Crop Management Conferences

Get the latest updates on Illinois crop production

2022 Crop Management Conference - January and February

Make the most informed decisions you can for your farm by getting the latest research updates to improve productivity and output from crop science experts at University of Illinois. Crop producers, consultants, and industry professionals are invited to the 2022 Crop Management Conference series in person or online. 

More than 15 continuing education units (CEUs) are available for Certified Crop Advisors on a broad range of crop production topics.

If a reasonable accommodation is needed to participate, or for more information, contact Chelsea Harbach at harbach2@illinois.edu. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting access needs.

Online Conference

Cost: $50. Presentations will be between 25 to 50 minutes long and are available from February 1 to March 15. Sessions will be worth 0.5 to 1.0 CEUs, accordingly. In-person sessions will be recorded and made available online. 

Register at go.illinois.edu/CMConline

 

In-Person Conferences

Four in-person sessions are being offered around Illinois. Cost: $100. Lunch is included. Sessions are 45 to 50 minutes long. Participants who attend in person also have access to online sessions.

Mt. Vernon, January 19 Macomb, February 2  Champaign, February 8 Sycamore, February 15
Register at go.illinois.edu/CMC0119 Register at go.illinois.edu/CMC0202 Register at go.illinois.edu/cmc0208 Register at go.illinois.edu/cmc0215

PRESENTERS

Dr. Nick Seiter, University of Illinois Field Crops Entomologist

Dr. Aaron Hager, University of Illinois Weeds Specialist

Dr. Emerson Nafziger, Professor Emeritus-Agronomy, University of Illinois

Dr. Adam Mahan, USDA-ARS, Soybean Germplasm Curator

Dr. Carl Bradley, University of Kentucky Field Crops Pathologist

Dr. Andrew Margenot, University of Illinois Soil Scientist

Mr. Dennis Bowman, University of Illinois Digital Ag Extension Specialist

PRESENTERS

Dr. Nick Seiter, University of Illinois Field Crops Entomologist

Dr. Aaron Hager, University of Illinois Weeds Specialist

Dr. Emerson Nafziger, Professor Emeritus-Agronomy, University of Illinois

Dr. Adam Mahan, USDA-ARS, Soybean Germplasm Curator

Dr. Trent Ford, Illinois State Climatologist

Dr. Alison Robertson, Iowa State University Field Crops Pathologist

Dr. Joel Gruver, Western Illinois University Soil Scientist

PRESENTERS

Dr. Nick Seiter, University of Illinois Field Crops Entomologist

Dr. Aaron Hager, University of Illinois Weeds Specialist

Dr. Emerson Nafziger, Professor Emeritus-Agronomy, University of Illinois

Dr. Adam Mahan, USDA-ARS, Soybean Germplasm Curator

Dr. Trent Ford, Illinois State Climatologist

Dr. Darcy Telenko, Purdue University Field Crops Pathologist

Dr. Andrew Margenot, University of Illinois Soil Scientist

PRESENTERS

Dr. Nick Seiter, University of Illinois Field Crops Entomologist

Dr. Aaron Hager, University of Illinois Weeds Specialist

Dr. Emerson Nafziger, Professor Emeritus-Agronomy, University of Illinois

Dr. Adam Mahan, USDA-ARS, Soybean Germplasm Curator

Mr. Dennis Bowman, University of Illinois Digital Ag Extension Specialist

Dr. Damon Smith, University of Wisconsin Field Crops Pathologist

Dr. Matt Ruark, University of Wisconsin Soil Scientist

Insect Management in Corn and Soybean
Presenter: Dr. Nick Seiter
In northern and central Illinois, Dr. Seiter will discuss corn rootworm management and Bt resistance status. Further south, he will supplement that with material on fall armyworm and the use of insecticides for defoliating insects in soybean. At the Mt. Vernon talk, he will discuss dectes stem borer management and distribution.

Group 15 + Group 4 = Group 5?
Presenter: Dr. Aaron Hager
Group 15 herbicides, whether applied at planting or with a postemergence herbicide after crop emergence, will continue to be important weed management tools. The evolution of resistance to this important group of herbicides should serve as another warning that herbicide stewardship is as important as herbicide and trait selection. The recent confirmation of dicamba resistance in an Illinois water hemp population suggests future limitations on the effectiveness of Group 4 herbicides.

