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Issue No. 22, Article 1/September 23, 2011

AGMasters Conference Lineup of Speakers Coming Together for December 5 and 6

If you haven't done so already, please be sure to put December 5 and 6 on your calendar to take part in the 3rd annual AGMasters Conference. The conference will be held at the I Conference and Hotel Center, across the street from Assembly Hall. Parking is accessible and free. The conference will begin with a general session the morning of December 5, followed by 12 advanced sessions over the next day-and-a-half. Participants will be able to select six topics of most interest to them. As with last year, enrollment for each topic will be capped at 160, so getting registered early will ensure you can attend the sessions you want. Each advanced session takes place in a classroom-style setting with no more than 40 students. Instructors are encouraged to engage the participants with questions that stimulate interaction.

The general session will focus on an issue emerging across the Corn Belt--resistance to herbicides, to fungicides, and most recently to Bt rootworm corn. Our keynote speaker is Leonard Gianessi, director of the Crop Protection Research Institute, Washington, DC. In addition, Dr. Aaron Gassmann, Iowa State University, will speak in the general session and describe his research on the field-evolved resistance to Bt rootworm corn that he has observed in Iowa. The advanced sessions will cover a variety of emerging and important topics, including Goss's wilt, mystery application products, potential invasion of stink bug species into corn and soybeans, plant responses to environmental extremes, protecting your business with record-retention procedures, unexpected consequences of glyphosate applications, and improving the effectiveness of adjuvants. Many of the advanced sessions will be taught by out-of-state speakers who are recognized experts in their fields of study. For example, Dr. Galen Dively, University of Maryland, will provide the latest management information on brown marmorated stink bugs. This insect species is likely to cause significant challenges to profitable corn and soybean production in the coming years.

In following issues of the Bulletin, we will provide more details about the AGMasters Conference and registration procedures. For now, please hold the dates and stay tuned.--Mike Gray

Mike Gray

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