URBANA, Ill. – Registration for the 2018 Crop Management Conferences is now open. These regional conferences, established by University of Illinois Extension’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-hour “Dicamba Training for Illinois.” This training will meet the new educational requirements.
Certified Crop Advisers can earn up to eight hours of continuing education credit. Advance registration—no later than one week before each conference—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 – Mt. Vernon – DoubleTree by Hilton
Jan. 31 – Springfield – Brookens Auditorium – University of Illinois Springfield
Feb. 7 – Champaign – I-Hotel
Feb. 21 – Malta – Kishwaukee College
2018 topics include:
- Insect Management in Corn and Soybeans – Nick Seiter, University of Illinois, Department of Crop Sciences
- How Do We Measure Success with Dicamba in 2018? – Aaron Hager, University of Illinois, Department of Crop Sciences (Mt. Vernon , Springfield, Champaign)
- New Things Floating Around in the World of Weed Management – William Johnson, Purdue University, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology (Malta)
- Crop Economics in a Continuing and New Normal Price Environment –. Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois, Department of Agriculture and Consumer Economics
- Chippin’ Away at Nitrate Loss with Woodchip Bioreactors – Laura Christianson, University of Illinois, Department of Crop Sciences
- Introductions and Updates in Field Crop Diseases – Nathan Kleczewski, University of Illinois, Department of Crop Sciences (Springfield, Champaign, Malta)
- Managing Winter Wheat for Profitable Yields – Carrie Knott, University of Kentucky, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences (Mt. Vernon)
- Designing Crops of the Future for Maximum Efficiency and Productivity – Anthony Studer, University of Illinois, Department of Crop Sciences (Mt. Vernon, Springfield, Champaign)
- Identification and Management of the Yield Gap in Soybean – Shawn Conley, University of Wisconsin, Department of Agronomy (Malta)
- Explaining the 2017 Growing Season – Emerson Nafziger, University of Illinois, Department of Crop Sciences