University of Illinois

No. 23/October 10, 1997

Get Psyched for the 50th Illinois Agricultural Pesticides Conference!

The 50th anniversary of the Illinois Agricultural Pesticides Conference (still called "Spray School" by many) will be at the Illini Union at the University of Illinois on January 6, 7, and 8, 1998. Our theme will be "Serving Agriculture and the Environment." This significant educational event may be the longest-running conference of its kind in the nation. I hope you are making plans to attend and help us celebrate. Please note that the conference will be held over 3 days next year. In addition to the regular features of the conference, we are planning a celebratory banquet for the evening of January 6. We also will include a few historical perspectives throughout the conference.

Education and discussion of agricultural issues and "what's new in crop protection" are still the paramount focus of the conference. As a teaser to elevate your interest in attending the conference, following are some of the highlighted sessions scheduled for the program:

  • Corn Rootworms in Illinois: A Mixture of Old and New Problems
  • Issue: Pesticide Drift and Spray-Tank Contamination
  • Biotechnology and Crop Production: Now and Forever?
  • Panel: Growers' and Retailers' Responsibilities and Liabilities for Pesticide Use
  • Emerging Agricultural/Environmental Issues (in Perspective)
  • New Developments from Industry
  • High-Tech Agriculture: Fad or Here to Stay?

Some of the hot topics to be discussed during the conference include rootworms in corn planted after soybeans, herbicide carryover, white mold, herbicide-resistant weeds, Roundup ReadyŽ corn, European corn borers and Bt-corn, soybean cyst nematodes, hypoxia, pesticides as endocrine disruptors, compaction, crop and weed competition, puckered soybeans, and remote sensing.

Mark the dates on your calendar and plan to attend. Encourage others to attend, too. In the next issue of this Bulletin, we will provide a pre-registration form, information about registering via the Web, and additional information about the program.
Kevin Steffey, Extension Entomology, (217)333-6652