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Four Spring Teleconference Series

University of Illinois Extension in Waterloo and Collinsville will be hosting a series of four Spring Teleconference sessions.

Spruce Problems (Pest and Cultural Issues) will be offered on Tuesday, April 9 at 1:00 p.m. at 901 Illinois Avenue, Waterloo and at 1 Regency Plaza Drive, Suite 200, Collinsville. This session will also be repeated on Thursday, April 11th at 6:30 p.m. at the Collinsville location only. This program will cover all the cultural, disease, insect and spider mite problems that have been diagnosed at the University of Illinois Plant Clinic that affect spruce trees. Growing, cultural, and environmental conditions for spruce will also be addressed.

Pollinators and Insecticides will be the topic for the second teleconference meeting held on Tuesday, April 23 at 1:00 p.m. in Waterloo and Collinsville and Collinsville only on Thursday, April 25th at 6:30 p.m. This session will address major problems for the honey bee, our most important pollinator, as well insect pollinators and an overview of the various pollinators.

Session three will be held on Tuesday, May 7, 1:00 p.m. in Waterloo and Collinsville and in Collinsville only on Thursday, May 9th at 6:30 p.m. Tomato pests and environmental disorders will be addressed in this session All About Tomatoes: Strategies for Controlling Common Pests and Disorders.

The final session in this series will be held on Tuesday, May 21st at 1:00 p.m. in Waterloo and Collinsville and in Collinsville only on Thursday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m. Don't Doubt the Drought will look at factors from the 2012 hot, dry summer that will affect our landscapes for years to come. This program will discuss growth expectations in 2013 on lawns, newly planted trees, shrubs, and evergreens, and the best practices for helping our landscape plants recover.

Registration for each session is $5 for black/white copies of $10 for color copies. This conference is presented over the University of Illinois teleconferencing system with a power point presentation as guests across the state participate together. There will be a time for questions.

To register to attend any of these sessions in Waterloo send your payment to 901 Illinois Avenue, P. O. Box 117, Waterloo, IL 62298 or to attend in Collinsville mail to 1 Regency Plaza Drive, Suite 200, Collinsville, IL 62234. On-line registration is available via our website at . For more information about any of these conferences please call Sarah at 939-3434.

University of Illinois Extension offers equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to attend any of these sessions please call 939-3434 or 344-4230.

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