No. 11 Article 1/June 3, 2005

Training Session to Focus on Midsummer Insect Issues

"Mid-Summer Insect Pests: Population Assessment and Management Issues" is the theme of a workshop for producers, agribusiness dealers, and crop scouts on June 27 in DeKalb County. The workshop, sponsored by University of Illinois Extension, will be conducted at the Crops Training Center at the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center, 14509 University Road, Shabbona.

Workshop topics will include assessing corn rootworm larval injury and efficacy of control products, including transgenic corn; sampling, assessing, and predicting soybean aphid populations; and a monitoring program for western bean cutworm. Dr. Kevin Steffey, Extension entomologist, will be the discussion leader. The workshop will include presentations, printed materials, hands-on samples, discussion, 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 program will be conducted from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon (lunch not provided). The cost is $25 per person, and reservations are due by June 20 to the Quad Cities Extension Center, c/o Dave Feltes, 4550 Kennedy Drive, Suite 2, East Moline, IL 61244; telephone (309)792-2500. Make checks payable to University of Illinois Extension. At least 20 reservations are needed to conduct the workshop.

Another workshop focusing on nutrient management and managing tough weeds of northern Illinois will be held August 10 at the Crops Training Center.--Dave Feltes

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