Unit 14 Ag NL 2013-2014
In This Issue
Western IL/NE MO NoTill Crop Management ConferenceWestern IL/ NE MO No till/ Crop Management Conference will be held on Friday, Feb. 7th, at John Wood Community College in Quincy. Dave Brandt, a farmer from Carroll, OH will be the keynote speaker. Dave has spent years on his farm experimenting with cover crops. His topic will be how he uses cover crops to increase profit and productivity on his farm. Breakout sessions the remainder of the day will include: Dr. Mark Hanna, ISU "Tillage comparisons- Vertical, Strip and No till"; Keith Fuller, Fuller Fertilizer "Fertilizer Industry Trends"; Dr. Darrel Good, U of I, "Livestock and Crop Price Outlook"; Dr. Peter Scharf, U of MO "Nitrogen Rates, Timing and Economics in Corn".
Registration begins at 8:45am and the program begins at 9:15am.
As usual a Farmer Panel and industry displays will be featured. There will be approximately 4 hours of CCA credit offered. Cost will be $15 per person. Register: web.extension.illinois.edu/abhps
Corn and soybean classic, Jan. 10, at the Crowne Plaza, Springfield. Topics include: Weather outlook for 2014; Getting Soybeans to Produce High Yields; Marestail; Palmer Amaranth; Conservation Tillage; Fungicides for Corn and Soybean; Machinery, Farm Size and Profits; and Rootworm Injury to Rotated Bt Corn.
Registration is $75 and there are 4.5 hours of CCA credit in 4 categories. See following link for more info: http://www.cropsciconferences.com/Corn_Soybean/Home/
Soil and Management Workshop
Soil and Water Management Workshop will be held on Wed. Feb. 26th, from 9am-2:10pm at the Extension Office in Quincy. 5 hours of CCA credit in soil and water management will be offered. Topics include: Dr. Joel Gruver "Cover Crops in IL"; Dr. David Kovacic "Using Wetlands to Reduce Nutrient Loading"; Dr. Jerry Hatfield "Role of Soil Management in Reducing Weather Impacts"; Dr. Ken Olson "Effects of 2011 Flood on Ag Lands"; Dr. Tony Vyn "Vertical Tillage Equipment".
Cost for the program will be $50 per person, register at: web.extension.illinois.edu/abhps
Nitrogen Recommendations- We no longer make nitrogen recommendations based upon X pounds of nitrogen per bushel of corn yield. Instead we've been using a nitrogen rate calculator based upon the most economic return to nitrogen based upon N price and corn yield. The data base that's being used is taken from plots over the past 15 or so years. The site allows you to select location (central ILL) and rotation, you'll also input nitrogen price and expected selling price. The web address is: http://extension.agron.iastate.edu/soilfertility/nrate.aspx
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 Department of Ag Complaint filing process; Panel discussion. There is no cost to attend. Lunch will be offered.
Pesticide Applicators Training/Testing
Pesticide Applicator Testing (for private applicators) sessions have been scheduled for Tuesday Jan. 14 at the Carthage Extension Office from 10-noon and Friday, March 7th from 10am-noon at the Orr Research Center. They are both testing only sessions. Register at:
There will be a 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. http://web.extension.illinois.edu/pptcc/
Crop Management Conference
Crop Management Conference will be held on January 29-30 at the Northfield Inn Conference Center in Springfield. Certified Crop Advisers can earn up to 13 hours of CEU credit.
Advance registration, no later than one week before the conference, is $130 per person. Late and on-site registration is $150.
Topics include: Managing drift; Planning on farm research trials; Western Corn Rootworm resistance; Understanding farm financial strength; Risks associated with extreme weather events; Cover crop and no till; Wheat disease management; Corn and soybean diseases; Pigweeds and amaranthus species; Advanced soil and water; Site specific nitrogen management, and more.
More info is available: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/csrec/downloads/45676.pdf