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Issue No. 9, Article 2/May 22, 2009

Make Plans to Attend Summer Crops Training Center Updates

The dates have been set for the annual summer Crops Training Center Updates at the University of Illinois Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center, located near Shabbona in DeKalb County. All sessions will be of interest to grain producers, agribusiness dealers, and crop scouts. The first session, from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, June 3, will focus on corn nematode management, including proper field sampling and research results. The discussion will be led by Dr. Terry Niblack, University of Illinois Extension nematologist. Participants will have the opportunity to view corn nematodes under a microscope. A western bean cutworm trapping protocol and an emerald ash borer update will also be presented.

At least 20 reservations are needed by June 1 for the program to be held. Registration that morning begins at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $30 (lunch not provided); walk-in-registration is $40. Register online and pay with a credit card at web.extension.uiuc.edu/whiteside, or send your reservation and check to University of Illinois Extension, Whiteside County Unit, c/o Greg Clark, 100 E. Knox Street, Morrison, IL 61270 (phone 815-772-4075). Please make your check payable to University of Illinois Extension. A workshop brochure is available from Whiteside County Extension and other Extension offices in northern Illinois.

Additional workshops at the Crops Training Center will be Monday, July 6 (sprayer technology and field pest updates) and Tuesday, August 11 (soil fertility and results of the statewide field phosphorus and potassium surveys; soybean rust and fungicide updates).

To reach the research center, go 1 mile east of Shabbona on Route 30, then 5-1/2 miles north on University Road. Continuing education units will be available for Certified Crop Advisers.--Dale Baird

Dale Baird

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