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In about a week, one of the first winter agriculture seminars will be presented just across the Illinois border in Covington, Ind.

The Purdue University Extension and University of Illinois Extension are collaborating to offer the annual Bi-State Crop Management Conference on Dec. 1. The program will be held at The Beef House, located at 16501 Indiana State Road 63 in Covington.

This year, the program presentations will begin at 9 a.m. eastern standard time, with program check-in beginning at 8:30 a.m. The first presentation will look at how to solve problems with crop plant diseases. “Solving Pathology Problems for the Future” will be presented by Kiersten Wise, who is a Purdue Extension plant disease specialist.

The second presentation of the morning will be “Drones on the Farm: Tools and or Toys.” Dennis Bowman, University of Illinois Extension commercial agriculture educator, will talk about the on-farm applications for using drone aircraft.

The morning presentations will continue with a presentation by Aaron Hager, University of Illinois weeds specialist. Aaron’s presentation is titled, “Take Action Against Marestail & Waterhemp.” The morning portion of the conference will conclude with an economic outlook presentation titled, “Prices, Outlooks & Budgets.”

After the buffet lunch, the afternoon session will engage participants in, “Corn Management Practices -- Good for Your Wallet & the Environment.” This presentation will be led by Bob Nielsen, Purdue University corn specialist, and Jim Camberato, Purdue crop nutrient specialist.

The cost for the program and lunch buffet is $20, which is payable at the door. An additional fee of $10 is required to earn credits for the Indiana Private Applicator Re-certification Program, Certified Crop Advisor, or Indiana Commercial Pesticide Applicator continuing education credits.

Preregistration is required for the conference and can be done by contacting Courtney Stierwalt, Purdue Extension Fountain County, at 765-793-2297, or you can reach her through email at

Don’t forget that the “Putting Small Acres to Work” workshop deadline of Nov. 30 is rapidly approaching. The workshop is scheduled for Dec. 5 in Piatt County at 4-H Memorial Camp. More information about this workshop can be obtained by calling Dave Shiley at the U of I Extension office in Arthur at 217-543-3755.

For more information about agriculture, horticulture and natural resources from the University of Illinois Extension, call or visit our website at Call Dave Shiley at 217-543-3755 or via email at


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