February 2021 | Online

The 2021 Crop Management Conference is going virtual! CropFlix is binge-worthy content for corn and soybean producers aimed at improving your cropping systems.

CropFlix participants choose from a series of prerecorded programs and watch on demand for the entire month of February on the Learn @ Illinois Extension online learning platform. The conference’s new online format has doubled the number of presenters, with a wide variety of presentations on research updates, recommendations for best practices, climate projections, and more.  

Participants will also have access to two live virtual town halls to ask questions and have conversations with presenters. 

Cost: $50

CEUs Available: More than 10 CCA CEUs available, 0.5 units per session.

Media Inquiries: Please contact Chelsea Harbach at harbach2@illinois.edu

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Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Chelsea Harbach at harbach2@illinois.edu. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for the requested accommodation.

CropFlix Episode Guide

There are 21 sessions to choose from. Not sure where to start? Download this guide for a full list of sessions and CEUs. 

  • Northern, Central and Southern Illinois Growing Season Review & Outlook
  • Exploring the Cause of Injury or Death in Grain Entrapment, Engulfment, and Extrication
  • The why, what, and how of tile drainage and nutrient loss
  • Cover crops and insect management
  • Dectes stem borer management
  • Ear-feeding caterpillars and above ground Bt traits
  • Bean leaf beetle biology and management
  • The current situation with the western and northern corn rootworm in Illinois
  • Western corn rootworm biology and resistance management
  • Climate Change and Crops, Managing crops into the future
  • Phosphorous management revisited: myths and best practices
  • Where are we with the soybean cyst nematode problem?
  • Economics of corn and soybean

Dr. Trent Ford, Illinois State Climatologist

The Illinois State Climatologist provides weather and climate data, maps, and information for Illinois farmers, government agencies and policymakers, and all citizens. The State Climatologist also conducts research on past climate events, monitors current conditions, and studies possible future climate change and acts as the state’s authoritative spokesperson on climate science. 

Presentations: Review of the 2020 Growing Season Weather & Outlook for 2021 Winter/Spring for Northern Illinois, Review for Central Illinois, Review for Southern Illinois

Dr. Salah Issa, Assistant Professor Department of Agricultural & Biological Engineering

Dr. Issa's research is focused on injury prevention through predictive algorithms, evaluating new technologies and implementing technologies that reduce or remove hazards. Recognizing that agriculture ranks among the deadliest occupations with injury rates remaining fairly stable since 1990s, he is exploring new strategies in training, and prevention. One of his focus areas is in testing solutions to handle out of condition issues facing grain handling and storage industry with the aim or reducing grain entrapments. His extension program focuses on agricultural injury trends in Illinois and promoting a culture of safety among Illinois farmers and workers.

Presentation: Exploring the Cause of Injury or Death in Grain Entrapment, Engulfment, and Extrication

Dr. Laura Christianson, Assistant Professor and Faculty Extension Specialist, Department of Crop Sciences

Dr. Christianson addresses important challenges in water quality by finding new techniques to grow crops in a way that preserves clean water, nutrient-rich soil, and healthy ecosystems. She is an international expert in woodchip bioreactors that help growers reduce the amount of nitrogen in drainage water from agricultural fields.

Presentation: The why, what, and how of tile drainage and nutrient loss

Dr. Nick Seiter, Research Assistant Professor and Faculty Extension Specialist, Department of Crop Sciences

Research specialty: Field crop insects pests, corn rootworm, ear-feeding caterpillars, dectes stem borer, bean leaf beetle, and more

Presentations: Cover crops and insect management, Dectes stem borer management, Ear-feeding caterpillars and above ground Bt traits, Bean leaf beetle biology and management, The current situation with the western and northern corn rootworm in Illinois

Dr. Joseph Spencer, Associate Research Professor and Associate Research Program Leader in Insect Behavior at Illinois Natural History Survey

Dr. Spencer has been working with the corn rootworm beetle pests for many years as is one of our experts on this pest within the state of Illinois. Contact Dr. Spencer at spencer1@illinois.edu

Presentation: Western corn rootworm biology and resistance management

Dr. Emerson Nafziger, Professor Emeritus and Extension Specialist, UIUC Department of Crop Sciences

Dr. Nafziger turns agronomic data collected from research throughout Illinois into tools that help producers better manage crops by predicting responses to crop inputs. He created a data-driven nitrogen rate calculator, an online resource that assists producers in improving nitrogen management for corn in most of the largest corn-producing states.

Presentations: Climate Change and Crops, Managing crops into the future

Dr. Andrew Margenot, Assistant Professor, Department of Crop Sciences

Dr. Margenot addresses the literal foundation of all cropping systems: soils. He is advancing how we monitor and manage soils as natural capital. His research team evaluates how human activities can enhance or compromise soil services to human societies, with an emphasis on food security from urban and rural agroecosystems in the U.S. Midwest and East Africa.

Presentations: Phosphorous management revisited: myths and best practices

Dr. Nathan Kleczewski, Research Assistant Professor and Faculty Extension Specialist, Department of Crop Sciences

Dr. Kleczweski identifies and addresses plant diseases impacting soybean, corn, and small grain production. His research increases producer productivity and profitability across the globe.

Presentations: Nematodes in field crops - it isn’t just soybean cyst nematode, Seedling diseases in soybean, Informed decisions to improve profits

Dr. Stacy Zuber, Illinois State Soil Health Specialist, USDA-NRCS

Presentation: Soil Biology: The Underground Workforce

Phillip Alberti, Commercial Ag Extension Educator, University of Illinois Extension

Phillip Alberti works in commercial crop production, assisting growers and producers by providing resources for row crop production. His area of expertise includes soil fertility, corn and soybean management practices, cover crops, and no-till systems. He determines production needs and assists local producers to improve productivity and integrate new practices via impact programming and consultations. Phillip also assists the Illinois Pest Monitoring Network by monitoring pest activity throughout the growing season to provide information to local growers in northwest Illinois.

Presentation: Illinois Hemp: Production Strategies and Research Updates

Dr. Chelsea Harbach, Commercial Agriculture Extension Educator, Illinois Extension

Chelsea Harbach works within the commercial row crop production systems and aims to provide science-based resources to growers. Her area of expertise is plant pathology, the study of plant diseases, especially plant-parasitic nematodes and plant disease diagnostics. She is also interested in soil health, as it relates to some aspects of microbiology. Chelsea has experience with cover cropping systems as well.

Presentation: Where are we with the soybean cyst nematode problem?

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