Managing High-Priced Fertilizer in 2022
Presenter: Dr. Emerson Nafziger
Between the spring and fall of 2021, prices of fertilizer increased much more than corn prices, and both supplies and prices of fertilizer, especially nitrogen, are uncertain for spring 2022. This presentation will consider responses to this situation, including crop choice and fertilizer rates for the 2022 crop.

Maintaining and Enhancing the USDA Soybean Germplasm Collection
Presenter: Dr. Adam Mahan
The historical genetic base for commercial soybean breeding is quite narrow with as few as 35 ancestral lines providing as much as 95% of the genes of modern North American cultivars. The soybean germplasm collection is home to over 22,000 cultivated, wild relative, and perennial soybean accessions representing the largest freely available collection of germplasm for research purposes. These soybean accessions provide a multitude of opportunities for discovering novel genetic diversity and identifying useful genes not available in commercial soybean breeding pipelines.

Agriculture in a Changing Climate: What we Know, What we Don't Know, and What we Can Do
Presenter: Dr. Trent Ford
Climate change and changes in weather patterns here in Illinois have been widely studied and reported, as have the realized and potential impacts to agriculture. However, our weather and climate interact with agriculture in countless, complex ways, and it therefore makes sense that agriculture impacts from changes in our weather and climate would be similarly complex and nuanced. To try to cut through the noise, I'll give a summary of recent changes in our weather and climate and agriculture impacts we've seen in the last few decades. I'll also breakdown potential future changes, the likelihood or confidence in these changes, and what they may or may not mean for Illinois agriculture.

Tar spot of corn: Impact and Management Options
Presenter: Dr. Darcy Telenko, Purdue University
Tar spot, caused by Phyllachoramaydis, is a newly established and emerging disease of corn in the U. S. Since 2018, it has had a significant yield impact on Midwest corn production. Tar spot has continued to spread after first being found in Indiana and Illinois in 2015 and is now confirmed in over 14 states and Canada. Significant losses have expanded beyond the initial region documented in 2018. In Indiana, the northern part of our state has been most at risk, but we now have seen significant disease losses in pockets in the southern part of the state. A summary of our experiences in Indiana will be presented, including an update on research, as we continue to improve our understanding of this disease and disease management options to mitigate yield loss.

Blights and Spots: Wheat and Soybean Disease Management
Presenter: Dr. Carl Bradley, University of Kentucky
Diseases that can cause economic losses to threaten wheat and soybean crops every year. This presentation will focus on important diseases of wheat and soybean, and best practices available for disease management. Fungicides for disease management will be highlighted in the presentation, but other methods of disease management, such as crop rotation and resistant varieties also will be discussed. 

Legacy P: agronomic and water quality implications 
Presenter: Dr. Andrew Margenot
Legacy phosphorus (P) in soils refers to historical P applications that have remained in the soil. Over time, accumulation of legacy P can be substantial, and presents important considerations for agronomic and environmental goals. This session will review legacy P – why, where and how much – for Illinois production agriculture and discuss three key implications of soil P drawdown, subsoil P supply power, and water quality response lags. 

Farm by Numbers
Presenter: Mr. Dennis Bowman
Farmers are the original technology adopters. The latest agricultural technologies are in the digital realm. Agriculture has been using aspects of precision farming technologies for over two decades the addition of artificial intelligence is the next wave. This presentation will discuss application of currently available tools and introduce some exciting research underway at the University of Illinois.

Effective cover cropping - maximizing benefits, minimizing risks 
Presenter: Dr. Joel Gruver, Western Illinois University
This presentation will explore practical options for increasing agronomic and environmental benefits from cover crops while also reducing unintended effects in IL grain production systems. Interactions between cover crop and cash crop management decisions will be analyzed and examples of how IL farmers are extending the cover crop growing season through innovative establishment and termination strategies and controlling costs and risks through adaptive management will be shared.

What risks are associated with planting corn into a green winter cereal rye cover crop 
Presenter: Dr. Alison Robertson, Iowa State University
Cold, wet springs affect cover crop termination and cash crop establishment. More and more farmers are choosing to terminate a cover crop after planting their cash crop.  We have been exploring the risks of terminating a winter rye cover crop after planting corn.  We have found that “planting green” may negatively affect corn growth and development, and yield and favor seedling disease of corn.  This presentation will review our research.

