The University of Illinois' winter ag conferences kick off Dec. 5 with the third annual AGMasters Conference.
The conference format will be similar to last year with a single general session followed by one and a half days of advanced classes designed to challenge participants with the latest information on specialized and relevant topics.
The general session theme will focus on the challenges that pest resistance has created and examine potential solutions. AGMasters will begin with a thought provoking presentation from Leonard Gianessi, Director of the Crop Protection Research Institute, Washington, DC. His comments will focus on the importance of herbicides to U.S. agriculture and why their continuing use is essential to maintain current levels of productivity.
Other speakers will continue to address the resistance issue from their own unique specialties and experiences including the development of fungicide, herbicide, and Bt resistance. Following the formal presentations within the general session, a panel of University of Illinois Extension specialists will offer some comments about the 2011 season and then provide some predictions for upcoming crop production challenges in 2012.
The advanced sessions will include a variety of emerging and important topics including: Goss's wilt of corn, mystery application products, potential invasion of stink bug species into corn and soybeans, plant responses to environmental extremes, protecting the farm business with record retention procedures, unexpected consequences of glyphosate applications, and improving the effectiveness of adjuvants. Many of the advanced sessions will be taught by out-of-state speakers from other universities including: Iowa State University, Purdue University, Southern Illinois University, University of Arkansas, University of Maryland, and the University of Wisconsin.
Register for AGMasters by Nov. 18. The cost is $300. Visit www.cropsciconferences.com/ for more information.
Corn and Soybean Classics
The schedule has been set for the annual Corn and Soybean Classics. As always, the traveling seminar will touch down in multiple Illinois cities over the week and a half period.
The first event is Jan. 10, 2012 in Mt. Vernon. It also makes stops in Springfield, Champaign, Bloomington, Malta, Moline and Quincy.
Jan. 10, 2012-Mt Vernon
Jan. 11, 2012-Springfield
Jan. 12, 2012-Champaign
Jan. 16, 2012-Bloomington
Jan. 17, 2012-Malta
Jan. 18, 2012-MolineJan. 19, 2012-Quincy