Recommended Practices for Grain Storage to be discussed at Agronomy Summit

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December 27, 2018
Freeport, IL---Despite the fantastic growing conditions experienced throughout most of crop development, things were far from perfect this year; A cold, wet spring prevented us from getting the crop in the ground, and extensive late-season rainfall delayed us in getting it out. This excessive moisture caused a wide array of issues to pop up throughout the growing season including: insect pests, foliar disease, stalk rot, ear rot, and lodging. “Producers had to deal with a little bit of everything this year. Between all of the disease issues we saw late in the season impacting quality and the problems we had getting the crop out, it was a challenging year for producers in Northern Illinois” Commercial Agriculture Educator Phillip Alberti said.
If that was not enough, uncertainty in the market and inability to sell their crop has forced producers to put most of their crop into storage; that is, if they have the space to store it. As such, producers are looking for options to get rid of or store their crop properly. “Long-term storage of corn and soybeans is risky business as it is, particularly when not done properly,” Alberti said. With problems, come solutions and to help producers figure out their storage solutions, Ryan Horsfield, Location Manager at Gavilon Grain, will be coming to Freeport on January 15th for the Northwest Illinois Agronomy Summit to discuss recommended grain storage management practices; additionally, Ryan will be discussing common issues they see from lack of proper grain management.
The theme for this year’s agronomy summit is “Updates in Nutrient and Pest Management.” For Certified Crop Advisors, 6.5 CEU’s will be available, including the categories of nutrient and pest management. In addition to Ryan Hosfield, speakers for the summit will include:
Integrated Approaches to White Mold Management- Dr. Damon Smith, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Field Crops Extension and Research Pathologist,
Practical Nitrogen Management - Dr. Emerson Nafziger, University of Illinois, Extension Agronomist
What On-Farm N Rate Trials Are Telling Us - Dr. Emerson Nafziger, University of Illinois, Extension Agronomist and John Musser, Stephenson Service Company, CCA
The 2018 Corn Season: Understanding Tar Spot and Physoderma - Dr. Nathan Kleczewski, University of Illinois, Research Assistant Professor and Field Crop Pathologist,
Insect Management in Corn and Soybean – Dr. Nicholas Seiter, University of Illinois, Research Assistant Professor and Field Crop Entomologist
Data Intensive Farm Management – Phillip Alberti and Jesse Soule University of Illinois,
The Northwest Illinois Agronomy Summit will be held at Highland Community College Conference Center in Freeport, IL on January 15th, 2019 from 8:00a.m.- 4:00p.m.The cost of the program is $30 per person. Please register for this event by Friday January 11th so proper accommodations can be made. Registration can be completed on-line at or by calling the University of Illinois Extension office at (815) 235-4125. For questions