Registrants at the University of Missouri Ag Crop Management Conference will have a wide choice of topics to choose from, said Bill Johnson and Wayne Bailey, co-chairs of the conference planning committee.

Conference dates are Nov. 28 and 29 and it will be held at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28 and the program continues until 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, said Johnson, Commercial Agriculture weed scientist at MU.

"A popular feature of the Ag Crop Management Conference is the series of 10 concurrent sessions that make up the bulk of the two-day program," Johnson said.

Those concurrent sessions include weed management; agricultural business management; forage management; emerging insect issues; soil water management; developing and using site-specific management zones; interaction between diseases, insects, and weeds; crop management for valueadded traits; nutrient management; and alternative crops for Missouri.

Many of the sessions have several sections. For example, the concurrent session on emerging insect issues has sections on the soybean aphid, western corn rootworm, grape colapsis, and other emerging pests.

"The conference schedule permits attendees to attend six of the 10 sessions," Bailey, MU state extension entomologist, said. "Each session carries 1.5 continuing education units--CEUs--for those who need annual certification in their professions such as the Certified Crop Advisor Program.

A conference participant has the opportunity to earn 10.5 CEUs at this year's Crop Management Conference.

Pre-registration conference fee is $145. A $25 late fee is added after Nov. 22. The fee includes all breaks, a breakfast, two luncheons and a conference notebook.

The Holiday Inn has reserved a block of rooms for the conference at a special rate of $64. The block will be released Nov. 8 and the conference rate will then be subject to available rooms. A general session starts the program Nov. 28 with updates on weeds, insects, diseases and weather. Concurrent sessions start at 8 a.m. Nov. 29 and continue until adjournment at 3 p.m.

Many of the conference speakers are faculty at the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. Other speakers, selected for their expertise, come from University of Nebraska, University of Illinois, Ohio State University, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bayer Corporation, Jefferson Institute, and Dealer and Applicator magazine.

Registration is available from Wayne Hoover, MU Conference Office, 344 Hearnes, Columbia, MO 65211, or call 573-882-8320, or e-mail at hooverd@missouri.edu.

The Crop Management Conference is sponsored by MU University Extension; MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources; the University Extension Commercial Agriculture program cooperating with MO AG Industries Council; and the MU Conference Office.

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