Unit 14 Extension Offices will close at 4:30 p.m. on December 20 and will remain closed until January 2, 2014. Have a wonderful holiday!
January 8-10—IL Specialty Crops, Agri-Tourism & Organic Conference
January 9—Managing Layers on Pasture Webinar
January 14—Pesticide Applicator Testing, Carthage, 10am-Noon
January 16—Overview of Organic Agriculture Webinar
January 23—Pumpkins and Gourds Webinar
January 28—Drift Workshop, Galesburg Extension Office
January 30—Approaches to Small Farm Composting Webinar
February 1—Putting Small Acreage to Work, SRC, Macomb
February 4—Southwestern IL Commercial Tree Fruit School, Hardin
February 6—Organic Pest Management—Insects Webinar
February 10—Pepper Workshop Webinar, 6-7:30 pm
February 11—Pesticide Applicator Training & Testing, Quincy Holiday Inn
February 11-12—IL Small Fruit & Strawberry School, Mt. Vernon
February 13—Organic Pest Management—Disease Webinar
February 20—Organic Pest Management—Weeds Webinar
February 27—Asparagus Production Webinar
March 6—Small Orchard: Insects Management Webinar
March 7—Pesticide Applicator Testing, Pike Co, Orr Research Center, 10-12
March 8—Tree Fruit Pruning Demonstration, Shover Family Orchard, Barry
March 13—Small Orchard: Orchard Management Webinar
March 20—Small Orchard: Disease Management Webinar
March 27—Growing for Ethnic Markets Webinar
Putting Small Acreage to Work will be held on Saturday, Feb. 1st at Spoon River College campus in Macomb.
If you're looking for ideas on how to utilize smaller acreages for income producing activities or for fun and leisure, then this program will provide you with a number of options to consider. Concurrent presentations during the morning will include the topics of: Cover crops for western IL; Raising broilers on pasture; Methods for extending the growing season; Brambles- blackberries and raspberries; Using social media for marketing; Developing and managing orchards; and growing garlic.
During lunch our speaker will be Linda Prescott, who will be discussing the strategies she's utilized to develop her farm into what it is today. They raise and market produce, herbs and honey. Utilizing social media to send out weekly lists of available products. They also offer classes on a variety of topics.
All the presenters have been or are currently involved in the enterprise that they will speak on. We have plenty of time built into the program to allow for discussions. The program will begin at 8:30am and conclude at 1:30pm. Cost is $30 per person. Additional persons from the same household are $10 (which is the charge for students).
Lunch, refreshments and a proceedings are all included. The Spoon River College Community Outreach Center is located at 2500 E. Jackson in Macomb.
Register on line at:
Organic Pest Management issues will be discussed in our webinar series, to be held on 3 consecutive Thursdays, Feb. 6, 13 and 20 beginning at 1pm. We'll be discussing insect, weed and disease management in organic production of fruits and vegetables.
We'll also be offering a series of 3 webinar sessions covering orchard management: March 6, 13 and 20 at 1pm. Topics to be covered include insect and disease management as well as overall orchard management. You can register at both sets of these webinars at:
IL Specialty Crops, Agri-tourism and Organic Conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield on Jan. 8-10. There are 4 pre conference workshops on the 8th – Pumpkin Production; Season Extension and Year Round Marketing; GAP and Food Safety; Optimizing Plasticulture/Drip Irrigation/ Growing Unique Vegetables. The remaining days are divided into tracks, including: Agri-tourism/Marketing; Fruits; Vegetables; Herbs; Organic and Emerging Issues. There will be a trade show as well. This is the premier fruit and vegetable program in IL.
More info is available at:
Drift Workshop on Jan. 28th, beginning at 10am at Galesburg Extension Office. This program is targeted towards local food growers and commercial landscapers/nurseries. The topics are as follows: Looking down the road at herbicide resistant crops; Diagnosing herbicide damage in vegetable crops; Diagnosing herbicide damage on landscape ornamentals; Strategies to minimize off target drift; IL Dept., of Ag Complaint filing process; Panel discussion. There is no cost to attend. Lunch will be offered. Register at:
Illinois Small Fruit & Strawberry School and Southern Illinois
Commercial Vegetable School, February 11-12, 2014. Mt Vernon Holiday Inn, Mt. Vernon, IL.
Contact: Patricia Stanton at 618-344-4230 or
Registration coming soon at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/mms/
Pesticide Applicator Testing (for private applicators) sessions have been scheduled for Tuesday Jan. 14 at the Carthage Extension Office from 10am-noon and Friday, March 7th from 10am- noon at the Orr Research Center. There are both testing only sessions. Register at :
There will be training and testing session that will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 11th, at the Quincy Holiday Inn. The cost will be $30 per person. Training will be held between 8am-11:30am and testing is 11:45am-2:30pm. You must pre-register to be guaranteed a seat.
Tree Fruit Pruning Demonstration will be held on Saturday, March 8th, at 10am, at the Shover Family Orchard, 3 miles west of Barry. Mike Stroemer and Rick Shover are partners who grow apples and peaches, most of which are sold through Stroemer Foods in Barry.
Learn about proper pruning techniques for tree fruits, which tools to use and pest management practices to allow your backyard trees to produce to their fullest.
Pepper Workshop will be held Feb. 10th- 6pm-7:30pm We'll be discussing the following topics: Types/varieties, production practices, IPM, harvest/post harvest handling, marketing, etc.
This will be a webinar that you can join from your home.
Registration is available at: