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Agricultural Short Courses scheduled for January 2006 at UW-Madison

Interim Farm and Industry Short Courses will be offered during the weeks of Jan. 3-6 and Jan. 9-13 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The application deadline is Dec. 20. Course fees include registration and instructional materials; lodging and meals are not included. For registration forms or information on parking and lodging, call CALS Outreach Services, (608) 263-1672. For more information on course content, call Rick Daluge, (608) 262-3127.

COURSE OFFERED JAN. 3-6
Diagnosing and Monitoring Pest and Crop Management Problems in Turf and Woody Landscape Plants

Plant health problems have visual symptoms that can appear similar but require different management strategies. These management practices must be directed at the specific problem and implemented in a timely manner so as to minimize loss. This course will give students a unique opportunity to contrast, compare and differentiate crop health problems found in turf and woody landscape plants.
Jan. 3-6 Instructors: B. Jensen, L. Johnson, C. Williamson, R. Fujinuma, P. Pellitteri, J. Colquhoun and B. Hudelson Fee: $200

COURSES OFFERED THE WEEK OF JAN. 9-13
Diagnosing and Monitoring Pest and Nutrient Status of Field Crops
Course provides the skills necessary to properly monitor corn, alfalfa, soybean and wheat problems. Emphasizes proper identification of abiotic and biotic problems and symptoms (especially insects, diseases, weeds, nutrient deficiencies, compaction, herbicide injury). Techniques covered include crop staging, soil and plant tissue sampling, nematode and insect sampling.
Jan. 9-13 Instructors: B. Jensen, J. Doll, C. Boerboom, R. Borges, L. Bundy, B. Hudelson, J. Lauer, S. Sturgal, D. Wolkowski. Fee: $200

Advanced Dairy Reproduction
Students will become proficient in artificial insemination, ovarian palpation and pregnancy detection. Embryo transfer and ultrasound-guided oocyte aspiration will be demonstrated.
Jan 11-13 Instructors: Paul Fricke and Dave Northey. Fee: $250

Livestock Marketing
Class will analyze various marketing methods, how prices are determined, interaction of supply and demand for meat, techniques of market management. Industry guests will assess the roles of producers, livestock markets, packers, retailers, food service and the public sector in the marketing of meat and livestock.
Jan. 9-11 Instructor: Patrick Luby. Fee: $200

Pasture Management
Covers pasture establishment, improvement, and plant growth. In-depth discussions of pasture layout, fencing and water systems. Pasture utilization by animals, including animal behavior on pasture, animal nutrient needs versus pasture growth, and supplemental feeding also covered.
Jan. 9-12 Instructors: Dan Undersander and Dick Cates. Fee: $200

Equine Reproductive Management of the Mare
A hands-on training course in management of the brood mare, with 14.5 hours of hands-on training and 11 online chapters of supporting material. Topics include: anatomy of the reproductive tract, hormonal control of the estrous cycle, breeding mares with artificial insemination, pregnancy detection, managing the pregnant mare, preparing for foaling and managing the newborn foal, and breeding soundness exams in the mare.
January 9-11 Instructors: J. Parrish and J. Susko-Parrish. Fee: $250

Equine Reproductive Management of the Stallion
A hands-on training course in management of the stallion, with 14.5 hours of hands-on training and 8 online chapters of supporting material. Topics include anatomy of the reproductive tract, semen collection, processing of fresh or cooled transported semen, semen quality examinations, endocrine manipulation of the stallion, and breeding soundness exams of the stallion.
January 11-13 Instructors: J. Parrish and J. Susko-Parrish. Fee: $250