Advanced Crop Advisers Workshop Program

February 22-23, 2001
Memorial Union
North Dakota State University

Sponsored by NDSU Extension Service and University of Minnesota Extension Service



Thursday, February 22


8:30 -- Registration and refreshments

Memorial Union – Dakota Ballroom

9:00 -- General Session - Introduction

9:30 -- Concurrent sessions*

11:30 -- General Session - lunch and guest speaker: Robin

Silverman - “The Secret Power You Never Knew You Had”


1:00 -- Concurrent sessions*

3:00 -- Refreshment break

3:30 -- Concurrent sessions*

6:00 -- Social – Kelly Inn, O’Malley & O’Leary Room


Friday, February 23


7:30 -- Continental breakfast

8:00 -- Concurrent sessions*

10:00 -- Refreshment break

10:30 -- Concurrent sessions*


12:30 -- General Session - Lunch and closing remarks


* Participants will be able to attend all concurrent sessions on February 22 and two of the three sessions on February 3.

CEU credits for the Certified Crop Advisers (CCA) program have been requested.



This is an advanced workshop designed for agricultural professionals, including crop consultants, agronomists, ag dealers, extension agents, and industry representatives who advise farmers with crop production recommendations.


Concurrent Sessions

February 22

Nuts and Bolts of Biotechnology
(Prairie Rose)

The session will have two segments: 1) focus on how the overall process works and how current commercialized products are similar and different 2) biotech advantages/disadvantages and future implications.

Don Lee and Mark Berg

(2 CEUs – Crop Production)

Commodity Marketing and Crop Insurance Insights
(Peace Garden)

This session will provide commodity marketing strategies for the upcoming marketing year and information on crop insurance alternatives for risk management.

Mike Krueger and Mike Kozojed

Agriculture’s Potential Role in Reducing Greenhouse Gases
(Century Theater)

Discussion will be on the carbon cycle and how farmers by reducing tillage can take CO2 out of the atmosphere and store it in their soils as organic matter. Since no-till and reduced-till practices can improve the quality of soil, water, and air, the public may be willing to reward farmers for their environmental stewardship.

Larry Cihacek and Jim Kinsella

(2 CEUs – Soil and Water Management)

February 23

Managing Crop Diseases Under Overwhelming Environmental Conditions
(Prairie Rose)

Weather conditions have been overwhelmingly favorable for development of crop diseases in recent years in many areas of North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. Management of diseases is a challenge under such circumstances. Some of the strategies available to meet these challenges will be discussed.

Marty Draper, Tom Gulya, and Roger Jones

(2 CEUs – Integrated Pest Management)

Developing Genetically Engineered Crops to Tackle Crop Production Challenges in Our Region
(Peace Garden)

Group exercises will allow participants to ‘design’ genetically-engineered crops for targeted uses and identify solutions and challenges with their designs.

Don Lee

(2 CEUs – Crop Production)

Weed Control, Resistance, and Shifts
(Century Theater)

Information will include grass control in small grain, resistant weed listing and management, and weed shift occurrence with the steady acreage increase of herbicide-tolerant crops.

Kirk Howatt and Richard Zollinger

(2 CEUs – Integrated Pest Management)



The number of workshop participants will be limited to 150. Preregistration (including fee payment) is required by February 12. Workshop enrollment will be filled on a first-come/first-serve basis.

Workshop fee is $125 per person. The fee covers the cost of refreshment breaks, meals, social and reference materials. A full refund of the preregistration fee will be provided if requested by February 16.

A letter will be sent to persons who have preregistered (completed form and paid fee) to confirm their enrollment in the workshop.


Reservations for lodging may be made directly with motels in the Fargo/Moorhead area. A block of rooms has been reserved at a reduced rate until February 8 at the Kelly Inn, 3800 Main Ave., Fargo, phone (701) 282-2143. Workshop participants must make their own lodging arrangements.

Campus Parking

NDSU campus parking passes will be available for workshop participants during workshop registration. Car pooling is strongly encouraged when traveling to campus to reduce competition for limited parking spaces.

Workshop Instructors

Mark Berg - President of Foundation EARTH, Tripp, SD

Dr. Larry Cihacek - Associate Professor, Soil Science, NDSU, Fargo

Dr. Marty Draper - Extension Plant Pathologist, South Dakota State Univ., Brookings

Dr. Tom Gulya - USDA-ARS Plant Pathologist, Northern Crops Science Lab, Fargo

Dr. Kirk Howatt - Assistant Professor, Weed Scientist, NDSU, Fargo

Dr. Roger Jones - Extension Plant Pathologist, Univ. of Minnesota, St. Paul

Jim Kinsella - Farmer and Ag Tec Center manager, Lexington, Illinois

Mike Kozojed - Farmer and Ihry crop insurance salesman, Mayville

Mike Krueger - Agri-Mark Inc., Fargo

Dr. Don Lee - Associate Professor, Plant Geneticist, Univ. of Nebraska, Lincoln

Dr. Richard Zollinger - Associate Professor, Extension Weed Specialist, NDSU Extension Service, Fargo

Workshop Planning Committee

Greg Endres, co-chair, NDSU Extension Service, 701/652-2951

Ken Pazdernik, co-chair, University of Minnesota Extension Service, 218/784-7183

Dave Franzen, NDSU Extension Service

Jerry Arneson, Bremer Bank

Marvin Ebach, Centrol

Clark Helland, Prairie Ag Service

Anne Osborne, DuPont

Marcia McMullen, NDSU Extension Service

Darrell Mossett, Dacotah Agronomiks

Greg Riedman, Riverbend Agronomy

NDSU Vice President,
Dean and Director for Agricultural Affairs
NDSU Extension Service ND Agricultural
Experiment Station
NDSU College of Agriculture NDSU College of Human Development and Education