No. 23 Article 1/October 7, 2005

Mark Your Calendar for Some University of Illinois Educational Programs

As the season for fall and winter meetings approaches, faculty and staff at the University of Illinois have been planning educational programs that we believe will improve your understanding of the crop protection and crop production issues we faced in 2005, with consideration for lessons learned and planning for the future. Early in 2006, we intend to provide a "curriculum" of educational programs that will enable you to obtain the type of continuing education that meets your needs. Three types of programs are highlighted, with much more detail to be presented in the near future. Please stay tuned for information about registration and details about each program.

Crop Protection Technology Conference, January 4 and 5. As usual, we begin our educational programming year with the Crop Protection Technology Conference--formerly the Illinois Agricultural Pesticides Conference, formerly the Illinois Custom Spray Operators Training School. This program has been held annually since 1949, with the overall objective of focusing on proper, timely, and wise use of crop-protection products to serve both agriculture and the environment. Held on the University of Illinois campus, the 2006 conference has been streamlined to include an opening session for all participants, six issue-focused symposia, and a new closing session for all participants. Following are program highlights, with details forthcoming:

University of Illinois Corn and Soybean Classics. We will stage the ninth version of this highly successful program on the following dates:

The program for the Classics is still under construction, but topics will include nitrogen rates and management, weed management, managing insects in corn and soybeans, managing soybean cyst nematodes, soybean rust, and marketing risks. The speakers will be Suzanne Bissonnette, Darrell Good, Mike Gray, Aaron Hager, Emerson Nafziger, Terry Niblack, Gary Schnitkey, and Kevin Steffey.

University of Illinois Regional Crop Management Workshops. Conducted for the first time in 2005, these workshops are being retooled to focus primarily on regional issues and to provide a forum for more hands-on, in-depth discussions. The workshops will be held on the following dates:

The programs are being created by committees of Extension educators and specialists. We will make every attempt to reduce redundancies among the programs so that they are complementary rather than repetitive.

Once again, more information about registration and program details will be provided in the near future. In the meantime, please mark these dates on your calendar, and plan to join as at one or more of these educational events.--Kevin Steffey

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