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[NOV. 25, 2003]  URBANA -- The latest perspectives on critical issues in crop production and protection for corn and soybean growers will highlight a series of regional conferences scheduled at six sites in January 2004.

The 2004 University of Illinois Corn and Soybean Classic will cover a wide array of "hot" topics, including chasing high corn and soybean yields, the need for micronutrient soil tests, developments in agricultural drainage, interactions between weather and crop disease, soybean cyst nematode research, performances of USDA crop forecasts, changing insect management tactics, and the spectrum of weed management practices.

Scheduled speakers include U of I Extension specialists Emerson Nafziger, Robert Hoeft, Richard Cook, Dean Malvick, Terry Niblack, Darrel Good, Kevin Steffey, Mike Gray and Aaron Hager.

The daylong programs are scheduled at the Interstate Center in Bloomington on Jan. 13, the Hickory Grove Banquet Center in Rochelle on Jan. 14, the Mark of the Quad Cities in Moline on Jan. 15, the Holiday Inn in Mount Vernon on Jan. 20, the Holiday Inn in Collinsville on Jan. 21 and the Crowne Plaza in Springfield on Jan. 22.

"We are presenting six regional meetings to provide as many corn and soybean growers across the state as possible with the opportunity to participate in multidisciplinary presentations on critical issues in the areas of crop production and plant protection," said Bob Hoeft, soil fertility specialist with U of I Extension and program coordinator. "We have brought together many of the leading experts on these topics in a format that is designed to promote in-depth discussion and interaction."


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Registration at each site will begin at 8:15 a.m. Adjournment at each site is set for 3:15 p.m. "Certified Crop Advisor" credits will be offered in the following areas: nutrient management (1.0), crop management (1.0), integrated pest management (3.0) and soil and water management (1.0).

Through Dec. 31 the preregistration fee for each session is $35. Late registration or registration at the door will be $50. The fee includes lunch and a copy of the session proceedings. There will be no refunds unless notification of cancellation is received at least one week prior to the meeting.

To register, call (217) 333-2880. For additional information on all six of the 2003 Illinois Corn and Soybean Classic sessions, call (217) 333-4256.

[University of Illinois news release]

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