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Soil and water interactions will be the focus of a Soil and Water Management Webinar sponsored by University of Illinois Extension on Feb. 20. The seminar will be hosted at the University of Illinois Extension office in Arthur. Presentations will be delivered via PowerPoint and web conferencing from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

“Those attending will hear about the latest University of Illinois research on soil erosion and how extreme weather affects nutrient transport. Other presenters from Purdue, Georgia and Missouri will discuss cover crop selection, soil microbes, and soil health tests,” says Duane Friend, U of I Extension educator.

The first presentation of the day will be, “Implications for soil and stream management”, by Dr. Bruce L. Rhoads from the University of Illinois and Dr. Thanos Papanicolaou, from University of Tennessee. Then, Dr. Adam Ward, University of Indiana and Laura Keefer, UIUC will present, “How extreme weather controls nutrient exports from the agricultural Midwest to the Gulf, and what we can do about it."

“Managing Microbes: AMF in Cropping Systems” is the topic of Dr. Wendy Taheri, of Terra Nimbus LLC. Dr. Eileen Kladivko, from Purdue University will address the topic of “Cover crops: Benefits and Selection”. Finally, Donna Brandt, from the University of Missouri will present, “Soil health tests and how they can be used in a crop management program”.

Certified Crop Advisors will receive 4.5 continuing education units in Soil and Water Management by attending this seminar. Registration is $45 per person, which includes lunch. The registration deadline is Feb. 15, 2018. To register visit http://web.extension.illinois.edu/ccdms/ . You can also call Dave Shiley at 217-543-3755. For questions concerning the details of the Soil and Water Seminar, email Duane Friend at friend@illinois.edu, or call 217-243-7424.

For more information on University of Illinois Extension programming in Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Moultrie and Shelby counties, visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/ccdms/index.html or call us at 217-345-7034.

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