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Soil and water CCA credits offered at Illinois Tillage Seminars

Published December 15, 2011
Certified Crop Advisors needing CEU credits are encouraged to attend one of three Illinois Tillage Seminars focused on conservation tillage and agronomic stewardship from 8:50 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 23 in Mt. Vernon, Jan. 24 in Springfield, and Jan. 25 in Utica. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Five CEUs in soil and water management will be available at Springfield and Utica. The Mt. Vernon location will offer four soil and water units and one unit in integrated pest management.

National-recognized and state-recognized agronomists, environmental leaders and researchers will be featured speakers at these seminars. Speakers and topics have been chosen specifically for each area. The seminars will also include producer panels discussing tillage management. In Springfield and Utica, topics will include "Nutrient Placement in Strip Till" by University of Illinois associate professor Fabian Fernandez, "Keep it for the Crop 2025 Program" by Jean Payne, president at the Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association, and "How to Make Soil Smoke!" by resource soil scientist Frank Gibbs.

In addition, learn about cover crops and no-till from Mike Plumer, a retired University of Illinois Extension natural resources educator and researcher. Discover post emergent nitrogen options from GROWMARK manager of agronomy services Howard Brown and drainage water management options from Richard Cooke, an associate professor at the U of I Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

The Mount Vernon seminar will also feature Gibbs, Payne, Plumer, and Brown, but Fabian Fernandez will discuss "Nutrient Placement on Karst and Sodic Soils" and Southern Illinois University weed scientist Brian Young will discuss Palmer Amaranth.

A $25 pre-registration fee is due by Jan. 18. Seating is limited so registration will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Register online at or send your name, check and seminar location to the Champaign County Soil & Water Conservation District at 2110 West Park Court, Suite C. in Champaign.

If special accommodations are needed to attend, contact Joe Bybee at Agri-businesses interested in exhibit space should contact Marty McManus in the Illinois Department of Agriculture at

The seminars are co-sponsored by the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Natural Resource Conservation Service, the Illinois Department of Agriculture, University of Illinois Extension, Farm Credit Services, and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

For more information, go to or call 217-352-3536.