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University of Illinois Extension is offering several agriculture, environment, specialty crops, local foods, horticulture, and safety webinars this winter which may be of interest to your readers and viewers. You can connect directly with the experts to learn more about the event or topic by clicking their name.

FIELD CROP PRODUCTION

January 14 | 9 AM - Noon: Northwest Illinois Agronomy Summit

Stephenson County Farm Bureau Building, 210 W. Spring Street, Freeport

A collaborative effort by University of Illinois Extension and University of Wisconsin-Madison will provide strategies for weed, pest, disease, and nutrient management. Topics of the summit, Updates in Crop Management, include:

  • Nutrient Management Under High Prices: Make the most of your input dollar by considering manure and cover crop credits, crop rotation, nitrogen management, and more. Presenter: Daniel Smith, Nutrient and Pest Management Specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Illinois Variety Testing Program: Review recent University of Illinois corn, soybean, and hemp variety trials. Presenter: Allen Parrish, Director, U of I Crop Science Research Farm
  • Tode Talk: Updates on Soybean Cyst Nematode Management: Learn new methods to help manage CSN. Presenter: Chelsea Harbach, Extension Commercial Ag Educator
  • University Research Trials: Presenter: Phillip Alberti, Extension Commercial Ag Educator

Contact: Phillip Alberti. 815-235-4125. palberti@illinois.edu

Field Crop Management Conference: Multiple Locations

For information on any of the events, contact Chelsea Harbach. 309-734-1098. harbach2@illinois.edu.

  • January 19 | 8 AM - 4 PM: 2022 Crop Management Conference | Mt. Vernon Doubletree by Hilton, Mt. Vernon
    • Insect Management in Corn and Soybean
    • Managing High-Priced Fertilizer in 2022
    • Maintaining and Enhancing the USDA Soybean Germplasm Collection
    • Group 15 Herbicides
  • February 1 to March 14 | Anytime: 2022 Crop Management Conference Online
    • Introduction to the Dashboard for Agricultural Water Use and Nutrient Management project
    • Controlling Soybean Cyst Nematodes in Soybean through Genetic Resistance
    • Controlling Wheat Head Scab in Illinois: Separating Fact from Fiction
  • February 2 | 8 AM - 4 PM: 2022 Crop Management Conference | Macomb Grand Ballroom, The University Union, Macomb
    • Insect Management in Corn and Soybean
    • Managing High-Priced Fertilizer in 2022
    • Maintaining and Enhancing the USDA Soybean Germplasm Collection
    • Group 15 Herbicides
    • Agriculture in a Changing Climate: What We Know, What We Don't Know, and What We Can Do
  • February 8 | 8 AM - 4 PM: 2022 Crop Management Conference | Champaign I-Hotel, Champaign
    • Insect Management in Corn and Soybean
    • Managing High-Priced Fertilizer in 2022
    • Maintaining and Enhancing the USDA Soybean Germplasm Collection
    • Group 15 Herbicides
    • Agriculture in a Changing Climate: What We Know, What We Don't Know, and What We Can Do
  • February 15 | 8 AM: 2022 Crop Management Conference | Sycamore Farm Bureau Building, Sycamore
    • Insect Management in Corn and Soybean
    • Managing High-Priced Fertilizer in 2022
    • Maintaining and Enhancing the USDA Soybean Germplasm Collection
    • Group 15 Herbicides

January - Spring: Illinois Pesticide Safety Education Program

All University of Illinois Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program training and testing is online through spring 2022. Online, on-demand training courses allow participants to complete the training on their own schedule and at their own pace within a 30-day access window. The courses, taught by PSEP specialists, are engaging and provide exam-preparation questions throughout. Participants may also purchase printed self-study training publications for each license category at Pubs Plus. The workbooks align with the manuals and provide sample questions. Contact: Michelle Wiesbrook. 217-244-4397 buesinge@illinois.edu

Currently Available

  • Private Applicator Online Training ($45), Testing ($12)
  • General Standards Training ($45), Testing ($12)
  • Aerial General Standards Testing Only ($12)
  • Dealer Testing Only ($12)
  • Field Crops Training ($25), Testing ($12)
  • Rights-of-Way Training ($25), Testing ($12)
  • Vegetable Training ($25), Testing ($12)
  • Demonstration and Research Training ($25), Testing ($12)
  • Private Grain Fumigation Training ($25), Testing ($12)
  • Grain Facility Training ($25), Testing ($12)
  • Seed Treatment Testing Only ($12)
  • Turfgrass Training ($25), Testing ($12)
  • Ornamentals Training ($25), Testing ($12)
  • Aquatics Training ($25), Testing ($12)
  • Mosquito Training ($25), Testing ($12)
  • Plant Management Training ($25), Testing ($12)
  • Forest Testing Only ($12)
  • Fruit Crops Testing Only ($12)
  • Livestock Testing Only ($12)
  • Sewer Line Root Testing Only ($12)
  • Soil Fumigation Testing Only ($12)

LIVESTOCK PRODUCTION

January 27 – 28: Driftless Region Beef Conference

Grand River Convention Center, Dubuque, Iowa

With nearly 2.5 million cattle in four Midwest states, Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin Extension experts are teaming together to offer the Driftless Region Beef Conference.

  • Keynote: Ron Gill, Professor and Extension Livestock Specialist, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
  • Value-added Cuts Meat Fabrication Demonstration: Terry Houser, Iowa State University Meat Science Specialist
  • Alternative Meats
  • Consumer Trends
  • Producer Panel: Value-added Opportunities
  • Matt Ludlow, Rush Creek Ranch, Wisconsin, and recent winner of the National Stocker Award
  • Feedlot operations and cow-calf producers breakout sessions
  • Market Outlook

Contact: Jay Solomon. 815-235-4125. jssolomo@illinois.edu

January - February: Certified Livestock Manager Training

University of Illinois Extension is hosting 10 in-person Certified Livestock Manager Training workshops in addition to the 24/7 online training. Contact: Jay Solomon. 815-235-4125. jssolomo@illinois.edu

February 2 | 11 AM - 3 PM: Hybrid Illinois Dairy Summit

Highland College, Freeport, and Online

The summit, Opportunities Learned in Managing Dairy Cows During COVID, will include presentations by Mike Hutjens, Phil Cardoso, and Derek Nolan. Extension is joined by the Illinois Milk Producers Association as sponsors. In-person seating is limited.

February 10 | 9:30 AM: 2022 Dudley Smith Farm Winter Meeting

Christian County Extension Office, 1120 N. Webster St., Taylorville

The Dudley Smith Farm Winter Meeting covers a range of topics related to sustainable agriculture practices and the adoption of technological advances used to assist rural farms across Illinois. Winter meeting topics include beef cattle management, grazing management, soil health, nutrient management, and water quality. Contact: Cassie O'Connell. 217-287-7246. coconne@illinois.edu

February 24: Illinois Performance Tested Bull Sale

Illinois Beef Expo, Springfield

The Illinois Performance Tested Bull Sale is a leader in introducing Illinois seedstock breeders and commercial cow-calf producers to the latest evaluation technologies and practices. The sale offers the best performance-based genetics of the beef industry. Contact: Travis Meteer. 217-236-4961. wmeteer2@illinois.edu