Extension plans sessions
on field crop scouting

[AUG. 28, 2000]  The Logan County Extension Office has had a continuing program on field crop scouting since 1991. The program is available to anyone interested in learning more about crop production in the central Illinois area. The goal is to provide a framework for educational programs relating to crop scouting, crop growth and development, and other related topics.

The program participants volunteer their farms for a few hours in the morning every other week to provide an "outdoor classroom." Most of the sessions have about an hour of classroom instruction, and the remainder of the time is spent looking at the fields for insects, diseases, weeds and crop development. Instructors are mainly staff and educators from University of Illinois Extension, but also include personnel from USDA Natural Resources, and of course the participants do quite a bit of problem solving for each other.



One of the additions beginning three years ago was to offer CCA continuing education credits for the series of workshops. These are credits toward recertification of participants designated "Certified Crop Consultants" through the American Society of Agronomy program. This has been of great benefit to those participants needing the credits. Both agriculture industry individuals and some farmers carry the certification these days.


Some of the program topics in the past two years have included global positioning ─ a mapping demonstration for scouting weeds; European corn borer overwintering potential; digital distance diagnostics demonstration; plot review of C-Far cooperative plots located at the Hartsburg Field; plot review of nitrogen rate and manure application plots at the Hartsburg Field; soil compaction and methods of determining levels; micronutrient deficiencies in crops; and best management practices to affect water quality.


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Plans are under way for the 2001-2002 series. Sessions will begin in mid-May and continue roughly every other week through July. If you are interested in participating in and/or hosting a session, please contact the Extension Office at 732-8289.

Upcoming events of note

  • The Farm Service Agency will have their information meetings on the LDP and loan programs Aug. 29 at 1:30 p.m., Aug. 31 at 9 a.m. and Sept. 5 at 7:30 a.m. All sessions will be at the Lincoln Rec Center Ballroom.

  • The Logan County Extension/State Bank of Lincoln Commercial Corn Plot Field Day will be Wednesday, Sept. 6, from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The event will be at the Fort Trust Farms on Route 10 about two miles west of Beason. Mark Fricke of the FSA office will speak at 11:30 a.m. about farm programs, and a dinner will be served. If you plan to attend, please contact the State Bank or Logan County Extension to allow for meal preparation.

  • Logan County Extension is planning an open house at the new facility on Sept. 11 from 3 to 7 p.m. The facility is located on the northwest corner of the Logan County Fairgrounds, with access from Postville Road.

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Ahrends selected for ag leadership class

[AUG. 23, 2000]  Marty Ahrends of Lincoln was recently selected as one of 30 new members from throughout the state for the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Program Class of 2002.

Over the next two years, class members will attend 14 seminars focusing on current social, political and economics issues. The first year's curriculum includes a 10-day national travel seminar to Washington, D.C. and one other region of the United States. A 14-day international studying experience is the highlight of the second year of the program.

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The mission of the IALP is to develop knowledgeable and effective spokespersons to become policy and decision makers for the agricultural industry. The IALP is designed for individuals involved in agriculture who have demonstrated leadership ability and potential.

Ahrends is the advertising manager and agricultural writer for Lincolndailynews.com.