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Winter Wheat U of I Extension NewsFeb. 4, 2015


Winter Wheat

Forum Set

For Feb. 17

The Illinois Wheat Association’s annual Winter Wheat Forum will be held Feb. 17 at Krieger’s Holiday Inn Convention Center in Mt. Vernon. The forum, which aims to help Illinois wheat producers increase productivity and profitability, will again feature a wide variety of attractions for producers and processors.

Attendees at this year’s forum can expect to participate in sessions covering several topics, including scab and vomitoxin management, fungicide application, and an Illinois legislative update, along with sessions on weather and markets. In addition to browsing a wide variety of exhibits, participants also will have the opportunity to attend the Illinois Wheat Association annual meeting, held at the conclusion of the forum.

Topics and speakers will include:

* Fundamentals supporting a new era of grain prices – John Newton, clinical associate professor of agricultural commodity markets, University of Illinois

* Weather 2015 – Will El Nino change everything? – Larry Acker, 3F Forecasts, Polo.

* Illinois legislative and political landscape – Kevin Semlow, director of state legislation, Illinois Farm Bureau.

* 90 percent of scab control is half fungicides: What we’ve learned from 19 years of fungicide trials – Carl Bradley, associate professor of plant pathology, University of Illinois.

* Hitting the target! – Dave Hooker, assistant professor, Department of Plant Agriculture, University of Guelph, Ridgetown, Ontario, Canada.

Soil Fertility

Continuing Ed

Soil fertility and the influence of crop production practices, environmental stewardship and market prices will be the focus of a Soil Fertility Seminar sponsored by University of Illinois Extension on Feb. 27 at the University of Illinois Extension offices at 1404 E. Main, Rt. 50 East, Salem, and 1163 North 4th Street, Breese. Presentations will be delivered through web conferencing from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and lunch will be provided.

“Those attending this seminar will learn about the most current nutrient management research and recommendations to both increase nutrient efficiency and decrease nutrient losses.” says Angie Peltier, Educator with the University of Illinois Extension.

Presentations from university researchers will cover diverse topics: from “Nutrient Management is More than Application Rate” to “How Algae Blooms have Affected Nutrient Management in the Lake Erie Basin”, from “Nitrogen Management Practices: Reducing Atmospheric and Leaching Losses While Maintaining Yields” to “Making Soil Fertility Decisions in 2015” and Evaluation of Adapt-N in the Corn Belt”. Certified Crop Advisors will earn up to five continuing education units in Nutrient Management by attending this seminar.

Registration is $50 per person, which includes lunch. The registration deadline is Feb. 20. Register online at 

If dietary or other reasonable accommodations are needed for participation, please call Brenda Lyons at 618-548-1446 or Gail DeVilbiss at 618-526-4551.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, contact the extension office at (618)327-8881

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