Registration open for 2018 Crop Management Conferences
University of Illinois Extension
Â URBANA, Ill. â€“ Registration for the 2018 Crop Management Conferences is now open. These regional conferences, established by University of Illinois Extensionâ€™s commercial agriculture team, provide a forum for discussion and interaction between participants and university researchers. The team is looking forward to introducing new specialists from the U of I, and have out-of-state specialists join at Mt. Vernon and Malta.
In early October 2017, the U.S. EPA approved revised labels for XtendiMax, FeXapan, and Engenia. In addition to being classified as restricted use pesticides, the labels now require applicators to attend an annual dicamba or Group 4 herbicide-specific training prior to using the products.
At 4 p.m., at each conference location, industry educators will provide a one-hourÂ â€œDicamba Training for Illinois.â€ This training will meet the new educational requirements.
Certified Crop Advisers can earn up to eight hours of continuing education credit. Advance registrationâ€”no later than one week before each conferenceâ€”is $100 per person. Late and on-site registration is $120. Dates and locations along with a link to location-specific agendas and online registration are listed below.
Jan. 24 â€“ Mt. Vernon â€“ DoubleTree by Hilton
Jan. 31 â€“ Springfield â€“ Brookens Auditorium â€“ University of Illinois Springfield
Feb. 7 â€“ Champaign â€“ I-Hotel
Feb. 21 â€“ Malta â€“ Kishwaukee College
Â 2018 topics include:Â
- Insect Management in Corn and SoybeansÂ â€“ Â Nick Seiter, University of Illinois,Â Department of Crop Sciences
- How Do We Measure Success with Dicamba in 2018? Â â€“ Aaron Hager, University of Illinois, Department of Crop SciencesÂ Â (Mt. Vernon , Springfield, Champaign)
- New Things Floating Around in the World of Weed ManagementÂ â€“ William Johnson, Purdue University, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology (Malta)Â Â
- Crop Economics in a Continuing and New Normal Price EnvironmentÂ â€“. Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Economics
- Chippinâ€™ Away at Nitrate Loss with Woodchip BioreactorsÂ â€“ Â Laura Christianson, University of Illinois, Department of Crop Sciences
- Introductions and Updates in Field Crop DiseasesÂ â€“ Â Nathan Kleczewski, University of Illinois, Department of Crop Sciences (Springfield, Champaign, Malta)
- Managing Winter Wheat for Profitable YieldsÂ â€“ Â Carrie Knott, University of Kentucky, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences (Mt. Vernon)
- Designing Crops of the Future for Maximum Efficiency and ProductivityÂ â€“ Â Anthony Studer, University of Illinois, Department of Crop SciencesÂ (Mt. Vernon, Springfield, Champaign)
- Identification and Management of the Yield Gap in SoybeanÂ â€“ Â Shawn Conley, University of Wisconsin, Department of Agronomy (Malta)
- Explaining the 2017 Growing SeasonÂ â€“ Â Emerson Nafziger, University of Illinois,Â Department of Crop Sciences