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
DeKalb July 10 – 9:00 AM lunch Russ Higgins (815) 274-1343
Belleville – SIUb July 11 – 9:00 AM lunch Ron Krausz (618) 566-4761
Orr Center, Perry July 16 – 9:00 AM lunch Mike Vose (271) 236-4911
Monmouth July 17 – 8:00 AM snack Angie Peltier (309) 734-5161
Brownstown July 25 – 8:00 AM lunch Robert Bellm (618) 427-3349
Dixon Springs August 1 – 9:00 AM lunch John Pike (618) 695-2790
Urbana August 15 – 7:00 AM lunch Sue Overmyer (217) 300-3702
Ewingc Sept. 12 – 9:00 AM lunch Mark Lamczyk (618) 439-3178
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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Welcome to the newest version of the Pest Management and Crop Development Bulletin! We have made some changes that will hopefully allow our experts to get information to you as soon as it becomes available.

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