No. 24 Article 8/November 3, 2006

Registration for the 2007 Illinois Crop Protection Technology Conference and Corn & Soybean Classics Now "Open"

Online registration for the University of Illinois Crop Protection Technology Conference and Corn & Soybean Classics is up and running. You can register for either or both programs by visiting the conference pages on our IPM Web site. After you select the program of interest, you can learn more about the program on the pages that have been developed specifically for the Conference or the Classics. A "Registration" tab is available for each program, and the registration process is simple.

Illinois Crop Protection Technology Conference. You can view a pdf copy of the program for the 2007 Illinois Crop Protection Technology Conference by clicking on the "Program" tab. More information about the program is available if you click on the "Session Schedule" tab. Each presentation should include link a link to an abstracts of the presentations and a photograph of the speaker. In addition, links to maps of the Illini Union will help you locate the rooms in which all of the sessions will be held.

We will offer no "keynote address" in the Opening Session of the conference in 2007. Instead, after a brief welcome, we will get into a discussion about things that happened during the 2006 season and forecasts for the 2007 season. Each of the speakers will give a brief overview of the 2006 growing season regarding weather (Angel) crop production (Nafziger), weeds (Hager), soybean rust and other corn and soybean diseases (Bissonnette), nematodes (Niblack) and insects (Steffey). We will allow ample time for questions and answer, encouraging interaction between the speakers and audience. The session will be moderated by Todd Gleason, Media Communications Specialist with Information Technology and Communications Services in the College of ACES.

Concurrent, issues-based symposia make up the conference during the afternoon of January 3 and the morning of January 4. Titles for the six symposia that will be offered were provided in issue No. 24 (November 3, 2006) of the Bulletin. We will close the conference in 2007 with a frank discussion about strengthening the partnership between the University of Illinois and the Illinois agribusiness community. Jean Payne (President, Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association) and Bob Hoeft (Head, Department of Crop Sciences) will share some thoughts and ideas, but we really want to hear your feedback and consider your input. We invite everyone to attend this session before departing for home by 1:15 p.m.

Corn & Soybean Classics. The schedule and program for the six Corn & Soybean Classics meetings can be viewed here. Meeting dates and locations also are listed, and the registration page is "live." I invite you to join us as we present the Classics for the 10th year in 2007.

We hope you are able to join us at either the Illinois Crop Protection Technology Conference or the Corn & Soybean Classics, or both. Please help us spread the word about both programs. We’ll see you in 2007.--Kevin Steffey

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