February 7, 2007 | By: Laura Skillman

Higher corn prices are driving expectations that producers will bring fallow land back into production. University of Kentucky soil specialists, Greg Schwab and Lloyd Murdock, will discuss bringing this land back into production along with tillage and compaction issues at the College of Agriculture’s integrated pest management school Wednesday, March 7 at the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton. 

Murdock will also discuss carbon sequestration in the soil and carbon trading. The school will also feature an update of soybean rust by Paul Bachi, UK plant diagnostician, along with discussion by UK Agricultural Engineer Sam McNeill of the latest in spray technologies available to target soybean rust.

The afternoon session will include a presentation by Ric Bessin, Extension entomologist, on advances in Bt varieties, and seed and foliar applied insecticides. Doug Johnson, Extension entomologist, will provide an update on the status of the soybean stem borer and soybean aphid, including pesticides available for their control. The afternoon will end with a session on weed identification presented by Jim Martin, UK weeds scientist. 

Registration will open at 8:30 a.m. with the meeting starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. The program is free and lunch will be provided. To guarantee a lunch, register by March 1 by calling 270-365-7541, ext. 218 or e-mail plucas@uky.edu.

The program is approved for 5.5 hours of continuing education units for certified crop advisers – 2 in pest management, 1.5 in crop management, and 2 in soil and water management. The meeting will offer three general hours and one specific hour of continuing education for pesticide safety education for categories 1a, 10 and 12.


Patty Lucas, 270-365-7541, ext. 218