You'll notice a few less program offerings this year. This is due to the changing of my position within Extension. On July 1st, my title changed to "Local Food Systems/Small Farms". Therefore my focus has been directed more towards small farms, fruit and vegetable growers and those activities. If you've an interest in these topics, please let me know and I'll add you to our small farm email and newsletter list.
U of I Extension has hired two commercial Ag positions to provide support for that segment of the industry. Travis Meteer has the position of Beef Specialist, and is housed at the Orr Research Center. His contact info is as follows: email@example.com 217-236-4961 Angie Peltier has been hired in the crops position. She is housed at the Warren County Extension office. Her contact info is: firstname.lastname@example.org 309-734-5161. You'll be seeing more of these individuals in the future.
I'd like to ask if you could provide me your email address so that I can continue to develop an email listing of local corn/soybean producers. Many of you have already provided this information and I've used this email contact list for years in providing timely pest management information to corn/soybean growers. It is a great way to communicate urgent information for no cost. And as you're aware, we just don't have the dollars to be able to send out regular mailings. All emails are sent to the list in a blind carbon copy, so no one has access to the names/addresses on the list. Please email me at email@example.com
Results from the U of I Corn and Soybean variety trials are now available on line. http://vt.cropsci.illinois.edu/
This is the 17th year of the conference which will be held on Friday Feb. 3rd, at John Wood Community College in Quincy, beginning at 9:00am and concluding at 1:50pm . Our general session speaker will be Dr. Joel Gruver, WIU. He will discuss Cover Crops in a corn/soybean rotation- the how's and why's. Break out sessions throughout the remainder of the day include: Price outlook for 2012; Soil quality- should you be concerned?; Herbicide update; Soil testing variability- can you trust your soil test results?; Seed treatments for nematode protection; and a farmer panel.
Speakers from the U of I, U of MO and WIU. Cost of the program will be $15 per person which includes lunch, coffee/donuts and a proceedings. Registration is strongly encouraged to help us plan for lunch. CCA hours will be offered. web.extension.illinois.edu/abhps 217-223-8380
This is the program in which all the U of I Extension Specialists are on. It will be offered in Quincy on Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Holiday Inn, beginning at 9am and concluding at 3pm. Topics include: Developments in drainage; Profitability and risk of various rotations; Palmer amaranth; Corn diseases; Insect surveys; Measuring soil fertility; and Continuous corn woes.
Cost of the program will be $60 per person through Dec. 16 and $75 after. Register at www.cropsciconfererences.org CCA hours will be offered.
Topics will include: Using biofilters to reduce nitrates; Biochar and soil quality; National Atmospheric Deposition Program; Diseases of corn and residue management; Irrigation scheduling; and Watershed research. The date is Thursday, Feb. 16. Registration begins at 8:30am, program begins at 9am and concludes at 2pm. It will be held at the U of I Extension office in Quincy. Cost for the program is $45 per person, which includes lunch. 4.5 CCA hours in soil and water management will be offered. Register at: web.extension.illinois.edu/abhps or call 217-223-8380.
This meeting (Dec. 7-8 in Decatur) will provide a forum for farmers to exchange information, discuss opportunities for collaboration, and learn about new and successful practices related to cover crops. Specific tracks will be held for no-till, tillage, and organic applications. Speakers will include farmers, crop consultants, and university researchers who have extensive experience in cover crop management. The goal of the conference is to get farmers together to learn how to effectively manage cover crops in a way that enhances soil quality, keeps nutrients in the fields, and increases the bottom line. For more information and to register, http://www.swcs.org/index.cfm?nodeID=34470&audienceID=1
If you purchase or use restricted use pesticides you must be licensed. All training and testing will be coordinated by campus, so there will be fewer opportunities locally. There will be one training/testing in our region and that date is Thursday, December 1, at the Quincy City Center Hotel, 201 S. 3rd, Times are from 9am-noon for training, and testing starts at 1pm. The cost is $30 per person for the training. Pre registration is required. Call 877-626-1650 or www.pesticidesafety.uiuc.edu As long as room is available, you may elect to take the test only and avoid the $30 fee. Just show up at 1pm. You may also take training on line http://m.extension.illinois.edu/privatepsep/ You must still pass the test to receive a license. Cost for the license is $30 and is valid for 3 years.
