For the seventh consecutive year, University of Illinois Extension specialists will offer Corn and Soybean Classic meetings at several sites in January. The response to these meetings has been very positive, and we always look forward to the interactions there. If you have attended one or more meetings in the past, we hope to see you again in 2004. If you have never attended, make a point to attend in 2004.
We believe we have another informative program for 2004, with speakers who will address critical issues in crop production and crop protection. After a series of relatively brief presentations (usually 25 minutes each) in both the morning and afternoon, we hold panel discussions with the audience for about 30 minutes. The interaction usually is one of the highlights of the meetings.
Following are dates, locations, certified crop advisor credit (CCA) information, and a list of the presentations that will be given at each meeting.
Dates and Locations
- 1/13--Bloomington (Interstate Center)
- 1/14--Rochelle (Hickory Grove Banquet Center)
- 1/15--Moline (Mark of the Quad Cities)
- 1/20--Mt. Vernon (Holiday Inn)
- 1/21--Collinsville (Holiday Inn)
- 1/22--Springfield (Crowne Plaza)
Topics and Speakers
- Chasing High Corn and Soybean Yields--Emerson Nafziger
- Do You Need Micronutrient Soil Tests?--Bob Hoeft
- Developments in Agricultural Drainage in Illinois--Richard Cook
- Interactions Between Weather and Crop Disease--Dean Malvick
- The Soybean Checkoff Wants to Give Back $$$ That SCN Is Taking Away--Terry Niblack
- Methods, Performance, and Price Impacts of USDA Crop Forecasts--Darrell Good
- The Changing Picture in Insect Management: New Tactics, New Invasive Pests, and Unknown Relationships--Kevin Steffey or Mike Gray
- The Wise, the Unwise, and the Otherwise: The Spectrum of Weed Management Practices--Aaron Hager
Certified Crop Advisor Credits
- Nutrient Management--1.0
- Crop Management--1.0
- Integrated Pest Management--3.0
- Soil and Water Management--1.0
A preregistration form (pdf) in this issue details your advance registration options and costs. You can register on site ($50) by bringing the form and your payment on the date of your chosen conference. On-site registration will begin at 8:15 a.m., and each conference will adjourn at 3:15 p.m. Travel schedules may require changes in the order of speakers.
If you have questions about registration or scheduling, please contact Conferences and Institutes at (217)333-2880. If you have questions about the program content, contact Bob Hoeft at (217)333-4424. We hope to see you at one of the Classics.--Kevin Steffey