Corn and Soybean Classic Sessions To Focus on Critical Issues for Growers
December 7, 2004
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Dec. 1, 2004

URBANA--The latest perspectives on critical issues in crop production and protection for corn and soybean growers will highlight a series of regional conferences scheduled at six sites during Jan. 11-20, 2005.

The 2005 University of Illinois Corn and Soybean Classic will cover a wide array of "hot" topics, including the latest information on soybean rust. Other sessions will cover rotation for higher crop yields, corn and soybean planting intentions, economic aspects of drainage and water management, weed management issues, soybean cyst nematodes, corn rootworm challenges, insect management, and nitrogen management.

Scheduled speakers include U of I Extension specialists Emerson Nafziger, Robert Hoeft, Richard Cooke, Dean Malvick, Terry Niblack, Gary Schnitkey, Dale Latz, Kevin Steffey, Mike Gray, and Aaron Hager.

The day-long programs are scheduled at the Interstate Center in Bloomington on January 11, the Hickory Grove Banquet Center in Rochelle on January 12, the Mark of the Quad Cities in Moline on January 13, the Crowne Plaza in Springfield on January 18, the Holiday Inn in Mt. Vernon on January 19, and the Holiday Inn in Collinsville on January 20. "We are presenting six regional meetings to provide as many corn and soybean growers across the state as possible with the opportunity to participate in multidisciplinary presentations on critical issues in the areas of crop production and plant protection," said Kevin Steffey, entomologist with U of I Extension and 2005 program coordinator. "We have brought together many of the leading experts on these topics in a format that is designed to promote in-depth discussion and interaction. We include audience interaction sessions at the conclusion of both the morning and afternoon sessions."

Registration at each site will begin at 8:15 a.m., with the program beginning promptly at 8:45 a.m. Adjournment at each site is set for 3:15 p.m. Certified Crop Advisor credits will be offered in the following areas: nutrient management (1.0), crop management (1.5), integrated pest management (3.0), and soil and water management (1.0).

The pre-registration fee for each session is $35, through Dec. 30, 2004. Late registration or registration at the door will be $50. The fee includes lunch and a copy of the session proceedings. There will be no refunds unless notification of cancellation is received at least one week prior to the meeting.

Registration is available on-line at or by calling (217)333-2880. Additional information on all six of the 2005 Illinois Corn and Soybean Classic sessions is available by calling (217)333-4256. -30-