Have you struggled to manage your pests in agronomic crops this year? If so consider attending a Pest Management Update Series hosted by University of Wisconsin-Extension. Eight meetings that provide updates to weed, insect and disease management in corn, soybean, small grains, and alfalfa will be held throughout the state in November.

Discussions of important pests that are spreading in Wisconsin and management approaches will be highlighted. In addition to these updates, participants will also have a chance to hone their IPM skills with hands on training in the afternoon.

This conference has always been highly valued by agribusiness and crop consultants noted Mark Renz, UW-Extension/Madison weed specialist. He said previous meeting attendees estimated that information they received from the meeting adds/saves them more than $10 per acre.

“While we have a long history of success with this meeting, we are thrilled to partner with the UW Integrated Crop and Pest Management Program this year” says Renz. “This group has a wealth of experience at reinforcing critical IPM issues through hands-on training sessions and will add another dimension to the program.”

The morning session focuses on integrated pest management updates by crop and is streamlined to focus on new pesticide registrations, pest updates and highlight important issues from 2014 by crop. Afternoon sessions focus on specific updates such as herbicide resistance, sprayer technology, and the pest management mobile website. The meeting will end with diagnostic training events developed to improve problem solving skills for pest related issues common to Wisconsin field crops.

Speakers are UW-Extension/Madison specialists Mark Renz and Vince Davis, weed scientists; Damon Smith, plant pathologist; Dan Heider, IPM specialist; and Bryan Jensen, entomologist.

Cost of attendance is $40, which includes a copy of the 2015 Pest Management in Wisconsin Field Crops ($15 value), lunch, and other educational material. Four hours of CCA CEU pest management credits will be available at each location.

All sessions start at 10 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. Registration and coffee begins at 9:30 a.m. for all sessions. Organizers request participants to pre-register with the host agent at least one week before the meeting they wish to attend.

The schedule for the Wisconsin Pest Management Update meetings is:

Nov. 10: Marshfield, contact Richard Halopka, UW-Extension Clark County crops/soils agent at 715-743-5121

Nov. 11: Chippewa Falls, contact Jerry Clark, UW-Extension Chippewa/Eau Claire Counties crops/soils educator at 715-726-7950

Nov. 12: Sparta, contact Bill Halfman, UW-Extension Monroe County agriculture agent at 608-269-8722

Nov. 13: Janesville, contact Nick Baker, UW-Extension Rock County agriculture at 608-757-5698

Nov. 17: Fond du Lac, contact Mike Rankin, UW-Extension Fond du Lac County agriculture agent at 920-929-3170

Nov. 18: Kimberly, contact Kevin Jarek, UW-Extension Outagamie County at 920-391-4653

Nov. 19: Belmont, contact Ted Bay, UW-Extension Grant County crops/farm management agent at 608-723-2125

Nov. 20: Arlington, contact George Koepp, UW-Extension Columbia County agriculture agent at 608-742-9682