From pests to stress, farmers face mounting challenges that threaten profitability, production, and health. Learn strategies for minimizing loss and maximizing profit during a series of four free online webinars by University of Illinois Extension. Registration is required and available by clicking each webinar link.

Spring and Summer Webinars

Early Season Insects: May 13, 3 PM
Don't let pests get an early start on your freshly-planted fields. In this first webinar of the Commercial Ag Webinar series, Dr. Nick Seiter, U of I assistant crop sciences professor, will discuss some of the early season insect pests to be on the watch for in corn and soybean production fields throughout Illinois.

Navigating the Unknown Together: May 27, 3 PM
Learn stress management methods and tools specifically geared to the agricultural industry during the current emotionally-stressful period. Josie Rudolphi, U of I assistant professor in agriculture biological engineering will discuss mindfulness, intent, and connection in today's agricultural industry.

Hemp Crop Updates: June 10, 3 PM
What did last year teach us about growing hemp? Illinois Extension commercial ag educator Phillip Alberti will offer the most recent hemp production research collected from land grant universities across the country. 

Are Nematodes Stealing Your Yield: June 24, 3 PM
Is your yield disappearing suspiciously? You might have a nematode problem. Chelsea Harbach, Extension commercial agriculture educator, and Diane Plewa, U of I Plant Clinic, walk through the process of taking a field sample and how the sample is examined at the Illinois Plant Clinic.

Foliar and stalk diseases on corn-scouting, identification, and management: July 8, 3 PM
The 2020 corn crop is growing fast and it is time to start thinking about foliar and stalk diseases. Dr. Nathan Kleczewski, Illinois crop science assistant professor, discusses diseases to watch for and how to go about scouting, identification, and managing these diseases.

How can we help?
Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in programming, contact the presenter. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your needs.

Webinar Archives

Each program is recorded and uploaded to Illinois Extension Commercial Agriculture YouTube channel. To allow time for closed captioning, please check the YouTube channel one to two weeks after the scheduled program.