Regional Crop Management Conferences to Address Critical Issues
December 20, 2007
  • /Agricultural and Consumer Economics
  • /Animal Sciences
  • /Crop Sciences
 
Urbana -- The latest perspectives on critical crop production issues will be discussed at three University of Illinois regional crop management conferences. In southern Illinois, the conference is set for January 29-30 at the Rend Lake Resort and Conference Center. The conference moves to Springfield on February 12-13 at the Route 66 Hotel and Conference Center. The final offering is in northern Illinois on February 19-20 at the Kishwaukee College Convention Center, Malta. At each location, the conference runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the first day, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second day.

"These two-day conferences are designed to address a wide array of hot topics that relate to crop production and pest management," explains Robert Bellm, U of I Extension crop systems educator. "And, there will be plenty of time for participants to visit with university crop specialists about their specific questions or concerns."

At each conference, participants will be able to attend three general sessions of broad interest including bioenergy opportunities, new water quality nutrient standards, and maximizing soybean yields. In addition, those attending can attend up to six specialized concurrent sessions focusing on crop management issues such as foliar fungicides for corn and soybean, fertilizer economics, GPS technology, weed resistance, on-farm research design, insect and disease pests, and crop budgets, crop insurance and risk management. Certified Crop Advisers can earn up to 13 hours of CEU credit.

Advance registration, no later than one week prior to each conference, is $100 per person. Late and at-door registration is $125. The fee includes lunch, refreshments, and handouts for both days. There is no one-day registration option. If you need dietary or disability accommodations to participate in this conference, please indicate when registering.

For a program agenda and registration form, contact your local U of I Extension office, or download the information at http://web.extension.uiuc.edu/regions/ag/news.htm.

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