Crop producers, agribusiness dealers, and crop scouts are invited to participate in a workshop on July 24 emphasizing field crop insects and exotic weed and insect species. The workshop will be conducted at the Crops Training Center at the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center, 14509 University Road, Shabbona, and is sponsored by University of Illinois Extension.|
Dr. Kevin Steffey, Extension entomologist, will discuss current developments, the present situation, and the outlook for corn rootworms, European corn borer, soybean aphid, potato leafhopper, and other "insects of the moment." Dr. Rob Wiedenmann, Illinois Natural History Survey, will address exotic and invasive species, including garlic mustard, buckthorn, purple loosestrife, and others. Traditional and new biological control methods for these pests will be discussed.
The workshop will include classroom sessions and in-field demonstrations. Continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisers have been applied for.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the workshop will be conducted from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. The cost is $20.00 per person, and reservations are due by July 15 to the Quad Cities Extension Center, c/o Dave Feltes, 4550 Kennedy Drive, Suite 2, East Moline, IL 61244; telephone (309)792-2500. A minimum of 25 reservations are needed to conduct the workshop. Brochures are available at Extension offices.--Jim Morrison and Dave Feltes