CECIL, Wis. — The Extension offices of Marinette, Shawano and Oconto Counties will sponsor a workshop specifically designed to help corn producers optimize their nutrient and pest management practices. The workshop is being held on Thursday at the Green Valley Town Hall, W1734 County Road E, from 9:45 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Nutrients lead off the docket, with Jamie Patton, UW-NPM program.

As the 2020 crop production season approaches, producers are beginning to wonder what it will have in store for their fields. There are a few givens. One is that to get optimum production, they will need to properly manage nutrients. Another is that there will be pests which negatively affect crops in many different ways.

The rest of the day’s topics revolve around successful pest management practices. Bryan Jensen, UW-Madison IPM entomologist, will detail identification, scouting and management of the insect pests which affect corn in Northeastern Wisconsin. After lunch, Dan Heider, also with the UW-Madison IPM program, will discuss and demonstrate how nozzle, adjutant and formulation selection affect spray performance. He will utilize a spray table demonstration unit to show how simple changes can positively affect performance and also how mistakes or not paying attention to detail can negatively affect performance of pesticide products.

The final topic on the day’s docket will be weed management. Scott Reuss, extension crops/soils agent for Marinette and Oconto counties will lay the foundation for proper weed management. With new weed species in the region and challenges to timing of weed management events, it is critical that producers are prepared to use effective control measures while still maintaining cost-effectiveness.

This program is open for all producers and consultants to attend. There is a $12 per person fee for taking part in this event, and registration is requested.

People may register by calling the Shawano County Extension office at 715-526-6136 or emailing kimberly.schmidt@ wisc.edu. Any Certified Crop Advisers which attend the program will earn four CEU’s: 1 NM and 3 IPM. If people have any questions about the program, people may contact Reuss at 715-732-7510 or email tosreuss@marinettecounty.com.

People may call the Shawano County Extension office, 715-526-6136, to request any type of accommodation or assistance that one may require to attend this event. All requests will be kept confidential.