No. 24 Article 1/November 5, 2004

2005 Crop Protection Technology Conference--Topics Announced

Preparations continue for the 57th annual Illinois Crop Protection Technology Conference, to be held at the University of Illinois Illini Union, Urbana, January 5 and 6. Participants will be able to tailor their own programs and select from among 65 hours of Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) continuing education credits (41 credits in IPM, 6 credits in soil and water, 13 credits in crop production, 2 credits in crop management, and 3 credits in nutrient management). By attending the keynote session and selecting those symposia and specialized sessions of most interest, participants can earn up to 10 CCA credits at the conference. Provided here is an outline of the 2005 program. Each symposium and specialized session will be offered twice.

Keynote Session--Global Issues: Local Impact

Predicting Climatological Change in the Great Lakes Region: The Reality of the Issue

Climatological Changes: Implications for Agriculture

Elevated Ozone and Carbon Dioxide: Implications for Agriculture

Influence of Elevated Ozone and Carbon Dioxide on Insect Densities

Symposium A--Asian Soybean Rust: Outlook for 2005

Current Status and Breeding for Resistance

Models and Dispersal for Asian Soybean Rust

Management of Asian Soybean Rust

Symposium B--Western Corn Rootworms: A Season to Forget or Remember?

Movement of Variant Western Corn Rootworm Adults Among and Between Fields

Insecticidal Seed Treatments and Soil Insecticides for Corn Rootworm Control

Transgenic YieldGard Rootworm Hybrid Stumbles in Urbana Experiment: Why?

Update on the Range Expansion of the Variant Western Corn Rootworm in Indiana and Illinois

Symposium C--Disease Management Through Foliar Fungicide Application

Management of Soybean Foliar Diseases with Fungicides

Do Foliar Fungicides Have a Place in Corn Production?

Management of Wheat Diseases with Fungicides

Symposium D--Transgenic Issues

Delivering on the Biotech Promise Today and in the Not-So-Distant Future

The Future of Insect Resistance Management: Balancing Ecology, Evolution, and Economics to Determine Best Management Practices

Glyphosate-Resistant Weeds in Illinois: Way Down the Road or Right Around the Corner?

Symposium E--Emerging Crop Production and Protection Issues

What Happened to IPM in the Management of Insects and Diseases in Soybeans?

How Early Is Too Early to Plant?

Western Bean Cutworm: Lessons Learned from Iowa, Expectations for Illinois

Robotics in Agriculture

Symposium F--Regulatory Issues and Resource Management

What Happened to the Pesticides in the Groundwater Management Plan?

Developing Nutrient Standards in Illinois

Soil and Water Quality for Conservation Security Program

Economic Benefits of Conservation Drainage

Specialized Sessions

1. Aquatic Weed Management

2. On-Farm Research: If I Like the Results, It Must Be Real Science

3. Alfalfa Production Management Steps to Greater Profits

4. The Quality of Soil Testing: Expectations, Perceptions, and Reality

5. The Importance of Spray Droplet Size for Ground and Aerial Applications

6. Cyberfarm 2005

7. Asian Soybean Rust: Sampling Protocol, Thresholds, and Scouting

8. The Influence of Soil Physical and Chemical Properties on Herbicide Availability and Degradation

9. Soybean Aphid Management Update: What to Select from a Variety of Pest Management Tools

10. Injury Across the Landscape: When Herbicide Applications Go Awry

11. Troubleshooting Pest Management Challenges in Field Crops

12. Fungicide Basics for Field Crops

13. Secondary Insect Management

14. Wheat Management for the 21st Century: Updating the Old, Introducing the New

15. Corn Nematodes: The Hidden Enemies

For information about the content of the program, please contact one of the program co-chairs: Mike Gray (, 217-333-6652), Suzanne Bissonnette (, 217-333-4901), Aaron Hager (, 217-333-4424), Dean Malvick (, 217-265-5166), and Sandy Osterbur (, 217-244-2124).

To register for the 2005 Crop Protection Technology Conference, please visit this Web site. This site describes four easy ways to register for the conference. You may also register for the conference by calling (217) 333-2880 or using the toll-free number (877)455-2687.

Early registration is recommended. The preregistration fee is $110 and must be received by December 17. After December 17, participants will be assessed a registration fee of $140. We look forward to a great conference!--Mike Gray and Sandy Osterbur

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