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Issue No. 13, Article 1/June 22, 2007

Corn and Soybean Insects Discussed at Crop Session

Producers, agribusiness dealers, and crop scouts can gain timely information on corn and soybean insects at a workshop on Thursday, June 28. Corn rootworm, soybean aphid, and western bean cutworm are some of the insect pests that will be discussed at the Crops Training Center at the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center, 14509 University Road, Shabbona.

The workshop will address field crop insect issues that have occurred and those expected to occur through July in northern Illinois. An overview of insect research efforts in 2007, with some background from previous years, will also be shared. Presenters will be Dr. Kevin Steffey, University of Illinois Extension entomologist, and (via teleconference) Dr. Marlin Rice, Iowa State University Extension entomologist.

The workshop will include hands-on samples, handout materials, and viewing of field trials (weather permitting). Continuing education units have been applied for for Certified Crop Advisers.

Registration begins at 8:30 am, with the workshop conducted from 9:00 a.m. to noon (lunch not provided). The cost is $25 per person; reservations are due by June 23 to Whiteside County Extension, c/o Greg Clark, 100 E. Knox Street, Morrison, IL 61270; 815-772-4075. Make check payable to University of Illinois Extension.

A brochure for the workshop is available from Whiteside County Extension and other Extension offices in northern Illinois. A minimum of 20 reservations is needed.

The final workshop for the summer will be August 8 on weed competition and foliar diseases of corn and soybean. The programs are sponsored by University of Illinois Extension.--Greg Clark

Greg Clark

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