There will be a two test only sessions: Tuesday, Jan. 17th, 10am-noon at the Hancock County Extension office (register at 217-357-2150) and Monday, March 12th, 1-3pm at the Pike County Extension office (register at 217-285-5543). There is no cost for the test only session.
January 31-Feb. 1, at the Northfield Conference Center in Springfield. These two-day conferences are designed to address a wide array of topics pertinent to crop production, pest management, and natural resources issues and to provide a forum for discussion and interaction between participants and university researchers.
The format for each conference consists of thirteen different 50-minute sessions. Certified Crop Advisers can earn up to 13 hours of CEU credit. The registration fee is $130.00 per person due one week prior to each conference. Late registration or registration at the door will be $150.00 per person. The fee includes lunch, refreshments, and handout material for both days. There is no one-day registration. For more information, contact Robert Bellm, 618-427-5239; firstname.lastname@example.org
The program will be offered on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 6:30-8pm, at the Adams Telephone Coop in Golden. The focus will be on preparing stressed pastures for next grazing season and providing adequate cow nutrition. Travis Meteer, Monte Rowland and David Otte will be the speakers. Specific agenda items are as follows: Parasites - "A ranchers freeloader"; Strategies to minimize feed/hay loss; Meeting cow requirements with the feedstuffs you have; Hay quality and its effect on intake; Secrets to achieving profitability; Pasture Health and Management; Strategies for strong re-growth on overgrazed pastures; Rotational grazing systems; Overseeding options; Fertilizing pastures; Grazing strategies and Forage Species.
Livestock facilities with 300-999 animal unit capacity must have someone certified in manure handling procedures. This can be done in one of three ways; via an on-line short course or attend this training session or take and pass the CLMT exam. Producers with over 1000 animal units must take the class and pass the test. You are strongly encouraged to pre-register for the workshop by calling 800-345-6087. You can also order training materials through this number. Registration cost is $30 for the first person and $20 for any additional (same farm). Walk in registration is $45.
On Thursday, Jan. 26 a training and testing is being offered at the U of I Extension office in Quincy. The program begins at 8:50am. Participants arriving after 9:20am can't be certified.
This year's program will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18, John Wood Community College, 1301 S. 48th Street, Quincy. Designed for those who have a few acres they'd like to find an enterprise which could supply some income or provide for family enjoyment. We'll begin at 8:30am and finish at 1pm. Topics you can select from include: Agrotourism/ Recreational land use opportunities; Getting the most from pasture/hay acres; Beginning beekeeping; Pond/lake management; Cut flower production; Asparagus/rhubarb. Three sessions per hour are offered, and some are repeated, but you may want to bring along an extra person. A general session will discuss- Business planning, marketing and goal setting. Local producers will provide the training in each of these hour long sessions.
Cost for the program is $30 per person ($40 for couples) which includes lunch and proceedings. Students can attend for $10. Register on line or call our office. web.extension.uiuc.edu/abhps
We'll be offering a number of webinars during the next few months on topics of interest to producers of local foods. These sessions are designed to provide information to help you manage your acreage, on a wide variety of topics- increasing profit, exploring options, learning about. There is no cost, but you must register for these programs, which will be held at the Adams County Extension Office in Quincy. All programs will be offered on Thursdays at 1 pm. Listed below is the topic and date:
Pastured poultry- Jan 26; GAPS training- Feb. 2; Soil fertility- Feb. 9; Raising sheep and goats- Feb. 16; Extending the growing season- Feb. 23; Are you Farm to School ready?- March 1; Managing you woodland- March 8; Common garden pests- March 15; Companion planting- March 22; Pasture management- March 29.
You must pre register for each event web.extension.uiuc.edu/abhps or call 217-223-8380. All the programs will be recorded and available for viewing at a later date.