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By John Fulton

[NOV. 8, 2004]  U of I trials: The University of Illinois Corn and Soybean Variety Trial information is now available on the Web at http://vt.cropsci.uiuc.edu. These trials provide useful information for producers to use in the seed selection process. Printed information will be available at a later date at the Extension office and as inserts to the Illinois AgriNews. Results are broken into regions of the state for each crop, and soybeans have a separate Roundup Ready category.

Many producers are also bombarded with "strip trial" results this time of year. These non-replicated trials are useful when combined with several of these types of trials. By themselves, they have little value.

Pesticide certification clinic

Logan County will have only one Private Pesticide Applicator Training Clinic this year, due to the low number of producers scheduled to retest. The training and testing session is scheduled for Dec. 15 from 8:30 a.m. until the conclusion of testing (estimated at 12:30). Preregistration is required and may be done by calling the office at 732-8289 or registering on the Web at http://web.extension.uiuc.edu/cie2/offices/

This certification is required for all producers purchasing and applying restricted-use pesticides. Certification is not needed for producers having materials custom-applied.

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With the necessity of rootworm insecticides on first-year corn, it is almost a requirement to have a license. All rootworm insecticides except for Lorsban 15G are restricted-use products. The list of herbicides requiring a license is also growing, with all atrazine products being restricted-use.

Web pages

The Logan County Extension office has developed our own set of Web pages to provide program information, educational information and links to be of use to you in our core program areas. Check out the pages at http://web.extension.uiuc.edu/logan/default/. If you have comments or suggestions, please let me know at fultonj@uiuc.edu.

[John Fulton,
Logan County Unit, University of Illinois Extension]

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