The 2013 workshop with Ray Ward, and goes heavily into details of plant nutrition especially micronutrients, and is available on DVD.


The January 2013 edition of the Crop Health Workshop had a superb audience of producers, scientists and agronomists from the Dakotas to Texas to Australia. Lots of keen questions were asked, and the session went triple overtime! Matt Hagny revealed the many secondary and micronutrient deficiencies lurking in the region’s crops, and discussed the most effective ways of addressing them. Hagny particularly emphasized how visually subtle some of them were, unless you had a side-by-side comparison. Ray Ward provided additional insights on nutrient behavior in no-till soils, as well as supplying his immense practical experience on fertilizers, crop growth, and laboratory testing. The interactive setting allowed attendees to get their most pressing crop nutrition questions resolved, with excellent crowd participation going ‘overtime’ at the end. 

For those who want truly in-depth plant/soil nutrition info, you can purchase the 2013 Workshop DVD, with co-host Ray Ward, Ph.D, (edited but still 8 hrs) plus the 48-page full-color booklet for the 288-slide presentation for $200. (Booklet only is $100.) Wheat winterkill handouts are available for an additional $25.

Please specify in your order that this is for the 2013 booklet.

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Pinnacle’s Crop Health Workshop


For those who missed out on the session, you can purchase the full 8-hour DVD plus the 48-page full-color booklet for the 288-slide presentation for $200 while supplies last.  (Booklet only is $100.)  The 2013 Workshop has updated information and more detailed explanations on the usual topics, plus audience Q & A with Matt and Ray on topics ranging from compaction prevention, to liming, to grazing impact on cropland.

The booklet contains many photos and descriptions of crop deficiency symptoms, as well as discussion of fertilizer sources, rates, and timing to prevent or alleviate those nutrient shortages.  Also included: Liming and other crop health topics such as herbicide impact, how to favor root growth, etc. Additional printed materials also included: seed vigor testing; table of nutrient mobility in plants; discussion of micronutrient yield responses in Kentucky. 

An additional full-color handout (9 pages, 52 slides) is available for $25 and provides an in-depth look at causation and prevention of ‘winterkill’ of winter wheat (it’s definitely not what you think it is—there’s usually major biological aspects, including pathogens such as crown rot).

$200 = DVD + Workshop booklet

$225 = DVD + Workshop booklet + Winterkill/Crown Rot 

$100 = Workshop booklet only.

What Past Attendees Are Saying

“I commend you on an excellent Workshop and manual. That was one of the best Workshops I have ever attended in terms of exposure to new ideas, problems, and solutions regarding plant nutrition. It was a perfect starting point for me to enter the [January] 2010 No-till on the Plains conference with my eyes wide open, as well as enter the 2010 growing season with some specific goals….Your Workshop was perfectly timed to help me start thinking about ‘why’ we are observing some of the things we are, as well as provide me with some of the tools necessary to go about assessing and ultimately resolving some of the issues we are now seeing in our no-till rotations. Great job pulling all this stuff together and getting a guy like Ray Ward involved as he is one of the few soil scientists out there focused on fertility management in no-till. Hopefully you will continue to convey such pertinent knowledge to the notill community.” 

Dietrich Kastens

Herndon, KS

“Excellent! It is wonderful to see so many farmers gathered for an all-day, in-depth look at crop nutrition and plant health….You are correct in all your comments on nutrient cycling in no-till, and how the addition of cover crops will require supplying more micronutrients.” 

Ademir Calegari, PhD

cover-crop expert with 33 years of experience with cover crops in no-till, , Londrina, Parana, Brazil

“The Workshop was really worthwhile. I got more out of it than I ever expected. It was very information-packed compared a lot of other meetings.” 

William Guenther

West Point, Neb.

‘Well worth the investment…It provoked many thoughts, and was presented in such a way as to make it likely that many of the attendees will go home and make changes in their operations to benefit from this information.” 

Kent Stones

Lebanon, KS (multi-year attendee)

“I got more out of an hour at your Workshop than I get out of a whole day at some of these other meetings.” 

R. Lynn Pitman

Minneola, KS (multi-year attendee)

“I learned a lot at the first [Crop Health Workshop] that I attended, but I learned even more the second time I attended.  And I’ll definitely be at the next one, in January [of ’10].” 

Tom Cannon

Blackwell, OK (multi-year attendee)

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