Plan to Attend the 2000 Illinois Crop Protection Technology Conference

November 5, 1999
It's time to start making plans to attend the 2000 Illinois Crop Protection Technology Conference that will be held at the Illini Union on the University of Illinois campus on January 5 and 6. Many of you will soon receive a mailing that will include preregistration information and a copy of the program. However, if you do not receive this, you can use the form provided in this issue of the Bulletin to preregister.

The planning committee has put together an exciting and slightly more concise program for the conference. We will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 5, and adjourn at 3:10 p.m. on January 6. During that time, you will be able to sit in on some excellent and up-to-date presentations.

· Keynote Session: Agriculture and Crop Protection in the Next Millennium (Wednesday, January 5). Speakers include Joe Hampton, Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture; Bill Kirk, Senior Vice President, DuPont Agricultural Enterprise; Steve Pueppke, Associate Dean, Research/Agricultural Experiment Station, College of ACES at UIUC; Steve Sonka, Soybean Industry Endowed Chair in Agricultural Strategy and Director of the National Soybean Research Laboratory, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, UIUC; and Doug Wilson, current President of the Illinois Corn Growers Association.

· Weed Management Issues (Wednesday, January 5). Presentations will include discussion about crinkled soybeans, Balance injury, controlling palmer amaranth, Roundup Ready soybeans, weed control with Valor, chloracetomide herbicides, and a special retrospective by Dr. Marshal McGlamery.

· New Developments from Industry (Wednesday, January 5). Twelve companies will be represented, unless more mergers take place.

· Insects--Past, Present, and Future (Thursday, January 6). Presentations will include discussions of wireworms, white grubs, grape colaspis, and other secondary insects in corn; southwestern corn borer; western corn rootworms in soybeans; and insect-management lessons learned in the past 50 years, with a glimpse into the future.

· Regulatory and Best Management Issues (Thursday, January 6). Presentations will focus on pesticide misuse in 1999, total maximum daily loads (TMDLs), land applications and AFRAP, the Consumer Confidence Reporting Requirement, and results from a survey of dealers.

· Genetically Engineered Crops--Status and Issues (Thursday, January 6). Presentations will include discussions about making variety choices, reflections on Bt corn and associated issues, the use of Bt corn to control insects other than corn borers, and a glimpse at the future of transgenic corn for rootworm control.

· Climate, Digital Images, and Plant Disease Management Issues (Thursday, January 6). Concluding the program will be presentations focused on global climate change, digital imaging systems for plant and pest problem diagnoses, chemical control of wheat scab, sudden death syndrome, soybean cyst nematode, gray leaf spot, and the interaction of herbicides with plant diseases.

There is plenty to keep everyone interested during the two-day session, and, of course, there will be lots of time for interacting with your peers and visiting with friends.

I hope you can attend the 2000 Illinois Crop Protection Technology Conference. Again, please feel free to use the form at the back of this issue to preregister. In the meantime, have a happy Thanksgiving, and spend the next couple of months with friends and family. We'll have time soon enough to get busy again.--Kevin Steffey

Author: Kevin Steffey