JO DAVIESS COUNTY (WIFR) -- Although northwest Illinois has seen ample precipitation this spring, last year’s drought can still affect the corn and soybean yields for this year.
The University of Illinois Extension will be hosting a crop production update on Tuesday, July 23rd at 6:00pm at the Stockton Township Library on 140 W. Benton Ave. The workshop entitled, Corn and Soybean Diseases: What are we Seeing in 2013? will be presented by Commercial Agriculture Educators, Angie Peltier and Russ Higgins. Peltier and Higgins plan to discuss how weather and disease will have an impact on 2013 crops, and what producers can do in preparation for these conditions. Higgins states, “Many corn and soybean pathogens survive in the soil or in plant residue from previous growing seasons. High yielding varieties and hybrids often vary in their susceptibility to these pathogens. Weather conditions at various points throughout the life of corn and soybean plants influence whether interactions between plants and pathogens will result in disease.
The agronomy workshop in Stockton will address disease problems in 2013 with an emphasis on how to control these diseases in future years and which diseases to keep on the lookout for as the season winds down.”
Cost will be $5.00, and pre-registration is required by July 19th. To register, call the Extension office in Jo Daviess County at 815-858-2273 or go online: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw/ .