With the 2013 harvest mostly completed, I would like to take this opportunity to announce the agenda for the 2014 University of Illinois Corn & Soybean Classics. We look forward to welcoming back many who have attended one or more of our previous meetings and extend a warm welcome to those who will attend for the first time. The program will feature nine presentations that emphasize crop production, pest management, economics, and the interactions among them. Please note the program will begin at 8:30 AM and conclude by 3:30 PM. Market updates will be provided throughout the day, and communication between speakers and participants is encouraged. Question and answer sessions are scheduled for both morning and afternoon sessions. A noon lunch and a proceedings booklet, containing synopses of all presentations, are provided to each registrant.
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
The following schedule applies to each Classic conference date. Travel schedules may require a change in the order of speakers. Program speakers and their respective topics of discussion include:
The Unusual Weather of 2013 and the Outlook for 2014
By Force or Finesse: Getting Soybeans to Produce High Yields
Managing Soybean Diseases and Pests with Genetic Resistance
Marestail: A “Surprising” Weed Species in 2013
Palmer amaranth: A Looming Threat to Soybean Production in Illinois?
Effects of 24 Years of Conservation Tillage Systems on Soil Organic Carbon and Soil Productivity
Fungicides for Corn and Soybean – Does It Make Sense (Cents)?
Machinery, Farm Size and Profits
Results from Statewide Insect Surveys and an Update on the Troublesome Rootworm Injury to Rotated Bt Corn
Registration for the 2014 University of Illinois Corn & Soybean Classics is now open and can be accomplished by visiting our conference registration Web site, located at: http://www.cropsciconferences.com. Advanced registrations, at a cost of $60, are accepted through December 7, 2013. Registrations received December 8–30 and all on-site registrations are $75.00. If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact us (1-800-321-1296 or 217-333-4424 ext. 0) at your convenience.