Producers, agribusiness dealers, and crop scouts are invited to "Managing the Insects of Summer," sponsored by U of I Extension, on July 11. The workshop will be conducted at the Crops Training Center at the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center, 14509 University Road, Shabbona.
Discussion will focus on managing the new variant of western corn rootworm, including scouting guidelines, economic thresholds, and control products. The status of European corn borers and alternatives for management also will be discussed. Depending on the insect situation in early to mid-July, management updates for bean leaf beetles and soybean aphids may be presented. Dr. Kevin Steffey, Extension entomologist in the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois, will lead the discussion. The workshop will include classroom sessions and in-field, hands-on demonstrations. Three IPM continuing education units (CEUs) will be provided to certified crop advisers.
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 $25.00 per person. Reservations are due by July 4 at the Quad Cities Extension Center, c/o Dave Feltes, 4550 Kennedy Drive, Suite 2, East Moline, IL 61244, telephone (309)792-2500. Make checks payable to University of Illinois Extension. A minimum of 20 reservations are needed to conduct the workshop.--Jim Morrison