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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. 

At least 12 continuing education units 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 14. 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
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.

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.

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, Deptartment 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. Emily Heaton, University of Illinois Regenerative Agriculture Extension Specialist and Professor
  • 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
  • Dr. Carmen Ugarte, University of Illinois Soil Scientist and Research Assistant Professor