University of Illinois Extension’s commercial agriculture team has put together a new webinar series targeted towards those in production agriculture in Illinois.

With the uncertainty of likely face-to-face programming for the summer, the team wanted to ensure we have a method of relaying useful and impactful information to the agricultural community of Illinois.

We are launching “The Commercial Ag Webinar Series.” The series will occur at 3 p.m. every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. It started May 13 with four webinars planned for May and June. Registration is required for individual live webinars because spaces are limited. Webinar recordings will be available for viewing for those unable to participate. Visit {}.

Topics and presenters include:

“Early season insect pests,” Nick Seiter, U of I Extension field crops entomologist; “We’ll get through this: Navigating the unknown together,” Josie Rulolphi, U of I Extension specialist and assistant professor; “Hemp crop review and research update,” Phillip Alberti, Extension commercial ag educator; “Nematodes stealing your yield? You’ll never know until you sample,” Chelsea Harbach, U of I Extension commercial ag educator, and Diane Plewa, U of I plant clinic director.

Webinars will be livestreamed using Zoom, a free application available for computers, tablets and mobile devices. Individuals who attend the webinars will have the opportunity to ask the presenters question directly.

Contact me at and 309-734-1098 for registration assistance or questions.

We look forward to “seeing” you at our webinars!

Chelsea Harbach serves as University of Illinois Extension commercial agriculture educator at the Northwestern Illinois Agricultural R&D Center, Monmouth.