AUBURN, Ala.—The 2016 Alabama Corn and Wheat Short Course will be held at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center Dec. 12-13.
Presenters from Auburn University, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, other land grant universities including Kansas State University, University of Kentucky, University of Arkansas, Louisiana State University and University of Georgia, as well as private companies, will address a variety of topics pertaining to corn and small grain production.
Alabama Extension Precision Agriculture specialist Brenda Ortiz, said this course is an opportunity for farmers to learn more about every aspect of crop management.
“Farmers are always looking to optimize current practices, or adopt new ones,” Ortiz said. “Higher profitability and environmental protection are two of their top concerns. Our speakers try to provide current information to help farmers improve yield, profitability and environmental sustainability.”
Ortiz said this year’s short course speakers include several Alabama researchers and many other land grant university
researchers from across the south.
Topics include irrigation strategies, planting technology, herbicide tank mix regulations, corn yield responses to planting density, Bt corn technology updates, control release and slow release fertilizers, carinata and sesame production updates, anthracnose control in sorghum and several farmer panels.
In addition to the conference-style lectures from researchers, there will also be an interactive stored grain demonstration.
“Grain engulfment can happen in the blink of an eye, “ Flanders said. “On Monday of the short course the Safety and Technical Rescue Association will demonstrate the use of the RES-Q Tube system. This system can be used to create a protective barrier allowing rescuers to remove the grain surrounding the victim so he can be extracted from the grain mass.”
The hands-on demonstration will be repeated hourly throughout the day. The semi-truck will park in the Auburn University hotel lot so the demonstration will be easily accessible. In case of rain, other accommodations will be made.
CCAs and CEUs will be available to attendees.
Corn and Wheat Short Course Agenda
Monday, Dec. 12
7:45-8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30-8:45 a.m. Welcome and Introductions (Dr. Brenda V. Ortiz and Dr. Kathy Flanders, Auburn University)
8:45-9:25 a.m. Irrigation Strategies for Corn Production (Dr. Wesley Porter, University of Georgia)
9:25-10:05 a.m. Key Strategies to Increase Corn Productivity in the Southeast (Dr. Chad Lee, University of Kentucky)
10:05-10-20 a.m. Break
10:20-11:00 a.m. Silicon Fertilization on Corn and Wheat (Dr. Brenda Tubana, Louisiana State University)
11:00-11:40 a.m. Herbicide Tank mixes regulations (Dr. Steve Li, Auburn University)
11:40 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Use of Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria on Row Crop Production (Dr. Joseph Kloepper, Auburn University)
12:20-1:20 p.m. Lunch
1:20-1:25 p.m. News from the Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences Department (Dr. John Beasley, Auburn University)
2:10-2:50 p.m. Yield Responses to Planting Density for US Corn Modern Hybrids (Dr. Ignacio Ciampitti, Kansas State University)
1:25-2:10 p.m. Farmers panel –“Recommendations for High Yielding Corn Production” (Various Farmers from Alabama)
2:50-3:30 p.m. Current Planting Technology (Dr. David Buntin, University of Georgia and Dr. Ajay Sharda, Kansas State University)
3:30-3:45 p.m. Break
3:45-4:15 p.m. Efforts to Increase Nitrogen Use Eficiency in Cereals (Dr. Leo Espinoza, University of Arkansas)
4:15-4:55 p.m. Update on Bt Corn Technology and Insect Resistance to Bt Technology
Tuesday, Dec. 13
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. What is in the Pipeline of the Commercial Companies to increase Production?
9:00-9:40 a.m. Slow and Control Release Fertilizer Technology (Dr. Debbie T. Hellums, International Fertilizer Development Center)
9:40-10:00 a.m. Climate iBook: A New Resource to Adapt Crops to a Variable Climate (Dr. Brenda V. Ortiz, Auburn University)
10:00-10:20 a.m. Break
10:20-11:20 a.m. Update on Nematode Management in Corn Production (Dr. Robert “Bob” Kemerait, University of Georgia)
11:20 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Update on Carinata and Sesame Production in the Southeast (Dr. David Wright, University of Florida)
12:20-1:15 p.m. Sorghum and Control for Anthracnose (Dr. Austin Hagan, Auburn University)
1:15 p.m. Adjourn