No. 6 Article 6/May 1, 2009

Reviewing the 2009 Corn & Soybean Classics, Looking Ahead to 2010

By most every measure, the 2009 University of Illinois Corn & Soybean Classics were very successful. The Classics have developed and evolved since their inception in 1998, and the 12th iteration once again attracted excellent attendance, with almost 1,250 participants across the six venues. The sway of Mother Nature was felt during our meetings in Moline (abundant snowfall) and Malta (morning temperature of -21 degrees), but fortunately we were able to meet at these locations as planned. We strive with the Classics to provide the most current and timely information related to crop production and pest management.

Soon we will begin planning for the 2010 Classics. While January may seem a long way away, developing a program that emphasizes crop production, pest management, economics, and the interactions among them must begin the preceding spring. The topics presented next year will depend to some extent on developments during this growing season, and we would be very interested in your feedback about which crop production, pest management, and agricultural economics topics you would like to learn more about.

On behalf of all those associated with the Corn & Soybean Classics, I would like to thank everyone who made the 2009 meetings such a success. We look forward to visiting with you again in 2010.--Aaron Hager

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