Time is running out to register for an informative series of tillage seminars that will be held throughout the state late this month. The deadline to sign-up is Jan. 18.
The "Conservation Tillage and Agronomic Stewardship" seminars are scheduled Jan. 23 in Mt. Vernon, Jan. 24 in Springfield and Jan. 25 in Utica. The cost is $25 per person. Those wishing to attend can either send a check to the Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District, 2110 W. Park Court, Suite C, Champaign, Ill., 61821, or visit www.ccswcd.com on the internet and pay their registration fee online.
Speakers and topics have been chosen specifically for each region. The Mt. Vernon seminar, for example, will include a presentation about nutrient placement on Sodic and Karst soils, while the Springfield and Utica seminars will feature sessions on strip till and drainage water management. For complete agendas, call (217) 352-3536 or visit the registration website.
The Mt. Vernon seminar will be held in the Rolland Lewis Community Building, 800 S. 27th Street. The Illinois Department of Agriculture Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds will host the Springfield seminar, while the Utica seminar will take place at Celebrations 150, 740 East U.S. Highway 6.
In Springfield and Utica, topics will include Nutrient Placement in Strip Till by Fabian Fernandez; Keep it For the Crop 2025 Program by Jean Payne; How to Make Soil Smoke! by Frank Gibbs; Cover Crops and No-Till by Mike Plumer; Post Emergent N options by Howard Brown, and Drainage Water Management by Richard Cooke.
Mount Vernon will also feature Frank Gibbs, Jean Payne, Mike Plumer, and Howard Brown, but will have Fabian Fernandez discussing Nutrient Placement on Karst and Sodic soils, and Bryan Young on Palmer Amaranth. There will be producer panels at all sites discussing tillage management.
The seminars qualify for continuing education credits. Certified crop advisors can obtain five hours of credit in soil and water management for the Springfield and Utica seminars. Mt. Vernon offers four credits in soil and water management and one in integrated pest management.The Illinois Department of Agriculture, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, University of Illinois Extension and Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts are sponsoring the series.