February 10, 2010

New and timely topics in weed, disease and insect management are slated for the 2010 IPM Training School hosted by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. The program is scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CST March 3 at the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton.

New to this year's program is a presentation by Tom Barnes, UK extension wildlife specialist, on common endangered species in Kentucky and agriculture. He will identify common endangered species and the proper steps to take if producers find them on their farms.

Controlling glyphosate-resistant weeds is an uphill battle for producers. UK weed scientist Jim Martin will discuss the status of glyphosate-resistant weeds in the state and controlling volunteer corn in soybeans. UK entomologist Ric Bessin will talk about the effects volunteer corn could have on corn rootworm populations. 

Other topics include hot topics in grain production, an insect update, UK's new method for soil testing, the build-up and draw-down of soil potassium, and grid sampling in support of lime, phosphorus and potassium applications.

The program is free, and lunch is provided. Preregistration is not necessary, but to guarantee a lunch call MaryAnn Kelley at 270-365-7541, ext. 216 or e-mail Patty Lucas at plucas@uky.edu before March 1. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. the day of the program.

Program organizers have applied for 5.5 continuing education units for certified crop advisors. This is divided between 1.5 in pest management, 1.5 in crop management, 1 in nutrient management and 1.5 in soil and water management. In addition, the program has been approved for 2 general and 1 specific pesticide applicator hours in categories 1A, 10 and 12.

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