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Issue No. 24, Article 2/November 9, 2007

Announcing the 2008 University of Illinois Corn & Soybean Classics

As the current harvest draws to a close, we take a moment to reflect on the growing season recently completed. Many individuals who are involved with some facet of crop production and pest management gleaned new information and insight from a variety of sources in 2007, including research projects, questions posed, challenges encountered, and numerous other issues encompassed by this growing season. Currently, many of us in the Department of Crop Sciences and University of Illinois Extension are assimilating and compiling the information generated from applied and basic research programs into a format that will be shared with our clientele through a variety of winter educational programs.

On behalf of my colleagues, I would like to take this opportunity to announce details of the 2008 University of Illinois Corn & Soybean Classics. All those involved with program planning and delivery have worked diligently to ensure that the 2008 Classics continue the tradition of providing the most current and timely information related to crop production and pest management. The 2008 program, with a format similar to previous years emphasizing crop production, pest management, and economics as well as the interactions among them, will begin about 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:00 or 3:30 p.m. Market updates will be provided throughout the day, and communication between speakers and participants is encouraged. Question-and-answer sessions are scheduled for both morning and afternoon. A noon lunch and a proceedings booklet with synopses of all presentations will be provided to each registrant.

These are the dates and meeting locations for the 2008 Corn & Soybean Classics:

  • January 14: Whittington (Rend Lake Conference Center)
  • January 15: Springfield (Crowne Plaza)
  • January 16: Moline (i wireless Center, formerly The Mark)
  • January 17: Malta (Kishwaukee College)
  • January 18: Bloomington (Interstate Center)

Speakers will address the following topics:

  • Darrel Good: Corn and Soybean BasisWill Weakness Persist?
  • Fabián Fernández: Is Strip-Tillage Right for You?
  • Gary Schnitkey: Corn and Soybean ReturnsPast and Present
  • Carl Bradley: Foliar Fungicides for CornJust Another Management Tool, or the Only Tool Needed?
  • Mike Gray: Corn Rootworm Management in a Triple-Stack "World"
  • Terry Niblack: Secrets of Interpreting Nematode Lab Results for Corn and Soybean
  • Emerson Nafziger: Is Corn Following Corn the New "Standard"?
  • Kevin Steffey: Soybean Aphids and Soybean DefoliatorsAre We Making Progress?
  • Aaron Hager: Consternations of the Waterhemp Conundrum

You can register for the 2008 Classics by visiting or by contacting Sandy Osterbur (217-244-2124; saosterb@uiuc.edu). If you need additional information or have questions about the program, please feel free to contact me.--Aaron Hager

Aaron Hager

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