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Issue No. 23, Article 5/October 7, 2011

2011 AGMasters Conference: Registration is Open

The 2011 AGMasters Conference is scheduled for December 5 and 6 at the University of Illinois I Hotel and Conference Center. The organizers of the conference hope you will consider registering for this upcoming event. The conference format will be similar to 2010 with a single general session followed by 1 ½ days of advanced classes designed to challenge participants with the latest information on specialized and relevant topics. The general session theme will focus on the challenges that pest resistance has created and examine potential solutions. We will begin the conference with a thought provoking presentation from Leonard Gianessi, Director of the Crop Protection Research Institute, Washington, DC. His comments will focus on the importance of herbicides to U.S. agriculture and why their continuing use is essential to maintain current levels of productivity. Following his remarks, other speakers will continue to address the resistance issue from their own unique specialties and experiences including the development of fungicide, herbicide, and Bt resistance. Following the formal presentations within the general session, a panel of University of Illinois Extension specialists will offer some comments about the 2011 season and then provide some predictions for upcoming crop production challenges in 2012. We believe the AGMasters Conference is unique because participants can tailor-make their program by choosing six advanced sessions from a line-up of twelve specialized classes. Each advanced session is taught using a classroom style setting with a maximum of 40 students per class. In these small classroom settings, instructors are able stimulate questions and increase the level of dialogue. Many of the advanced sessions will be taught by out-of-state speakers from other universities including: Iowa State University, Purdue University, Southern Illinois University, University of Arkansas, University of Maryland, and the University of Wisconsin.

Each advanced session runs for 2 hours and will be repeated once. Instructors have been encouraged to welcome interaction and engage participants in active dialogue. These 12 advanced sessions will be presented:

  • Moving Beyond the Mean-A Critical Look at Statistics and Agriculture?--Paul Esker, University of Wisconsin
  • Western Corn Rootworm Resistance to Bt Corn, Rotation, and Insecticides: What Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and the Pest Have Taught Us--David Onstad, University of Illinois
  • Corn Diseases Making a Comeback: Who's to Blame?--Alison Robertson, Iowa State University
  • Are All These Herbicide and Adjuvant Products in the Tank Necessary?--Bryan Young, Southern Illinois University
  • Implications for Waterhemp Based on Lessons Learned from Palmer Amaranth: The Need for Proactive Herbicide Resistance Management--Jason Norsworthy, University of Arkansas
  • Biology, Economic Impact, and Management of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, a New Soybean Pest--Galen Dively, University of Maryland
  • Crop Response to Environmental Extremes--John Kovar, Iowa State University
  • Farm of the Future?--Tony Grift, University of Illinois
  • The Truth About Micronutrients--Fabián Fernández, University of Illinois
  • Does This Product Work?--Emerson Nafziger, University of Illinois
  • Legal Threats to Production Agriculture--Gary Baise, Attorney
  • Understanding the Basics of Glyphosate in Weed Management--Doug Sammons, Monsanto

Registration will be limited to 160 people, and sign-ups for the advanced sessions will be first-come, first-served. Each registrant may take up to six of the 12 advanced sessions. Conference information and registration can be found at the following link: http://www.cropsciconferences.org/

If you have questions about the conference, please contact conference coordinator Sandy Osterbur, Department of Crop Sciences (saosterb@illinois.edu; 1-(800-321-1296).--Mike Gray

Mike Gray

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