No. 18 Article 1/July 22, 2005

Training Session to Focus on Nutrient Management and Tough Weeds

"Nutrient Management in Corn" and "Managing the Tough Weeds of Northern Illinois" will be the focus of a workshop for producers, agribusiness dealers, and crop scouts on August 10 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.

The nutrient management portion will address corn rotation, nitrogen rate trials, and the use of the SPAD meter and other means of detecting the nitrogen status of corn. Nitrogen use by corn and the economics of nitrogen fertilization also will be discussed. Dr. Emerson Nafziger, Extension crop specialist, will lead the discussion.

The tough weeds session will address effective and environmentally sound management strategies for problem weeds in northern Illinois, including giant ragweed and bur cucumber. These pests are examples of weeds that have adapted to current agronomic production practices. Dr. Aaron Hager, Extension weed control specialist, will make the presentation.

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., with the program running from 9:00 a.m. to noon (lunch not provided). The cost is $25 per person; reservations are due by August 3 to the Quad Cities Extension Center, c/o Dave Feltes, 4550 Kennedy Drive, Suite 2, East Moline, IL 61244; (309)792-2500. Make checks payable to University of Illinois Extension. A minimum of 20 reservations is needed to conduct the workshop.

This is the last workshop for the summer at the Crops Training Center. Thanks to all of you who have attended and supported these educational sessions.--Jim Morrison

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