Two pest management programs that should be of great interest to many people in Illinois will be presented via Latitude Bridge in February and March 2004. "Soybean Aphids--What We Learned in 2003, and How We'll Manage These Pests in the Future" will be presented by entomologists from four states on February 5, 2004. Marlin Rice (Iowa State University), Ken Ostlie (University of Minnesota), Eileen Cullen (University of Wisconsin), and entomologists from the University of Illinois will deliver the program from their respective campuses to audiences throughout the four-state region. Two pest resistance programs will be presented on March 5 and March 12. Kevin Steffey and Aaron Hager will discuss issues associated with insect resistance and weed resistance, respectively, on March 5. Dean Malvick and Terry Niblack will discuss issues associated with plant pathogen resistance and nematode resistance, respectively, on March 12.
The Latitude Bridge enables presenters to deliver a program from a central location over the Internet to audiences at numerous locations. The programs will be hosted by county or regional extension offices that can project PowerPoint slides and receive audio input. The presenters control the slides and offer commentary as the slides are shown. Listeners will be able to interact with the presenters, asking questions and offering observations.
We will provide specifics about these programs in a future issue of the Bulletin. Announcements also will be released by county or regional extension offices that will host the programs, so keep your eye on the local press. We hope you can participate in one or both of the programs.--Kevin Steffey