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Current topics about crop production in Western Illinois, including field crops research at the NWIARDC in Monmouth.
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Center Field Day - July 26, 8 AM

Join personnel from the Northwestern Illinois Ag Research and Demonstration Center for their 36th annual field day on July 26. Buses will leave the research center (321 201th Ave, Monmouth) at 8 AM sharp and travel to different stops where researchers will discuss their research at the center. Presentati...

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Figure. Anhydrous ammonia tank (Gerald Holmes, Valent USA Corporation, Bugwood.org).

Dr. Nafziger to Present Nitrogen Management Webinar on Thursday, March 30

In the Bulletin , Dr. Emerson recently announced a nitrogen management webinar that he will present this Thursday: "On Thursday, March 30 beginning at 9:00 AM, I will present a webinar summarizing our recent N management research, which is funded by the Illinois Nutrient Research and Education Council (NREC) using fertilizer checkoff funds. Topics will include the status...

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February 28 Soil Fertility Seminar to offer continuing education

Soil fertility, crop production practices and environmental stewardship will be the foci of a Soil Fertility Seminar on February 28, 2017 in 18 different University of Illinois Extension county offices. Presentations will be delivered through web conferencing from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Topics and speakers will include: Increasing importance of sulfur for field cro...

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Figure. Waterhemp plants are beginning to poke their way through the canopy in many soybean fields in late July in Western Illinois.

Register before the deadline this Friday: Weed Management Workshop in Pekin and Lewistown

U of I Extension communications specialist Anita Wilkinson summarizes the workshops as follows: A weed management workshop will be held at the Fulton County Extension Office in Lewistown on Feb. 7 and the Tazewell County Extension Office in Pekin on Feb. 9. and will feature the following topics: Weed ID and growth habits Herbicide sites of action...

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Extension Bi-State Crops Conferences in and near Western Illinois

New and longer-term partnerships between personnel in Illinois and personnel in Missouri and Iowa have resulted in several bi-state crops conferences to be held during January 2017 in Western Illinois or Eastern Iowa. Friday, January 6, 2017: Bi-State Crop Advantage Conference, Burlington, IA, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM...

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Registration now open for the 2017 Regional Crop Management Conferences

Registration is open for the 2017 Crop Management Conferences. These regional conferences provide a forum for discussion and interaction between participants and university researchers and are designed to address a wide array of topics pertinent to crop production in Illinois: crop management, pest management, nutrient management, soil and water management. Certified Crop Advisers can e...

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CEU Opportunity: Soil Health Webinar - August 24, 2016

Field agronomists, farmers and others interested in soil health are encourage to join the soil health webinar on Aug. 24 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The webinar will be presented by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS), and qualifies for one soil and water continuing education...

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Figure. Screen shot from a webinar housed on the USDA Science and Technology Training Library. There is a statement under credits (red box) that indicated whether the webinar is geared toward CCAs.

Upcoming and archived conservation webinars offer learning (and CEU) opportunities

Farmers are interested in research-based information about resource conservation and certified crop advisors (CCAs) are continually in search of opportunities to earn continuing education units (CEUs) to maintain their certification. Every two years a CCA must earn 40 CEUs. At least 20 of these CEUS must be from sources that have obtained pre-approval and have been assigned an official tracking...

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1 to 3 PM on Feb 11 - Live Resilient Corn Production Webinar - **CEU Opportunity**

A webinar will be held live, from 1 to 3 pm on Thursday, February 11. See the results of a five-year, multi-state research project focused on farm management practices and their potential for making corn-based agriculture more resilient. The practices provide resiliency in times of drought, reduce soil and nutrient losses under saturated soil conditions, decrease farm field nitrogen...

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Online courses target weed and crop management topics

Each year the University of Illinois Extension's regional Crop Management Conferences offer hours of research-based education to farmers, Certified Crop Advisors, and other agricultural professionals. Interactive online courses were developed from 2015 conference presentations by University of Illinois Department of Crop Science faculty: New (and old) Tools for Delaying and Copi...

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2015 Soil Fertility Seminar to be Held in 17 Illinois Counties on February 27

Attendees can learn results of some of the latest soil fertility research going on at Midwestern Universities at the 2015 Soil Fertility Seminar. Certified Crop Advisors can earn up to FIVE Nutrient Management CEUs at the 2015 Soil Fertility Seminar. This seminar, to be held in 17 county Extension offices (see map), will feature the results of some of the most current...

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Exciting Program Planned for the 2015 Regional Crop Management Conferences!

Registration is now open for the 2015 Regional Crop Management Conferences. These 2-day conferences provide a forum for discussion and interaction between participants and university researchers and are designed to address a wide array of topics pertinent to crop production in Illinois: crop management, pest management, nutrient management, soil and water management. Certified Crop Advi...

