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University of Illinois Agriculture Events

New programs are being confirmed every day. Keep in touch with your Extension Office for programs addressing the topics that interest you and are offered in your county. To find your counties website go to: http://web.aces.uiuc.edu/ve/

Statewide University of Illinois Extension Calendar Website

http://web.extension.uiuc.edu/cie2/offices/calendar.cfm

To search for programs throughout the state, check out Extension’s searchable calendar. Search by location, topic or date to find a program of interest.

Twilight Weed Control Tour

July 9, 2003, Shabbona

The annual Twilight Weed Control Tour will be held on Tuesday, July 9, 2003. The tour, which begins at 5:00 p.m., will provide participants with the opportunity to see the latest developments in new herbicides and herbicide combinations. The event will include comparisons of different herbicides and cultural methods for controlling weeds, as well as genetic developments in weed control with modified corn and soybean crops. Christy Sprague, weed scientist with U of I Extension, will discuss the general lay out and observations on the different studies. There are more than 40 weed control studies being conducted at the Northern Illinois Research Center in 2003. Anyone interested in weed control is invited to attend this program. Certified Crop Advisor credits have been applied for. In case of rain, the program will be held inside. For further information, call Lyle Paul at (815) 824-2029.

Managing the Insects of Summer

July 11, 2003, Shabbona

Discussion will focus on managing the new variant of western corn rootworm, including scouting guidelines, economic thresholds, and control products. The status of European corn borers and alternatives for management also will be discussed. Depending on the insect situation in early to mid-July, management updates for bean leaf beetles and soybean aphids may be presented. Dr. Kevin Steffey, Extension entomologist in the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois, will lead the discussion. The workshop will include classroom sessions and in-field, hands-on demonstrations. Three IPM continuing education units (CEUs) will be provided to certified crop advisers. The workshop will be conducted at the Crops Training Center at the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center, 14509 University Road, Shabbona. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the workshop will be conducted from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. The cost is $25.00 per person. Reservations are due by July 4 at the Quad Cities Extension Center, c/o Dave Feltes, 4550 Kennedy Drive, Suite 2, East Moline, IL 61244, (309) 792-2500. Make checks payable to University of Illinois Extension. 3 IPM CEU

Forage Expo

July 1, 2003, Macomb

A Quality Hay Contest will be just one of the features at the free 2003 Illinois Forage Expo, July 1 at the north edge of Macomb. The center of operations will be the Western Illinois University (WIU) Livestock Center, located 1 mile west of Route 67 on Tower Road (N1400) at the intersection of Tower Road and Wigwam Hollow. Entries in the quality hay contest will be evaluated for bale density, visual assessment, crude protein, acid detergent fiber, and relative feed value. There is no entry fee, and NIRS analysis will be conducted free of charge. Participants may enter one sample (complete bale) in each of the following classes: alfalfa, grass, alfalfa-grass, and other (clover, clover-grass, etc.). A sample entry is a complete bale, such as a small square, large square, or large round, made from the 2003 hay crop. Bales exceeding 100 pounds need to be weighed on official scales and a weigh ticket provided for verification. Bale entries must be delivered to the Expo site by 10:30 a.m. on July 1 to allow adequate time for sampling, analyzing, and judging.

The Expo will include tours/discussions of WIU's livestock grazing research plots and forage species plot and other educational presentations. Presenters will include WIU staff, U of I Extension educators, and Natural Resources Conservation Service staff. The Expo will focus on forages for both grazing and harvesting systems. There will be field demonstrations of forage harvesting equipment and commercial displays of forage-related products and equipment as well as a U of I Extension display on poisonous pasture weeds. The Expo runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Hosts are WIU, the city of Macomb, and Tim Sullivan. Sponsors are WIU, U of I Extension, Illinois Forage and Grassland Council, Western Illinois Forage and Grassland Council, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Illinois Grassland Conservation Initiative. For more information about the Expo or about exhibiting a commercial display, contact Dean Oswald, University of Illinois Extension, Macomb Extension Center, (309) 836-3366, or e-mail oswaldd@uiuc.edu.

Field Crop Disease Management Field Day

August 26, 2003, Shabbona

Terry Niblack and Dean Malvick, Extension Specialists from the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois, will lead the discussion on disease identification and management. Five IPM continuing education units (CEUs) will be provided to certified crop advisers. The workshop will be conducted at the Crops Training Center at the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center, 14509 University Road, Shabbona. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the workshop will be conducted from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. The cost is $50.00 per person. For more information contact Dave Feltes at the Quad Cities Extension Center, 4550 Kennedy Drive, Suite 2, East Moline, IL 61244, telephone (309) 792-2500. Make checks payable to University of Illinois Extension.

Agronomy Day 2003

August 21, 2003, Urbana

The tour wagons begin rolling at 7:00 a.m. until about noon to view research plots at the University of Illinois South Farms. Stroll through the tent and enjoy a variety of interesting, educational exhibits. Chat with company representatives or learn about classes in the Department of Crop Sciences. The activities will wind up around 2:00 p.m. For more information contact your local Extension Unit or view the webpage at http://agronomyday.cropsci.uiuc.edu/

Upper Midwest Grazing Conference

July 29-31, Lacrosse, Wisconsin

http://www.wisc.edu/cias/uppermidwest/

This comprehensive conference addresses major topics in making grazing profitable. It will be held at the Midway Best Western, Lacrosse, WI. For more information call (563) 583-6496.

Northern Illinois Agronomy Field Day

Aug. 4, 2003, Shabbona

Tours of research plots will begin at 4:00 p.m. at the Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center, 14509 University Road, Shabbona. There is no fee. For more information contact Lyle Paul at 815-824-2029

2004 Illinois Crop Protection Technology Conference

The dates will be Wednesday and Thursday, January 7 & 8, 2004