No. 8 Article 1/May 13, 2005

Training Session to Focus on Asian Soybean Rust

Producers, agribusiness dealers, and crop scouts are invited to participate in an "Asian Soybean Rust" workshop on June 7 in DeKalb County. The workshop will be conducted at the Crops Training Center at the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center, 14509 University Road, Shabbona, and is sponsored by University of Illinois Extension.

The workshop will focus on scouting, identification, and current status of soybean rust and soybean rust look-alike diseases. In addition, requirements for effective soybean fungicide application will be discussed and illustrated. Dr. Dean Malvick, Extension plant pathologist, and Scott Bretthauer, Extension specialist in pesticide safety, will be the discussion leaders. The workshop will include presentations, handout materials, hands-on samples, and in-field activities (weather permitting).

Three continuing education units have been applied for for Certified Crop Advisers.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the workshop will be conducted from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon (lunch not provided). The cost is $25.00 per person, and reservations are due by May 26 to the Quad Cities Extension Center, c/o Dave Feltes, 4550 Kennedy Drive, Suite 2, East Moline, IL 61244, telephone (309)792-2500. Make check payable to University of Illinois Extension. A minimum of 20 reservations is needed to conduct the workshop.

Additional workshops will be held June 27 and August 10 focusing on soybean aphids and nutrient management/managing tough weeds, respectively.--Jim Morrison

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