Introduction to the Dashboard for Agricultural Water Use and Nutrient Management (DAWN) project.
Presenter: Dr. Reid Christianson
This talk will introduce the Dashboard for Agricultural Water Use and Nutrient Management (DAWN) project and discuss the planned decision support tools being developed. We will also walk through an example of a new growing degree day (GDD) tool to help with decisions surrounding planting and crop maturity milestones.

Controlling soybean cyst nematodes (SCN) in soybean through genetic resistance
Presenter: Dr. Brian Diers
This talk will cover the genetics of SCN resistance in soybean and how resistance can control this pest. Diers will explore sources of SCN resistance and the importance of rotating resistance sources.

Controlling wheat head scab in Illinois: Separating fact from fiction
Presenter: Dr. Jessica Rutkoski
Wheat head scab is still an important factor affecting the profitability of wheat production in Illinois. Recently, the gene FHB1 and the fungicide Miravis Ace have been receiving attention as relatively new tools for combating scab. This talk will discuss these tools as well as wheat head scab management more generally to provide sound advice and to address some common misconceptions.

Farm Stress and Mental Health: What we know and how we help 
Presenter: Dr. Josie Rudolphi
Stress is a normal part of life. However, chronic stress can adversely affect our physical and mental health. This presentation will describe common sources of stress among agricultural producers, the relationship between stress and mental health, and resources available for farmers and their families.

Managing 2022 Input Uncertainties
Presenter: Dr. Gary Schnitkey
Input costs continue to increase dramatically, with fertilizer prices leading the way. Availability of fertilizers, pesticides, and parts for capital goods has become an issue. Supply issues hopefully are transitory, which will be worked out soon as supply chains adjust to the new-Covid reality. However, costs typically do not decline quickly. With higher costs, 2022 can be a profitable year, as prices are currently above break-even price levels. However, Midwest agriculture likely has reached a new higher cost plateau, which may present risks in future years if commodity prices decline.

What’s your stake in the soil health gold rush? 
Presenter: Dr. Michelle Wander

Grain Entrapment Risk Among Beginning and Young Workers
Presenter: Dr. Salah Issa

.... and more!
 

In-Person Presenters

  • Dr. Nick Seiter, University of Illinois Field Crop Entomology Extension Specialist and Assistant Research Professor
  • Dr. Aaron Hager, University of Illinois Weeds Extension Specialist, Professor
  • Dr. Emerson Nafziger, University of Illinois Agronomy Extension Specialist, Professor Emeritus
  • Dr. Carl Bradley, University of Kentucky Field Crops Diseases Extension Specialist
  • Dr. Andrew Margenot, University of Illinois Assistant Professor, Department of Crop Sciences
  • Dr. Adam Mahan, University of Illinois, United States Department of Agriculture Soybean Geneticist
  • Dennis Bowman, University of Illinois Extension Digital Agriculture Specialist
  • Dr. Alison Robertson, Iowa State University Field Crops Diseases Extension Specialist, and Professor
  • Dr. Joel Gruver, Western Illinois University Soil Scientist, and Professor
  • Dr. Trent Ford, Illinois State Climatologist
  • Dr. Darcy Telenko, Purdue University Field Crops Diseases Extension Specialist and Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Matt Ruark, University of Wisconsin-Madison Soil Fertility Specialist and Professor
  • Dr. Damon Smith, University of Wisconsin-Madison Field Crops Diseases Extension Specialist and Professor

 

Online Presenters

  • Dr. Reid Christianson, University of Illinois Water Quality and Environmental Systems Specialist and Research Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Josie Rudolphi, University of Illinois Agriculture Safety Specialist and Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Gary Schnitkey, University of Illinois Agriculture Economist and Professor
  • Dr. Juan Arbelaez, University of Illinois Small Grains Breeder and Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Jessica Rutkoski, University of Illinois Small Grains Breeder and Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Brian Diers, University of Illinois Soybean Breeder and Professor
  • Dr. Salah Issa, University of Illinois Agriculture Safety Specialist and Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Michelle Wander, University of Illinois Sustainable Agriculture Researcher and Professor