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Farmers, CCAs, anyone with an interest: Time spent with an online course is likely time well spent

Each year the University of Illinois Extension’s 2-day Extension Crop Management Conference series brings 13 hours of training to farmers, Certified Crop Advisors and other professionals working in agriculture. Extension personnel captured audio of three speakers presenting four different topics during the 2014 Crop Management Conferences. Personnel in the Extension web office then synced the a...

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Resilient ag conference now open to crop advisors and farmers - Register by July 28th

CCA Continuing Education Units Available. Certified Crop Advisors can earn continuing education credits through in-person and online attendance of the Resilient Agriculture Conference, August 5-7, in Ames, Iowa. Most conference sessions will be live-streamed, with the exception of the field activities and farmers and crop advisors throughout the upper Midwest are encouraged to att...

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2014 NWIARDC Field Day to Highlight Hot Topics in Agriculture

The program is set for the 33 rd annual University of Illinois' Northwestern Agricultural Research Center Field Day. The program will begin at 8 am on Tuesday, July 15 th . Buses will carry members of the public to different stops in the research center where campus-based specialists or Extension personnel will present the results of crop and pest management research...

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Cover crops webinar series - CCA CEU opportunity

The American Society of Agronomy will be hosting a Cover Crops webinar series on Thursdays in March. Each webinar is free and open to the public. Because this series is sponsored by 13 different public and private organizations, continuing education units will also be available to registered Certified Crop Advisor participants free of charge. The webinars will be available live...

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Soil & Water Management Seminar to be held February 26th

The University of Illinois Extension will be offering a Soil & Water Management Seminar on February 26, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This program is geared toward Certified Crop Advisors, farmers and other agricultural professionals and will be held at both the Knox County Extension Office and in the 4-H Auditorium at the McDonough County Fair Grounds....

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There's still time to register for 10th Annual Crop Management Conference

University of Illinois Extension is hosting the 10 th annual Illinois Crop Management Conferences in January and February. Each conference is a two-day, in-depth program providing university research-based information on current crop production issues. The conference is geared toward farmers, Certified Crop Advisors, and other agriculture professionals and will address many 'hot topi...

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Figure. Attendees find some shade while listening to Dr. Emerson Nafziger talk about getting high soybean yields at the NWIARDC 2012 Field Day.

Speakers set for 32nd annual NWIARDC Field Day!

The program has been set for the 2013 University of Illinois' Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center (NWIARDC) field day! The 32nd annual field day will begin at 8 am on Wednesday, July 17th at the NWIARDC, which is located 1 mile North and 4 miles West of Monmouth at 210th Avenue. Buses will carry members of the public to different stops in the research cen...

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Two new online Extension resources

The University of Illinois Extension web-team has released two new online resources. A new online learning module is open both to the public and to Certified Crop Advisors that are looking to earn one continuing education unit ( Figure ). This module is called " Corn Residue and Foliar Disease ". Many foli...

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Figure. Anhydrous ammonia tank (Gerald Holmes, Valent USA Corporation, Bugwood.org).

Upcoming Local Soil Fertility-Nutrient and Soil and Water Management Programs

With 2013 harvest and fall field operations completed in near record time and the recent snap of colder weather, perhaps you are itching to get out and about to some winter Extension programs. Two programs (Soil Fertility and Soil and Water Management Workshops) have been scheduled to occur in many Extension Units throughout the state in February. Check your local Extension Unit's webp...

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Winter Extension Programs

Researchers from the University of Illinois are poised to deliver timely research-based recommendations through conferences scheduled in several locations around the state of Illinois this winter. 2012 Farm Economics Summit - December 10 - 14, 2012 - Five locations The team of agricultural economists that brings you online economic information on...

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Do you need continuing education units to maintain your CCA certification?

Do you need continuing education units to maintain your CCA certification? If you do, you are in luck. There will be numerous opportunities for earning credits at many of the University of Illinois' winter meetings ( Corn-Soybean Classics , Crop...

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Figure. Register for the University of Illinois Department of Crop Sciences 2012 AGMasters and Corn & Soybean Classics Conferences.

Registration is open for the 2012 AGMasters and 2013 Corn and Soybean Classics Conferences

Field crops producers, certified crop advisors and other agricultural professionals: Mark your calendars for the AgMasters Conference in Champaign on November 26 th and 27 th . This two-day conference has a unique format with a single general session followed by 1 ½ days of break-out advanced classes. These break-out...

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Figure. Visit the University of Illinois Extension's Certified Crop Advisor website to enroll in online classes.

Online Certified Crop Advisor Training

Although you are likely swamped right now with the planting season in full swing, you may have a nagging feeling in the back of your mind. Did you miss some of the events this winter that might have offered some of the Continuing Education Units (CEUs) that you need? The University of Illinois Extension might have a solution for you in the...

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