The Northwest Illinois Agronomy Summit will be offered virtually this year. Each webinar will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on the scheduled day. The schedule is as follows:
February 16- “Climate Change and Impacts in Northwest Illinois"
Trent Ford, Illinois State Climatologist
State Climatologist Trent Ford will join us to talk about climate change (historical and future) in Northwest Illinois and what it means for our producers.
February 23- “Corn Rootworm Management”
Nick Seiter, Research Assistant Professor and Faculty Extension Specialist, University of Illinois
Western and northern corn rootworm populations in Illinois continue to gradually develop resistance to the Bt traits available for their control. The current situation with regards to resistance development in Illinois will be discussed, as will management recommendations for these pests in northern Illinois.
February 25- “Cover Crops in Northern IL/Southern WI and Combine Cleaning to reduce weed seed movement”
Dan Smith, UW Madison Southwest Outreach Specialist
Cover crops provide many benefits to producers but can be challenging to establish in a corn-soybean rotation. However, with a little research and holistic crop rotation management there are many opportunities to incorporate cover crops into a crop rotation. In addition, as waterhemp has become a common problem, a little management in the fall via combine cleaning can go a long way the following season.
March 2- “Updates in Disease Management”
Nathan Kleczewski, Research Assistant Professor and Faculty Extension Specialist, University of Illinois
Each year provides a variety of challenges when it comes to crop diseases and management strategies. To help work through some of these common problems and solutions, Extension Specialist Dr. Nathan Kleczewski from the University of Illinois will recap some of the bigger culprits in 2020, what research is being done, and how producers may be able to combat them.
March 4- “Grain Bin Entry”
Salah Issa, Assistant Professor of Industrial Safety and Health, University of Illinois
Newley appointed University of Illinois assistant professor Dr. Salah will provide a review of grain storage conditions in addition to providing a review of proper grain bin entry protocols.
March 9- “Will the novel soybean herbicide tolerance traits solve my pigweed and ragweed problem?”
Rodrigo Werle, UW Madison, Cropping Systems Weed Scientist and Extension Specialist
During this presentation Dr. Werle will talk about their latest research in Wisconsin evaluating integrated strategies for waterhemp and giant ragweed management in soybean production.
March 11- “The importance of scouting to mitigate risk for fungicide resistance development”
Chelsea Harbach, Extension Educator, University of Illinois Extension
The plant disease triangle is a fundamental concept in the study of plant diseases. In this presentation, we will freshen up your knowledge and understanding of the plant disease triangle so that you can use this tool for effective plant disease prediction and management during the growing season. Specific examples of common plant diseases will be utilized to demonstrate these principles in action.