U of I corn and soybean classic sessions to focus on critical issues for growers

U of I corn and soybean classic sessions to focus on critical issues for growers

By Bob Hoeft, University of Illinois

URBANA—The latest perspectives on critical issues in crop production and

protection for corn and soybean growers will highlight a series of regional conferences scheduled at six sites during Jan. 14-23, 2003.

The 2003 University of Illinois Corn and Soybean Classic will cover a wide array of “hot” topics, including tracking winter weeds, the future of weed control in soybeans, new tests for soybean cyst nematode, soybean seedling diseases, improving marketing performance, tillage for corn and soybeans, Japanese beetles and western corn rootworms, corn borers in Illinois, and fertilizing correctly.

Scheduled speakers include U of I Extension specialists Christy Sprague, Aaron Hager, Terry Niblack, Dean Malvick, Mike Gray, Kevin Steffey, Darrell Good, Emerson Nafziger, and Bob Hoeft.

The day-long programs are scheduled at the Interstate Center in Bloomington Jan. 14, the Hickory Grove Banquet Center in Rochelle on Jan. 15, the Mark of the Quad Cities in Moline on Jan. 16, the Holiday Inn in Mt. Vernon on Jan. 21, the Holiday Inn in Collinsville on Jan. 22, and the Crowne Plaza in Springfield on Jan. 23.

“We are presenting six regional meetings to provide as many corn and soybean growers across the state as possible with the opportunity to participate in multidisciplinary presentations on critical issues in the areas of crop production and plant protection,” said Bob Hoeft, soil fertility specialist with U of I Extension and program coordinator. “We have brought together many of the leading experts on these topics in a format that is designed to promote in-depth discussion and interaction.”

Registration at each site will begin at 8:15 a.m., with the first presentation starting at 8:45 a.m. Adjournment at each site is set for 3:15 p.m. Certified Crop Advisor credits will be offered in the following areas:

nutrient management (1.0), crop management (0.5), integrated pest management (4.0), and soil and water management (1.0).

The pre-registration fee for each session is $35, through Jan. 3, 2003. Late registration or registration at the door will be $50. The fee includes lunch and a copy of the session proceedings. There will be no refunds unless notification of cancellation is received at least one week prior to the meeting.

Registration is available by calling (217)333-2880 or toll-free at (877)455-2687. Additional information on all six of the 2003 Illinois Corn and Soybean Classic sessions is available by calling (217)333-4424.

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