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Illinois extension prepares crop management classes
By TIM ALEXANDER
Illinois Correspondent

URBANA, Ill. — Issues central to corn, soybean and wheat producers will be discussed at three regional crop management workshops set to take place in Illinois in February, presented by University of Illinois (UOI) Extension experts.

The two-day workshops will address a variety of topics pertinent to producers in north, central and southern Illinois, and provide a forum for in-depth discussion and interaction, said Robert Bellm, an Extension crop systems educator who will lead the central Illinois workshop.

“Producers across the state will have an opportunity to meet with experts and other producers to discuss issues key to this year’s growing season,” said Bellm, whose central Illinois workshop is scheduled for Feb. 21-22 at the Route 66 Hotel & Conference Center in Springfield.

The southern Illinois workshop is scheduled for Feb. 7-8 at the Rend Lake Resort & Conference Center in Whittington; the northern Illinois workshop will be held Feb. 28 and March 1 at Kishwaukee College Convention Center in Malta.

The programs run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the first day and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. the second day.

Each workshop will feature 24 concurrent sessions, of which participants will be able to attend six, as well as opening and closing general sessions. Continuing education units have been established for Certified Crop Advisors.

Advance registration, which is due one week before each workshop, is $100 per person. Late registration is available for an additional $25. The fee includes lunch, refreshments, and the cost of printed materials.

For more information about the UOI’s central Illinois Crop Management Workshop, contact Bellm at 618-692-9434 or by e-mail at rcbellm@uiuc.edu

To learn more about the northern Illinois workshop, contact Dave Feltes at 309-792-2500 or dfeltes@uiuc.edu, and for more information on the southern Illinois workshop, call Dennis Epplin at 618-242-9310 or depplin@uiuc.edu

More details are online at http://web.extension.uiuc.edu/regions/ag/farm.htm

Kevin Steffey of the Extension asks that producers who attend one of the conferences please take the opportunity to visit with coordinators for the event to offer feedback on the program’s value or provide suggestions for future workshops.

Published in the January 11, 2006 issue of Farm World.

1/11/2006