2017 Short Course Programming Information



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.*

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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.


Tuesday, December 12th

Detailed Tuesday Schedule

9 AM - Registration Opens

10 AM - Technical Service Provider Training

1 PM - MCPR Plenary Session

2 PM - Pesticide Applicator Recertification (Category H: Seed Treatment)

3 PM - Exhibit Hall Opens

4:30 PM - MCPR Annual Meeting (in Exhibit Hall)

5 PM - Ice Breaker Reception (in Exhibit Hall)

6:30 PM - Exhibit Hall Closes


Wednesday, December 13th

Detailed Wednesday Schedule

7 AM - Registration Opens

8 AM - Pesticide Applicator Recertification

8 AM - General Session Crop Pest Management Short Course

9 AM - Exhibit Hall Opens

11 AM - Break and Opportunity to Visit the Exhibit Hall

12 PM - Lunch (Exhibit Hall)

1 PM - Concurrent Crop Pest Management Short Course Sessions

5 PM - Exhibit Hall Closes

5:30 PM - Chairman's Reception at the Minneapolis Hilton Hotel

Thursday, December 14th

Detailed Thursday Schedule

7 AM - Registration Opens

8 AM - Concurrent Crop Pest Management Short Course Sessions

9 AM - Exhibit Hall Opens

11 AM - Exhibit Hall Closes

12 PM - Lunch

1 PM  - Concurrent Crop Pest Management Short Course Sessions



Detailed Plenary and General Session Information

Tuesday, December 12th

MCPR Plenary Session

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.

Wednesday, December 13th

General Session

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.  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.


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.