2014 Illinois Crop Management Conferences Registration Now Open

The latest research information on crop production and management issues will be discussed at four University of Illinois Crop Management Conferences this winter. These two-day conferences are designed to address a wide array of topics pertinent to crop production, pest management, and natural resource issues and provide a forum for discussion and interaction between participants and university researchers.

Certified Crop Advisers can earn up to 13 hours of CEU credit. Advance registration, no later than one week before each conference, is $130 per person. Late and on-site registration is $150. Dates and location for the four regional conferences are listed below. Links to the complete agendas and registration information for each conference are located on the Crop Sciences Research and Education Center web page here.


January 22-23: Mt. Vernon – Krieger/Holiday Inn Convention Center. For more information, contact Robert Bellm, (618-427-3349); rcbellm@illinois.edu . Register online at http://extension.illinois.edu/go/icmcmtvernon

January 29-30: Springfield – Northfield Inn Conference Center. For more information, contact Robert Bellm, (618-427-3349); rcbellm@illinois.edu . Register online at http://extension.illinois.edu/go/icmcspringfield

February 6:  Champaign – i-Hotel and Conference Center. For more information, contact Dennis Bowman, 217-244-0851); ndbowman@illinois.edu . Register online at http://extension.illinois.edu/go/icmcchampaign

February 12-13: Malta – Kishwaukee College Conference Center. For more information, contact Russ Higgins (815-274-1343); rahiggin@illinois.edu . Register online at http://extension.illinois.edu/go/icmcmalta

Brownstown Agronomy Research Center Field Day – July 25

The 2013 Brownstown Agronomy Research Center Field Day, presented by the University Of Illinois Department Of Crop Sciences, will be held on Thursday, July 25. Extension researchers and specialists will address issues pertinent to the current growing season. Tours will start at 8 a.m., with the second and third groups leaving the headquarters around 8:20 a.m. and 8:40 a.m. The tours will last about two and a half hours and will be followed by lunch provided by U of I Extension.

Shaded tour wagons will take participants to each stop. These topics will be addressed:

  • Nitrogen Sensors & Variable-rate N Applications – Dennis Bowman
  • Wheat Disease I.D. & Management – Dr. Carl Bradley
  • Emerging Developments in Weed Management – Doug Maxwell
  • Crop Rotation:  Another Risk Management Tool – Dr. Emerson Nafziger
  • Agronomic and Environmental Assessment of Cover Crops – Dr. Angie Peltier

 The 208-acre Brownstown Agronomy Research Center has been conducting crop research on the claypan soils of southern Illinois since 1937. More than 30 research and demonstration projects are conducted at the Center every year. Visitors are always welcome.

The research center is located south of Brownstown on IL Route 185, approximately 4 miles east of the IL Route 40 / 185 junction.

For more information, contact Robert Bellm (618-427-3349); rcbellm@illinois.edu
Visit us on the web at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/barc/

2013 Field Day July 16 at Orr Ag Center, Perry

The 2013 Orr Center Field Day presented by the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois will be held on Tuesday, July 16 at the Orr Center, which is located on Route 104 four miles west of the junction of Illinois Routes 104 and 107.

Tours will start at 9:00 AM, with the second and third groups leaving the headquarters at about 9:20 and 9:40. The tour will take about two hours, and will be followed by lunch provided by UI Extension.

The following UI experts will speak about current conditions and management challenges in crop production and protection.

• Emerson Nafziger Can crop rotation and tillage help stabilize yields?
• Carl Bradley Goss’s wilt of corn
• Robert Bellm Cover Crops: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
• Doug Maxwell 2013 Weed Control Challenges
• Mike Gray Western corn rootworm resistance to Bt: a growing threat?

For more information call Mike Vose at 217 236-4911 or by email at mvose@illinois.edu

Dates and Locations for the 2014 University of Illinois Corn & Soybean Classics

The dates and locations for the 2014 University of Illinois Corn & Soybean Classics are set for next January.  Our next series of meetings marks the 17th year of the Classics and will continue the program’s tradition of providing our clientele with the most current and timely information related to crop production, marketing and pest management.

The dates and meeting locations for the 2014 Corn & Soybean Classics are:

▸ January 6 (Monday): Champaign I Hotel and Conference Center

▸ January 7 (Tuesday): Mt. Vernon Holiday Inn

▸ January 10 (Friday): Springfield Crowne Plaza

▸ January 13 (Monday): Peoria Par-A-Dice Hotel

▸ January 14 (Tuesday): Moline i wireless Center

▸ January 15 (Wednesday): Malta Kishwaukee College

Please mark your calendar and plan to join us at one of these locations.  We will provide additional information related to the program in a future Bulletin article.


Mark Your Calendars for the 2013 AGMasters Conference

The 2013 AGMasters Conference will be held at the i Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign, IL on December 2 and 3. The conference will begin with a morning general program followed with 1 1/2 days of specialized sessions. Participants will be able to pick and choose the sessions of most interest to them. These sessions are designed to encourage interaction between instructors and students and cover a broad range of topics including crop production challenges, soil fertility, water resource management, entomology, plant pathology, weed science, and introductory statistics. Each session is taught twice and is limited to 40 students (per session). Registration for the most popular topics is very competitive. The overall conference is limited to the first 160 registrants. The conference will be pieced together over the summer and registration information will become available by early fall. For now, please add these dates to your calendar and look for more conference information to follow in this Bulletin. Conference co-chairs include Dennis Bowman, Carl Bradley, Aaron Hager, Sandy Osterbur and me, all members of the Crop Sciences Department. As the growing season unfolds, please contact any of us with your suggestions for the 2013 program. We welcome your input.

Mike Gray

2013 Field Day Events in Illinois

It’s been a difficult planting season in Illinois, but crops will eventually be growing this year, and we’ll find both expected and unexpected challenges as we move into the cropping season. Fields days organized by Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois and other institutions will focus on crops and pests, with speakers talking about current crop issues along with information from previous research. Each event will offer CEUs for CCAs.

Following is the schedule of crop-related 2013 field days organized by University of Illinois Crop Sciences and by several other institutions.

Event Date – start time Food Contact
Macomb – WIUa June 20 – 12:00 N lunch Mark Bernards (309) 298-1569
Urbana – Weeds June 26 – 8:00 AM lunch Doug Maxwell (217) 265-0344 dmaxwell@illinois.edu
DeKalb July 10 – 9:00 AM lunch Russ Higgins (815) 274-1343 rahiggin@illinois.edu
Belleville – SIUb July 11 – 9:00 AM lunch Ron Krausz (618) 566-4761 rkrausz@siu.edu
Orr Center, Perry July 16 – 9:00 AM lunch Mike Vose (271) 236-4911 mvose@illinois.edu
Monmouth July 17 – 8:00 AM snack Angie Peltier (309) 734-5161 apeltier@illinois.edu
Brownstown July 25 – 8:00 AM lunch Robert Bellm (618) 427-3349 rcbellm@illinois.edu
Dixon Springs August 1 – 9:00 AM lunch John Pike (618) 695-2790 jpike@illinois.edu
Urbana August 15 – 7:00 AM lunch Sue Overmyer (217) 300-3702 overmyer@illinois.edu
Ewingc Sept. 12 – 9:00 AM lunch Mark Lamczyk (618) 439-3178 lamczyk@illinois.edu
aWestern Illinois University conducts this field day at its Macomb research farm.
bBelleville is a research center operated by Southern Illinois University–Carbondale.
cEwing Field is operated by University of Illinois Extension in southern Illinois.

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