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Issue No. 23, Article 1/October 7, 2005

Mark Your Calendar for Some University of Illinois Educational Programs

As the season for fall and winter meetings approaches, faculty and staff at the University of Illinois have been planning educational programs that we believe will improve your understanding of the crop protection and crop production issues we faced in 2005, with consideration for lessons learned and planning for the future. Early in 2006, we intend to provide a "curriculum" of educational programs that will enable you to obtain the type of continuing education that meets your needs. Three types of programs are highlighted, with much more detail to be presented in the near future. Please stay tuned for information about registration and details about each program.

Crop Protection Technology Conference, January 4 and 5. As usual, we begin our educational programming year with the Crop Protection Technology Conference--formerly the Illinois Agricultural Pesticides Conference, formerly the Illinois Custom Spray Operators Training School. This program has been held annually since 1949, with the overall objective of focusing on proper, timely, and wise use of crop-protection products to serve both agriculture and the environment. Held on the University of Illinois campus, the 2006 conference has been streamlined to include an opening session for all participants, six issue-focused symposia, and a new closing session for all participants. Following are program highlights, with details forthcoming:

  • Opening session on January 4--"State of the College of ACES" address by Dean Robert Easter; overview of 10 years of transgenic crops by Assistant Dean Bruce Chassy; and "The Day After Yesterday," a multidisciplinary and interactive review of 2005 with university specialists and the audience.
  • Three symposia on January 4--(A) Soil Fertility Strategies: Managing Future Changes and Challenges; (B) Glyphosate-Resistant Weeds: Current Status, Potential Implications; and (C) Wrestling with Old, New, and Persistent Management Challenges in Corn.
  • Three symposia on January 5--(D) Will That New Sprayer Get "Rusty?"; (E) Soybean Pest Management: Then, Now, and Tomorrow; and (F) Issues in Environmental Toxicology: Science, Courtrooms, and Public Policy.

  • Closing session on January 5--A fresh idea for the 2006 conference, this session will convene everyone before the conference ends. A light box lunch will be provided during "Who Needs IPM in the 21st Century? A Critical Point/Counterpoint for Agriculture." This approximately hour-long session should be of interest to everyone at the conference.

University of Illinois Corn and Soybean Classics. We will stage the ninth version of this highly successful program on the following dates:

  • January 10: Interstate Center, Bloomington, IL
  • January 11: Kishwaukee College, Malta, IL
  • January 12: The Mark, Moline, IL
  • January 17: Crowne Plaza, Springfield, IL
  • January 18: Holiday Inn, Mt. Vernon, IL
  • January 19: Holiday Inn, Collinsville, IL

The program for the Classics is still under construction, but topics will include nitrogen rates and management, weed management, managing insects in corn and soybeans, managing soybean cyst nematodes, soybean rust, and marketing risks. The speakers will be Suzanne Bissonnette, Darrell Good, Mike Gray, Aaron Hager, Emerson Nafziger, Terry Niblack, Gary Schnitkey, and Kevin Steffey.

University of Illinois Regional Crop Management Workshops. Conducted for the first time in 2005, these workshops are being retooled to focus primarily on regional issues and to provide a forum for more hands-on, in-depth discussions. The workshops will be held on the following dates:

  • February 7-8: Southern Illinois Crop Management Workshop, Rend Lake Resort and Conference Center, Whittington, IL.
  • February 21-22: Central Illinois Crop Management Workshop, Route 66 Hotel and Conference Center, Springfield, IL.
  • February 28-March 1: Northern Illinois Crop Management Workshop, Kishwaukee College Convention Center, Malta, IL.

The programs are being created by committees of Extension educators and specialists. We will make every attempt to reduce redundancies among the programs so that they are complementary rather than repetitive.

Once again, more information about registration and program details will be provided in the near future. In the meantime, please mark these dates on your calendar, and plan to join as at one or more of these educational events.--Kevin Steffey

Kevin Steffey

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