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2024 Crop Management Conference | Champaign

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Stay current with updates impacting Illinois crop production.

Make the most informed decisions you can for your farm by getting the latest research updates from crop science experts at University of Illinois. Crop producers, consultants, industry professionals, and students are invited to the 2024 Crop Management Conference series in person or online. 

Seven continuing education units, CEUs, are available for Certified Crop Advisers covering a broad range of crop production topics at in-person events. Additional CEUs are available by accessing the online-only content available Feb. 16 to April 30. 

In-Person Conference Details:

  • Cost is $80 if you register by Jan. 31; $100 from Feb. 1 to 7.
  • Student cost is $20. Must bring student ID to program to verify. 
  • Lunch is included. 
  • Sessions are 45 to 50 minutes long.
  • Participants who attend in person also have access to online sessions, available from Feb. 16 to April 30.

Location Presentations

  • Insect Management in Corn and Soybean | CEU: 1.0 PM
    Presenter: Nick Seiter, University of Illinois Field Crop Entomology Extension Specialist and Assistant Research Professor
  • Navigating a New Era: Understanding the Endangered Species Act and its Impact on Pesticide Regulation | CEU: 1.0 PM
    Presenter: Aaron Hager, University of Illinois Weeds Extension Specialist, Professor
  • What do "The Data" Really Tell Us? | CEU: 1.0 NM
    Presenter: Emerson Nafziger, University of Illinois Agronomy Extension Specialist, Professor Emeritus
  • Corn Diseases: Outlook and Options to Mitigate Loss | CEU: 1.0 PM
    Presenter: Darcy Telenko, Purdue University, Field Crop Pathology Specialist, Associate Professor
  • Mineralization of Nutrients from Soil Organic Matter: How, How Much, and Can it be Managed? | CEU: 1.0 SW
    Presenter: Andrew Margenot, University of Illinois Assistant Professor, Department of Crop Sciences
  • Managing Cover Crops in Illinois Systems | CEU: 1.0 CM
    Presenter: Giovani Preza Fontes, University of Illinois Crops Extension Specialist and Associate Professor 
  • Making Weather and Climate Information Work: Existing Tools and Monitoring to Help Agriculture Decision Making | CEU: 1.0 CM
    Presenter: Trent Ford, State Climatologist, Illinois State Water Survey at University of Illinois

CEU Types: PM: Pest Management; CM: Crop Management; NM: Nutrient Management; SW: Soil and Water Management; PD: Professional Development; SSp: Sustainability Speciality; and PASp: Precision Ag Specialty.

Additional Conference Locations

  • Feb. 1: CollinsvilleRegister by Jan. 25 for early-bird rate.
  • Feb. 15: Sycamore. Register by Feb. 8 for early-bird rate.
  • Feb. 16 - April 30: Online. Register by March 15.

Online Conference

Registration for the online conference is available until March 15.  Registrants will have access to the presentations from Feb. 16 to April 30.

  • Cost is $50.
  • Certified Crop Advisers may earn CEU credit by viewing the online presentations and completing the corresponding quizzes to access the QR code.
    • Presentations run 25 to 50 minutes long.
    • Sessions will be worth 0.5 to 1.0 CEUs, accordingly. 

Online participants must access the content through their Learn @ Illinois Extension account. 

New users:

  • If you do not already have an account on Learn @ Illinois Extension, we will create one for you with the email provided for registration. The week of Feb. 12 to 16, you will receive an email with a temporary password. Change this password upon the first login. Once logged in, you will find the conference accessible under the "My Courses" tab at the top of the page, available from Feb. 16 to April 30.

Existing users:

  • If you already have an account on Learn @ Illinois Extension and used the same email address associated with your account to register for the conference, you can log in using your existing credentials. If you have forgotten your password, it can be reset on the login page by clicking 'Lost Password'. Once logged in, you will find the conference accessible under the "My Courses" tab at the top of the page, available from Feb. 16 to April 30.
  • If you already have an account on Learn @ Illinois Extension but used a different email address to register for the conference, a new account will be automatically registered with a temporary password sent to their email. The password must be changed upon first login. Once logged in, the conference will be accessible under the "My Courses" tab at the top of the page, available from Feb. 16 to April 30.

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