Tech Talks is a online training series organized by the Technical Training and Certification Program. Rotating speakers cover a wide variety of technical topics every Monday at 1:00. On occasion additional sessions may be scheduled at 9:00 in the morning to accommodate our presenters.

Miss a session you were interested in? We record every presentation and make replays available in the Online Learning section of the TTCP website.

Follow these instructions to access the webinars:

1. Go to https://minnesota.webex.com/minnesota/k2/j.php?MTID=t4cff36c965dd6296bae80dfbe43cb361
2. Enter your name and email address (or registration ID).
3. Enter the session password: TTCP1234
4. Click "Join Now".
5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

If you are joining to the audio by phone, dial 1-415-655-0003 after connecting above. The session code is 968 039 336, and your participant ID will be displayed on the Webex screen.

You may log-in up to 30 minutes in advance to establish your connection.

Format
Webinar
Source

TTCP

Date
-
Time
1:00 p.m.
Training Type
Upcoming Training
Location

United States

Notes

Tech Talks Schedule: Mondays at 1:00

August 3 WHEG for Pollinator Habitat Karin Jokela, Xerces Society, reviews the monarch habitat evaluation guide (WHEG). She demonstrates how to assess various herbaceous plant communities to determine insecticide risks, weed management risks, milkweed stem density, forb cover, and forb richness. Karin also provides tips on plant ID and support tools. A replay of this session is available here.
August 10 Evaluating Herbicide Plans in a Soil Health System

Liz Stahl, UMN Extension, reviews the latest research and information regarding the impacts of weed management decisions on the potential for successful establishment of cover crops, cover crop end uses, and the tradeoffs we can expect in our weed management program. Following the presentation is a facilitated discussion with crop advisors. A replay of this session is available here.

9:00 am

August 17

Equipment Modifications for Cover Crops NRCS State Soil Health Specialist Kristin Brennan hosts a farmer panel including Brady Wulf of Starbuck,  Ryan Hough of Barnesville, and David Miller of Red Lake to discuss equipment modifications they have made to facilitate the integration of a soil health system into their farming operations. A replay of this session is available here.

9:00 am

August 24

Estimating Forage Production Determining existing forage production for a site is a major component of completing the new CRP Grazing Job Sheets and subsequent development of a Livestock Grazing Plan. During this presentation Lance Smith, NRCS Rangeland Specialists, walks through the steps of making a visual estimate of forage production and then clipping and weighing a representative sample to verify the visual estimation. The goal is to repeat this process to the extent that a person can make an accurate visual estimate of forage production without taking the time to clip and weigh a sample from every site. A replay of this session is available here.

1:00 pm

August 24

Fertilization in a Soil Health System Dr. Daniel Kaiser (UMN Extension) and Dorian Gatchel discuss fertilizer considerations in soil health systems. A replay of this sessions is available here.
August 31 Nutrient Management Module 5: Nitrogen Larry Gunerson, Travis Hirman, and Kevin Hauth from MDA review the nitrogen considerations for nutrient management planning. This session will cover current impairments, loss pathways, ground water protection rules, nitrogen loss assessments, and practices to reduce movement. A replay of this session is available here.

Sept. 14

9:00 am

Filter Strips - Part 1

This Tech Talk is a continuation of the Filter Strip training that was held February and March of 2019.  Due to several weather-related cancelations many sessions were postponed.  This Tech Talk is going to cover much of the same material.  If you attended one of the other sessions held around the state this session will be a repeat of those in-person trainings

The 9:00 am session will feature Shannon Carpenter, NRCS Water Quality Specialist St. Paul.  Shannon will be reviewing CPS 393 Filter Strip Practice Standard details, practice design, and Filter Strip Implementation requirements worksheet.  There will also be a brief review of Agronomy Technical Note #31 as how the Filter Strip Standard relates to the Note 31 and use of the Seed mix calculator.

The 1:00 pm session will feature Lawrence Svien, BWSR Training Conservationist, Rochester.  Lawrence will review use of the NRCS GIS Watershed Tools in the design of CPS 393 Filter Strips.  In addition, Lawrence will also cover National Agricultural Technical Note 2, Using RUSLE2 for the Design and Predicted Effectiveness of Vegetative Filter Strips (VFS) for Sediment.

Sept. 14

1:00 pm

Filter Strips - Part 2

Sept. 21

9:00 am

Trends in Restoring Resilient Landscapes, Emerging Programs, Partnerships and Resources Join Dan Shaw, Senior Ecology and Vegetation Specialist with BWSR, who will provide an overview of trends in the restoration of upland and wetland vegetation. Dan will focus on current and emerging strategies being used for rural and urban landscapes to maximize the success and resiliency of projects, and provide multiple landscape benefits.

Sept. 21

1:00 pm

Construction Inspection TTCP engineers Amanda Deans and Aaron Peter will kick off a multi-part construction inspection series.  This session will cover what to do at a pre-construction meeting, how to take notes during construction, how does a specification packet compliment the plans, and what are the main safety considerations on a construction site.
Sept. 28 Agriculture and Water Quality Join Caroline D’Huyvetter, Clarissa Levi and Bill Fitzgerald from MDA to learn about the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Water Quality Certification Program. Caroline, Clarissa and Bill will provide an overview of the tools and process used in assessing farms, as well as technical and financial assistance available to producers interested in becoming Water Quality Certified.

October 5

9:00 am

Calculating Stocking Rates Join Lance Smith, NRCS Rangeland Specialist, to learn about calculating stocking rates by considering forage production, herd needs, and the management of the grazing system.

October 5

1:00 pm

Concrete Specifications, Inspection, and Cold Weather Considerations Patrick Schultz (TTCP Training Engineer) and Michael Krcmarik (NRCS Agricultural Engineer) will summarize the NRCS Concrete and Reinforcement construction specifications with an emphasis on cold weather concreting requirements to help with the approaching cold weather season. Tips for how to inspect projects according to the specifications and what to do when deficiencies are observed will also be discussed.