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Annual Meeting Events June 28 & 29
The Illinois Crop and ISTA Joint Annual Meeting will kick off with the Illinois Seed Trade Golf Outing on Wednesday, June 28 at Stone Creek Golf Club. Meetings will be held Thursday, June 29th at the Tony Noel Ag Center on the Parkland Community College Campus starting with lunch at noon. The annual meeting registration fee is $50 per registrant. Registration does not guarantee or cover a hotel room, but there is a block of rooms being held at The Drury Inn & Suites Champaign under Group Number: 2305611. Rooms are being held until May 29th.
April is Seed Month in Illinois. The importance of seed cannot be overstated or over communicated. So please share the importance of seed with everyone you know and check out the article on Planting Date for Corn and Soybean in Illinois from the University of Illinois. According to Emmerson Nafziger "Our long-held idea of planting corn first and then starting to plant soybean requires rethinking and possible adjustment".
Missouri Legislature Passes Regulations for Herbicide Use
The bill gives the MO Department of Agriculture more power to fine people who cause damage by violating pesticide labeling (off-label use). The bill includes fines of $10,000 for each instance and $25,000 for repeat offenders. The bill is aimed at the illegal spraying of herbicides in southeast Missouri in 2015 and 2016. Illinois Farmers and Operators should familiarize themselves with the IFCA's "Stewardship Do's and Don'ts" regarding Dicamba use and actively use the driftwatch program at https://il.driftwatch.org/.
The issue of off-label pesticide use and damage is another reason to remain vigilant in preventing the introduction and spread of Palmer Amaranth. Difficult to control weeds invite illegal off-label pesticide applications. Be sure to check your pollinator plots frequently and make efforts to have suspect seedlings and young plants identified and eradicated if positively identified as Palmer Amaranth. Read more about the issue in the most recent edition of the Illinois Seed News.
AOSA Rule for Palmer Amaranth?
It has also been suggested that the new DNA test for Palmer Amaranth in seed should be included in the AOSA Rules for testing seed. It is still Illinois Crop's opinion that the most effective way to prevent Palmer Amaranth movement in seed is field inspection and quality management along with testing. A post production rule may not motivate the entire industry to implement preventative measures. The uncertainty of improper cleaning, sampling and resampling should motivate all professional seed producers to embrace field inspections and related prevention measures. Contact your local AOSCA agency for more information about field inspections.
Field Inspection Applications
Field Inspections are just around the corner. We encourage you to use our electronic field inspection application form. A relatively simple spreadsheet can be submitted in lieu of traditional paper forms. Illinois Crop accepts submissions downloaded from your system or applications made with our template. The application templates are available on our Forms page. As always, field results are available on-line by clicking the login lab and field results link and selecting "field inspection" prior to entering your user ID and Password. Field inspection application dates and policies are also posted on our deadline page.
Shipping Seed? Need a Phytosanitary Field Inspection?
Illinois Crop is accredited under the National Seed Health System for phytosanitary field inspections. From breeding nurseries to production fields, Illinois Crop is authorized to inspect the following crops in Illinois and Puerto Rico; corn, soybean, sunflower, cotton, wheat, sorghum and now dry bean.
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