No. 25 Article 3/December 8, 2006

Some Distance Education Events Are Scheduled for 2007

Three distinctly different workshops or short courses will be delivered by extension and research personnel in February and March 2007. Specialists will present from multiple locations to (depending on the program) multiple sites in Illinois, selected states, or all north-central states. Following is information about each of these educational events, with more specific information to come in "Alert" articles in the Bulletin online and in other promotional materials. Mark these on your calendars; you won't want to miss them.

Alfalfa Workshop, February 26, 2007. This workshop, intended for Illinois clientele, will include a variety of topicskeys to successful alfalfa establishment, insect concerns in 2007, natural enemies and insect pests of alfalfa, pricing alfalfa for sale, and Roundup Ready alfalfa. Presenters will be extension specialists and educators from the University of Illinois, Iowa State University, and the University of Wisconsin. For more information, contact Jim Morrison, Extension educator in crop systems, Rockford Extension Center, University of Illinois Extension (815-397-7714,

Western Bean Cutworm Short Course, February 28, 2007. This short course, intended for clientele in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, will focus on the western bean cutworm, an insect pest whose range has expanded very rapidly from western Iowa to eastern Ohio (2000 to 2006). Extension entomologists from the University of Illinois, Iowa State University, and the University of Wisconsin will present the program. Topics to be addressed:

Registration for this short course is not yet open, but look for it soon. For more information, contact David Feltes, Extension educator in IPM, Quad Cities Extension Center, University of Illinois Extension (309-792-2500,

Managing Soybean Aphids in 2007How Will Biological Control Contribute? March 6, 2007. Entomologists from throughout the Midwest will present a short course focused on managing soybean aphids in 2007, with emphasis on biological control, including conservation of natural enemies. Experts from several states will deliver the course by distance education technology to sites in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Receiving sites in all states will advertise the course locally.

General content will include history and biology of the soybean aphid, review of the soybean aphid situation, biological control of soybean aphids (What is it? What do we have to work with in the United States?), introducing new natural enemies into the United States, and preparing for soybean aphids in 2007 (management guidelines, and the potential for biological control: What is it we don't know that will help us in the future?)

Registration for this short course is open at the North Central IPM Web site. A one-page promotional piece has been created and posted to the registration site and to the Soybean Aphid Biological Control Web site (under "What's New in Soybean Aphid Biocontrol?") For more details about the course, contact Kevin Steffey, Extension specialist in entomology, Department of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois (217-244-2128,

We hope you can participate in one or more of these distance education events.--Kevin Steffey

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