Field Crop In-Depth Workshops on Insects and Diseases

June 25, 1999
Producers and agribusiness professionals who want to know more than the basics about pest management will want to attend the Field Crop In-Depth Workshops on Insects and Diseases. The workshops will be held at the Crops Training Center, Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center, near Shabbona, Illinois.

The In-Depth Insects Workshop will be held on July 14, 1999. Emphasis will be on new technology, management strategies, and outlook for corn rootworms, European corn borer, potato leafhopper, bean leaf beetle, and grasshoppers. Beneficial insects also will be identified and discussed. Certified Crop Advisor credits (5.5 in IPM) have been approved for this workshop.

The In-Depth Disease Workshop will be held on August 19, 1999. The workshop will focus on field crop disease management; basics of disease identification; and recent research findings and strategies for short- and long-term management of sudden death syndrome (SDS), Sclerotinia white mold, and nematodes (both in corn and soybeans). Individuals attending are encouraged to bring one soil sample for screening for soybean cyst nematodes (SCN). Certified Crop Advisor credits (6.0 in IPM) have been approved for this workshop.

The format for both workshops will consist of informal, interactive, classroom and in-field sessions. The programs are scheduled to start at 9:00 am and adjourn by 3:30 pm. The preregistration fee for either of the workshops is $55 and is due one week before the program date. The late registration fee is $75. The fee includes course materials and lunch. Additional information and registration forms for either of these workshops are available from the Rockford Extension Center at (815)397-7714 or Ellen Phillips at (630)833-2171, phillipse@mail.aces.uiuc.edu.--Ellen Phillips

Author: Ellen Phillips