No. 19 Article 1/July 30, 2004

Training Session to Focus on Late-Season Agronomic Topics

Producers, agribusiness dealers, and crop scouts are invited to participate in "Disease, Invasive Species, and Crop Management Issues," a workshop on August 25 in DeKalb County. The workshop, to be conducted at the Crops Training Center at the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center, 14509 University Road, Shabbona, is sponsored by University of Illinois Extension.

Classroom discussion and in-field demonstrations (weather permitting) will include gray leaf spot of corn, wheat scab, and late-season soybean diseases. In addition, biological control of invasive weed species, for example, purple loosestrife and garlic mustard, will be discussed. Lastly, crop development progress and yield estimation for corn and soybean will be included. Leading the discussion will be Drs. Dean Malvick, Extension plant pathologist; Rob Wiedenmann, Illinois Natural History Survey; and Emerson Nafziger, Extension crop specialist.

Continuing education units have been applied for for certified crop advisers.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m., and the workshop will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Lunch is not provided. The cost is $25 per person, and reservations are due by August 16 to the Quad Cities Extension Center, c/o Dave Feltes, 4550 Kennedy Drive, Suite 2, East Moline, IL 61244; phone (309)792-2500. Make checks payable to University of Illinois Extension. A minimum of 20 reservations is needed to conduct the workshop.--Jim Morrison

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