Field Trips

Listed alphabetically.

Crop ProtectionFrom Seed to Harvest

Saturday, August 9 - 7:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Organizers: Mohamed Khan, North Dakota State University & University of Minnesota, Fargo, ND, U.S.A.; Dean Malvick, University of Minnesota, St Paul, MN, U.S.A.
Sponsoring Committee/Sponsors: Extension, Chemical Control, Postharvest Pathology
Fee: $35

This field trip will visit research sites to participate in hands-on activities (such as seed treatment), developing plot research, observe research on seed treatments and foliar disease control; observe nursery screening varieties to seedling diseases; possible apple breeding/orchard/vineyard; discussion on mycotoxins; corn for biofuel; field research on corn diseases etc. 

Forest Health Issues of the Bluff and Coulee Country Along the Upper Mississippi River

Friday, August 8 - Depart 7:30 a.m. returning on Saturday, August 9 at 6:00 p.m. (Overnight accommodations are provided) 
Organizers: Linda Haugen, Jennifer Juzwik, and Joseph O'Brien, USDA Forest Service, St. Paul, MN, U.S.A.; Glen Stanosz, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, U.S.A.
Sponsoring Committee/Sponsors: Forest Pathology, USDA Forest Service
Fee: $210

An in-the-field opportunity to observe and discuss tree pests and diseases in scenic southern Minnesota and Wisconsin. Topics include Heterobasidion root disease in pine, black walnut and other nut tree plantation issues, American elm operational plantings and Dutch elm disease, oak wilt management, bur oak blight, emerald ash borer, and decay in high value hardwoods. 

Minnesota Fungal Foray

Saturday, August 9 - 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Organizer: Kirk Broders, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, U.S.A.
Sponsoring Committee/Sponsors: Mycology
Fee: $60

Participant will have an opportunity to get their boots dirty searching for macro- and micro- fungi in natural settings in the Minneapolis area. This trip will guide participants to several nearby woodlands with hiking trail access to explore the fungal diversity of the upper Midwest. Novices and experts alike will return to the meeting site to examine and identify specimens and listen to advice and have informal discussion with local fungal experts.  


Saturday, August 9 - 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Organizer: Michelle Grabowski, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, U.S.A.
Sponsoring Committee/Sponsors: Diseases of Ornamental Plants, Extension; Chase Agricultural Consulting LLC; Agdia, Inc.; BASF; MN Turf and Ground Foundation
Fee: $45

Learn about diseases of ornamentals in both production and landscape settings. We will visit a collection of mature landscape elms with resistance to Dutch elm disease and learn about disease control in a public plant conservatory. We will visit with state regulatory staff as well as production staff to discuss how plant diseases are managed in production of annual bedding plants, herbaceous perennials and woody ornamentals. Sites include the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como Park, Bailey’s Nurseries, the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes and more!  

Turfgrass Pathology

Saturday, August 9 - 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Organizers: Young-Ki Jo, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, U.S.A.; John Inguagiato, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, U.S.A.
Sponsoring Committee/Sponsors: Turfgrass Pathology Committee
Financial Sponsors: BASF Corporation, Syngenta
Fee: $35

The tour will start at Twins stadium where head groundskeeper Larry Divito will share his thoughts on recovery and disease pressure associated with covering turf for special events. The tour will proceed to Hazeltine National Golf Club where superintendent Chris Tritabaugh will describe the maintenance practices that he is using to prepare for the 2016 Ryder Cup with minimal fungicide inputs. The tour will stop for a BBQ lunch at the University of Minnesota turfgrass research center. University of Minnesota extension educators and turf science graduate students will describe their research on low input fescues, growth regulators, endophytes, bee lawns, and plant defense activators/value-added fungicides.

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