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Issue No. 25, Article 3/December 9, 2005

Upcoming Programs in Fruit and Vegetable Production and Pest Management

For those whose interests include pesticides, pest management, soil fertility, and marketing for fruit and vegetable crops, University of Illinois Extension organizes or co-organizes several winter educational programs, as do nearby states. Here is a partial list of what is slated in and around Illinois for the 2005-2006 winter season.

January 5
Illiana Vegetable Growers School

Teibel's Restaurant, Schererville, Indiana, at the junction of routes 41 and 30. The program begins at 8:00 a.m., and the registration fee is $20. For details, contact Liz Maynard (219-785-5673, purduenwhort@pnc.edu). The program agenda will be posted online by early December.

January 11-12
Illinois Organic Production Conference

Interstate Center, 2301 West Market Street, Bloomington, Illinois. The program runs from 1:00 p.m. on January 11 through 3:30 p.m. on January 12, and the early registration fee (until December 20) is $85. The agenda includes a general session and breakout tracks focusing on field crops, specialty crops, livestock, and miscellaneous issues. For more information, contact Dan Anderson at (217-333-1588, aslan@uiuc.edu). Program information is available online.

January 17-19
Illinois Specialty Crops Conference

Crowne Plaza, Springfield, Illinois. This statewide conference is organized by University of Illinois Extension and the Illinois Specialty Growers Association. The program will begin at 9:45 a.m. on January 17; there will be two days of general sessions and concurrent tracks on fruits, vegetables, and herbs, as well as a fourth track on cross-cutting issues including farm marketing, insurance, liability, labor, food safety, and irrigation. A full-day postconference workshop focusing on tomato and sweet corn production and pest management is scheduled for January 19. The program is available online; click on the "More" link under the Convention Update heading on the right side of the page. For more information, contact Diane Handley at the Illinois Specialty Growers Association (309-557-2107, handley@ilfb.org).

January 23-25
Indiana Horticultural Congress

Adam's Mark Hotel near the Indianapolis airport. The program includes sessions on farm marketing, agritourism, and fruit and vegetable production and pest management. Topics on the vegetable program include greenhouse diagnostics, downy mildew of cucurbits, pumpkin production, vegetable herbicides, sweet corn and melon varieties, and beneficial insects. For details, contact Danielle Sheese (765-494-1301, dlinback@purdue.edu). The program will be posted online.

January 26
Illinois Horseradish Growers School

Gateway Convention Center, Collinsville, Illinois. The program will include updates on breeding efforts, tissue culture for maintaining germplasm, research on disease-free propagation, hydroponics, soil amendments, postharvest storage, insect scouting, an IPM survey, and variety trial evaluations. For more information, contact Elizabeth Wahle (618-692-9434, wahle@uiuc.edu).

February 7 and 8
Southern Illinois Tree Fruit Schools

Mount Vernon on February 7, Hardin on February 8. For more information, contact Elizabeth Wahle (618-692-9434, wahle@uiuc.edu), or as the dates approach check for information at "News for Southern Illinois Growers".

February 9
Kankakee Area Vegetable Growers School

Location to be announced. For more information, contact Maurice Ogutu (708-352-0109, ogutu@uiuc.edu).

February 16
Southern Illinois Vegetable School

Mount Vernon Holiday Inn. For more information, contact Elizabeth Wahle (618-692-9434, wahle@uiuc.edu), or as the dates approach check for information at "News for Southern Illinois Growers".

March 7-8
Small Fruit and Strawberry Schools

Mount Vernon Holiday Inn. For more information, contact Elizabeth Wahle (618-692-9434, wahle@uiuc.edu) or Bronwyn Aly (618-695-2444, baly@uiuc.edu). As the dates approach, check for information at "News for Southern Illinois Growers".

--Rick Weinzierl

Richard Weinzierl

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