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Issue No. 23, Article 1/October 6, 2006

Dates for Some Forthcoming Educational Programs

Many of us in the Department of Crop Sciences and University of Illinois Extension are in the midst of planning winter educational programs. As we leave summer and enter fall, now seems like a good time to make you aware of the dates of some of our meetings. More details will follow next month.

The 2007 Illinois Crop Protection Technology Conference will be held on January 3 and 4 in the Illini Union on the University of Illinois campus. This program has been held annually since 1949, and the 2007 version promises to remain true to its objective--to provide an educational program focused on the proper, timely, and wise use of crop protection products to serve both agriculture and the environment.

The opening session for everyone will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 3. After lunch, three issues-based symposia, held concurrently, are scheduled for 1:00 to 2:45 p.m. and are repeated from 3:15 to 5:00 p.m. The educational program resumes at 8:00 a.m. Thursday with three different issues-based symposia, again held concurrently, and repeated from 10:15 a.m. to noon. Box lunches will be provided during the closing session, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., which will focus on relationships between ag industry and universities and discussion of ways to strengthen the partnership. We are excited about the possible outcomes from this session, so we offer an early invitation for you to attend to offer your feedback and suggestions. A printed proceedings and the 2007 Illinois Agricultural Pest Management Handbook will be provided as part of the registration fee.

As I write this, the program for the 2007 University of Illinois Corn & Soybean Classics is still being developed, although the list of topics is set--fungal diseases, fall-applied nitrogen, changing crop demand, managing corn borers and rootworms in corn, waterhemp, continuous corn, soybean cyst nematode resistance, economics of growing more corn, and soybean aphid management for 2007. The six dates and locations also have been set:

  • January 16, Springfield (Crowne Plaza)
  • January 17, Collinsville (Holiday Inn)
  • January 18, Mt. Vernon (Holiday Inn)
  • January 23, Bloomington (Interstate Center)
  • January 24, Malta (Kishwaukee College)
  • January 25, Moline (The Mark)

Each program will be held from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 or 3:30 p.m. (times have not yet been finalized), with lunch included in the registration. A printed proceedings and other handout materials also are provided.

Although the Web sites for the two previously mentioned programs are still under construction, you might want to bookmark www.ipm.uiuc.edu/conferences for future reference. We will post all registration and information about the programs on this site, so stay tuned.

Also currently under development are the 2007 regional Illinois Crop Management Conferences, to be held on the following dates at three locations:

  • January 30-31, Rend Lake Resort and Conference Center
  • February 13-14, Route 66 Hotel and Conference Center, Springfield
  • February 20-21, Kishwaukee College

Each two-day conference will have a regional focus for producers and ag professionals in southern, central, or northern Illinois, respectively. The programs, which include opening and closing sessions of broad interest and more focused specialized sessions, are being developed by University of Illinois Extension educators in crop systems and IPM, with input from campus specialists. These regional conferences offer more hands-on experiences and in-depth discussions.

So mark your calendars. All of these educational programs offer different perspectives and opportunities for interaction, and we hope they cover the broad spectrum of educational needs of the many people involved in midwestern agriculture. Look for more detailed information about these programs in the next two issues of the Bulletin.--Kevin Steffey

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Kevin Steffey

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