University of Illinois

No. 5/April 24, 1998

Crop Production Update

If you want to get the most current information about crop conditions and pest problems throughout Illinois, dial in to the weekly "Crop Production Update" TeleNet program. After University of Illinois Extension specialists provide brief updates of crop development and production problems and opportunities, the program will be opened to receive reports,comments, and questions from the listeners. For each session, we will try to have at least one specialist from each of the following areas: entomology, weed science, soil fertility, corn and wheat production, soybean production, tillage and machinery, and plant pathology. To participate, dial 1-800-347-8268; after the beep, dial 2767. Calls will be accepted starting at 9:00 a.m., and sign-in will last until all lines are full. Slightly fewer than 90 lines will be available for each session, so we recommend that you dial in early. The program will start at 9:05 and conclude at 10:00 a.m. The 5 minutes between 9:00 and 9:05 a.m. will allow folks in the TeleNet office to make connections.

Because TeleNet is a voice-activated system, we request that you not use a speakerphone unless it is located in an area where you can control external noise. The system allows only one person at a time to speak. Therefore, if you begin to talk while someone else is speaking, you are cut off. Wait until that person is finished, then ask your question or offer your comment. We ask that you be as concise as possible with your comments to allow as many callers as possible to get their questions answered during the hour-long program. Also, remember that this session may include about 100 people throughout Illinois, so please formulate your questions with that in mind.

Dates of the TeleNets are April 27; May 4, 11, 18, and 27; June 2, 8, 15, 22, and 29; July 7, 13, 20, and 27. We look forward to your participation.

Bob Hoeft (, Extension Soil Fertility, (217)333-4424, and Kevin Steffey (, Extension Entomology, (217)333-6652