Crops conference slated for March 5

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

The 2012 Crops Conference sponsored by Beck’s Hybrids, Illinois Central College, and Classic Country 1290 WIRL will be held March 5, at the ICC Performing Arts Center on the East Peoria Campus. The conference will include presentations for area farmers and agricultural leaders specific to their operations in central Illinois.

Presenters include agronomist Gordon Roskamp talking about pesticide resistance, Fabian Fernandez discussing micronutrients for crop production, and Mike Plumer on cover crop management. Other features will include a crop and pest overview by Matt Montgomery as well as a commodities outlook for 2012 by Pete Manhart. Another highlight will be the Central Illinois weather update and forecast by WEEK News 25 Chief Meteorologist Chuck Collins.

The event runs 9 a.m. — 2:45 p.m., and registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Cost is $10 which includes continental breakfast, and a two-meat buffet lunch.

WIRL Agribusiness Director Deanna Thomas will broadcast her noon show live from the event.

Certified Crop Advisors may be eligible for 4.5 CEU’s (applied for). Registration deadline is Feb. 29. Seating is limited. To register, go to www.icc.edu/pdi/crops or call 690-6900.