardship: Opportunities to Support Farmers

Water Quality has and will continue to be a major focus in Minnesota.  Farmers are under tremendous pressure to produce more food, while also contributing to improved water quality.  Minnesota watershed planning efforts have begun to adopt a stewardship concept for approaching water quality in agricultural areas.  The stewardship concept promotes soil health as an avenue for delivering water quality improvements while maintain productive agricultural systems.  It also identifies the need for broader private sector engagement, such as crop retailors, in delivering conservation.  This session will provide a background on Minnesota watershed planning and how the stewardship concept is being applied. Drew Kessler is lead scientist with Houston Engineering, Inc and served at the University of Minnesota, Department of Soil, Water, and Climate from 2009-2014. He received a PhD in Water Resources Science, Geospatial Technologies from the University of Minnesota and an MS in Natural Resource Science, Geospatial Information, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

 Up to the Challenge!

Matt Birk, MN Vikings Hometown NFL Star who wears a Super Bowl ring, is the Short Course Key Note Speaker. In addition to his work for the NFL, Matt Birk is inspiring, teaching and motivating audiences across America as a national speaker. He speaks on the topics of Leadership, Teamwork, and Achievement to motivate your team to get to the next level! In addition to his superb sports credentials, Matt attended Harvard University and earned a degree in Economics. Matt will autograph 200 of his books and greet you following his presentation.



Precision Consulting: Building a Suite of Services

In this session, Matt Wiebers explains how building a service business focused on precision agriculture is becoming a profitable business model for both Minnesota crop consultants and retailers. Agronomic innovations such as crop growth models, scientific on-farm research trials, and robotic automation are empowering the next generation of agronomists to serve as specialists in offering local and regional services to the market. Matt is an independent agronomy consultant and the owner
of CropCentric LLC. He has 20 years of agricultural experience working with growers and fertilizer retailers around the world with a focus on precision ag support. His current business services focused on improved nitrogen management, design of replicated on-farm research trials, providing soil testing services, and sensor-based irrigation scheduling.


Pesticide Applicator Recertification  (December 12th, 2 pm – 3:30 pm and December 13th, 8 am – 5 pm)

These MDA-approved sessions are for applicators that need recertification credit in Categories A (Core), C (Field Crop Pest Management), and/or H (Seed Treatment).

  • Category A + C: Attend all December 13th recertification sessions.
  • Category A + H: Attend December 12th from 2 pm to 3:30 pm and December 13th recertification sessions from 8 am to 2:45 pm.
  • Category A + C + H: Attend all December 12th and December 13th recertification sessions.

Do You Need to Recertify? If you last attended a recertification workshop in 2014 or were newly licensed in 2016, you need to attend an MDA approved workshop in the correct categories in 2017. If you don’t attend a required recertification workshop, you must retest to be eligible to renew your license for 2018. Please contact MDA at 651- 201-6615 with recertification or license questions.

Wednesday, December 13th & Thursday December 14th

Agronomy Super Bowl Challenge – The 2017 Agronomy Super Bowl Challenge will be held on Wednesday, December 13th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Compete for $1000 first place team and $500 second place team during the MCPR TRADE SHOW 2017! Win Valuable Prizes.

More info HERE!



Crop Pest Management Short Course General Session  (December 13th, 8 AM - 11 AM)

Dr. Kerri Jacobs is an extension economist in the Department of Economics at Iowa State University and holds the Iowa Institute for Cooperatives Economics Professorship. Dr. Jacobs will present an overview of the consolidation of agricultural firms within the supply chain and discuss the effects at the local level. This consolidation is driven from the bottom up as well as from the top down and is quickly changing the retail landscape through the current cycle of low commodity prices and compressed farm incomes. Dr. Jacob’s presentation will highlight the drivers of consolidation at the local level and offers insights for the potential impacts on retailers and the producers. In her extension role, Dr. Jacobs provides education and resources to cooperative boards and management and develops content based on applied research.  Her current research focuses on financial and equity conditions of agricultural cooperatives, consolidation of cooperatives, farm level production decisions under uncertainty, and bioenergy.


Dr. Kevin Bradley, Associate Professor, is an extension weed scientist in the Division of Plant Sciences at the University of Missouri. Dr. Bradley will present a review of the 2017 Dicamba performance issues in Missouri and the mid-south, which will include an assessment of the scope and size of the effected soybean crop in both Missouri and on the national level. In addition, Dr. Bradley will address the science behind the off-target movement of the herbicides and provide recommendations for best management practices for the upcoming growing season. Dr. Bradley’s current research and extension efforts are directed towards the development of strategies for the management of glyphosate- and multiple herbicide-resistant weed biotypes. Specifically, he has conducted numerous surveys to characterize the prevalence of herbicide resistance in weeds such as waterhemp, and to determine the effectiveness of future herbicide-tolerant crop technologies for the management of these troublesome species.


Dr. Mark Seeley, Professor, is an extension climatologist/meteorologist in the Department of Soil, Water and Climate at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Seeley’s role within the department involves coordinating weather and climate educational programs with the National Weather Service, the Minnesota State Climatology Office, and various state agencies. At the 2017 Crop Pest Management Short Course, Dr. Seeley will provide an assessment of climate change impacts on Minnesota agriculture: past, present, and future. These include warmer winters, variations in precipitation and dew points, which can effect crop growth, planting conditions, crop nutrient applications, growing season length, insect & disease levels and rain/thunderstorm intensities. Dr. Seely will share 40 years of monitoring and studying Minnesota climate’s behavior in the context of agricultural production within the state. He has served as a weekly commentator on Minnesota Public Radio's Morning Edition news program since 1992. He also writes the weekly newsletter "Minnesota WeatherTalk" and helps produce a weekly science podcast for public radio called "Jet Streaming" and contributes to the Minnesota Public Radio daily weather blog "Updraft." Dr. Seeley is the author of Minnesota Weather Almanac.



Crop Pest Management Short Course Concurrent Sessions  (December 13th, 1 PM - 5 PM and December 14th, 8 AM - 2:30 PM)

Wednesday’s and Thursday’s concurrent sessions continue the strong educational program with a wealth of pest, crop and fertilizer management topics including new phosphorus and potassium guidelines for corn, managing herbicide resistant waterhemp in corn and soybeans, and nutrient cycling in cover crops.  Other sessions will detail management of nitrogen in drained and undrained soils, the discovery of bacterial leaf streak in corn, and a new invasive soybean insect pest. These sessions and more will build upon the idea that we have control of our destiny and the long-term success of our industry.