University of Illinois Agriculture
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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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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,
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
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,