No. 9 Article 1/May 25, 2007

Soybean Rust and Other Diseases Discussed at Crop Session

Producers, agribusiness dealers, and crop scouts can gain valuable information on corn and soybean diseases at a workshop on Friday, June 8. Symptoms and management of major corn and soybean diseases, including soybean rust, will be discussed at the Crops Training Center on the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center, 14509 University Road, Shabbona.

The workshop will provide an overview of early season corn and soybean diseases, including identification, symptoms, fungicide options and their performance, and management recommendations. Dr. Carl Bradley, University of Illinois, will lead this discussion. Dr. Bob Kemerait, University of Georgia, will address the current status of soybean rust, including management and fungicide efficacy data.

The workshop will include hands-on samples, handout materials, and in-field activities (weather permitting). Continuing education units have been applied for for Certified Crop Advisers.

Registration begins at 8:30 am, and the workshop will run from 9:00 am to noon (lunch not provided). The cost is $25; reservations are due by June 1 to Whiteside County Extension, c/o Greg Clark, 100 E. Knox Street, Morrison, IL 61270; 815-772-4075. Make your check payable to University of Illinois Extension. A brochure for the workshop is available from Whiteside County Extension and other Extension offices in northern Illinois. A minimum of 20 reservations is needed.

Additional workshops will be held June 28 (corn and soybean insect update) and August 8 (weed competition and foliar diseases of corn and soybean). The programs are sponsored by University of Illinois Extension.--Jim Morrison

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