The University of Illinois Extension is accepting registration for a virtual 2021 Crop Management Conference. CropFlix provides binge-worthy online sessions with valuable updates for Midwestern corn and soybean farmers, according to Chelsea Harbach, U of I Extension commercial agriculture educator.
CropFlix participants may choose from prerecorded programs and watch-on-demand for the entire month of February using the university’s “Learn @ Illinois Extension” online platform. The annual conference’s new virtual format doubled the usual number of presenters, said Harbach, the program coordinator and one of the presenters.
“There's a little bit of everything in here. We will have a nice range of updates, information and recommendations,” she said. Topics include research reports, best practices recommendations and future weather projections.
New this year are presentations on grain bin safety, soil phosphorus management and more. Participants may also access two, live virtual townhalls to interact with presenters.
“Since all the presentations are prerecorded and people are watching them on demand, we wanted to make sure there was a way they could still contact the experts,” Harbach said. “After they watch the sessions, participants will be able to ask their burning questions and generate new discussions.”
The agenda includes:
- weather review and outlook for northern, central and southern Illinois;
- causes of injury or fatalities in grain entrapment, engulfment and extrication;
- tile drainage and nutrient loss;
- cover crops and insect management;
- corn and soybean economics;
- myths and best practices to manage phosphorus; and
- western and northern corn rootworm in Illinois.
The registration fee is $50. Registrants have access to the materials through February. More than 10 Certified Crop Adviser continuing education units are available.
For more information or to register, click here.