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Issue No. 7, Article 1/May 12, 2006

Soybean Rust and Nematodes Discussed at Crop Session

Producers, agribusiness dealers, and crop scouts can gain valuable information about three major crop diseases at a workshop to be held on Wednesday, June 7. Asian soybean rust and nematodes will be discussed at the Crops Training Center on the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center, 14509 University Road, Shabbona.

Drs. Suzanne Bissonnette, University of Illinois, and Ed Sikora, Auburn University, will lead the discussion about Asian soybean rust. They will discuss the current status of soybean rust, fungicide options, and other management recommendations. Symptoms, diagnosis, and management strategies for nematodes in corn and soybean will be addressed by Dr. Terry Niblack, University of Illinois.

The workshop will include hands-on samples, handouts, and in-field activities (weather permitting). Continuing education units have been applied for for Certified Crop Advisers.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.; the workshop runs from 9:00 a.m. to noon (lunch is not provided). The cost is $25 per person. Reservations are due by May 31 to Whiteside County Extension, c/o Greg Clark, 100 E. Knox Street, Morrison, IL 61270 (815-772-4075). Make checks payable to University of Illinois Extension. A brochure for the workshop is available from Whiteside County and other Extension offices in northern Illinois. A minimum of 20 reservations is needed.

Additional workshops will be held June 30 (summer insect pests) and August 9 (soil fertility and weed control management). The programs are sponsored by University of Illinois Extension.--Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison

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