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Issue No. 22, Article 1/September 4, 2009

AG Masters Conference--Mark Your Calendars for December 1 and 2

On December 1 and 2, the first AG Masters Conference will be conducted at the University of Illinois I Conference Center on St. Mary's Road, just across the street from Assembly Hall. By design, this conference will be a significant departure from the Crop Protection Technology Conference (aka Agricultural Pesticides Conference, Custom Spray Operators' Training School). The program will consist of two distinct parts, each with its own registration. The first day (Tuesday) will provide many speakers in a large general session atmosphere, including these:

  • Raising the Yield Bar: Can We Get Corn to 300 Bushels?--Emerson Nafziger, University of Illinois
  • Corn Hybrid Development for the Future: Breeding, Biotech Traits and Agronomic Systems--Dale Sorenson, Monsanto
  • Making and Taking of Soybean Yield--Bill Wiebold, University of Missouri
  • The Genetic Contribution to Higher Soybean Yield--Randy Nelson, University of Illinois
  • Glyphosate Resistance: Transitioning from Forecasts of Doom to Management of Actual Problems--Mark Loux, Ohio State University
  • Stacks, Refuges and Volunteer Corn: Re-Shuffling the Deck on Corn Rootworm--Ken Ostlie, University of Minnesota
  • Interpreting On-Farm Foliar Fungicide Data: Statistical Considerations and Wisconsin Perspective--Paul Esker, University of Wisconsin
  • Supply/Demand Factors in the Global Fertilizer Market--Harry Vroomen, The Fertilizer Institute
  • Environmental Issues, Nitrogen, and Climate Change--Cliff Snyder, International Plant Nutrition Institute
  • The 2009 Growing Season in Review: Expectations for 2010--Panel of University of Illinois Extension specialists

Following the presentations, several mixers will be available for attenders to discuss the day 1 information with friends and colleagues. This will provide a great opportunity to interact with the speakers and get any unresolved questions answered. The advance registration fee for the December 1 session is $135, which includes lunch, refreshments, and a program proceedings. The fee for registering on-site will be $175.

The program on December 2 will feature eight different 2-hour advanced sessions, with participants able to sign up for four of these classroom-style intensive instruction options. Registration for day 2 will be strictly first-come, first-served, with enrollment limited to 120. Topics and presenters on day 2 include the following:

  • Nitrogen Use by Corn: How Much, When, Where, and Why--Fred Below, University of Illinois
  • Applied Statistics, Experimental Design and Analysis--Gérman Bollero, University of Illinois
  • Applications of Biotechnology and Genomics to Enhance Plant Breeding and Crop Improvement--Stephen Moose, University of Illinois
  • Soybean Cyst Nematodes, Biology and Management--Terry Niblack, University of Illinois
  • Understanding the Physiology of Herbicide-Plant Interactions--Dean Riechers, University of Illinois
  • The Challenges We Face Managing Glyphosate-Resistant Weeds--Dale Shaner, USDA ARS, Colorado State University
  • Bt Plants for Insect Management: A Good Long-Term IPM Strategy or a Recipe for Disaster?--Tony Shelton, Cornell University
  • Making Sense of Product Claims--Paul Vincelli, University of Kentucky

The advanced sessions on day 2 (Wednesday) will be just that--advanced. Each session will last 2 hours in a classroom setting. Instructors will present challenging information--be ready to review and interpret the latest data concerning these hot topics! Enrollment will be limited to 30 per class. Again, a policy of first-come, first-served will be upheld. Each advanced session will be offered twice. A registration fee of $235 will be charged for the second day. If you register for both days, the total advance registration fee will be $350.

We will start accepting online registrations by mid-September. Before that begins, I will send an electronic alert to readers of the Bulletin who are registered to receive e-mail notification of new issues. The co-chairs of the AG Masters Conference (Carl Bradley, Vince Davis, Aaron Hager, Sandy Osterbur, and myself) are excited about this new event and believe it will offer unique features for all participants. We look forward to support and participation from the readers of the Bulletin.--Mike Gray

Mike Gray

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