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Nick Seiter, entomologist, joins the University of Illinois this fall. Nineteen Illinois CCAs achieve 4R certification.

July 13, 2017

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THE 4 R’s: Use the right rate and right source of nutrients, at the right time and in the right place.

U of I welcomes new entomologist

The University of Illinois will welcome southeast Indiana native Nick Seiter, entomologist, to the Crop Sciences Department on Sept. 16.

“We have researchers working on plant pests, but Nick will be our front door with the growers, really taking the pulse of what’s happening out there,” says Germán Bollero, department head for crop sciences.

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NEW ENTOMOLOGIST: Nick Seiter will join the University of Illinois Crop Sciences Department in September.

Seiter completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in entomology at Purdue University, working on row crop insects and focusing on the western corn rootworm for his master’s. He started doctoral work at Clemson University in 2011.

“I developed preliminary management practices for the kudzu bug, which was a new invasive species in soybeans,” Seiter explains.

In 2014, he transitioned to the University of Arkansas as an Extension entomologist, working on various insect pests in cotton, soybeans, sorghum, corn and rice.

Agriculture is the perfect combination of science and the outdoors, Seiter notes. “I started working in row crop entomology as a summer job,” he explains. “I enjoyed it and kept going from there.”

His new role with the University of Illinois brings Seiter closer to home, and he’s excited to be part of Illinois agriculture. “The ag industry here is booming,” Seiter notes. “Illinois is a great place to work in agriculture. It’s an opportunity to build a program and to do some impactful work, I hope.”

Seiter will determine project work based on need. “That’s what motivates me in my work, that problem-solving aspect,” he says. “It’s why I’ve worked in applied research throughout my career.”

Western corn rootworm and western bean cutworm top Seiter’s target pest list. “I think there will be some opportunity to work on that, as well as some of the soybean defoliators, stinkbugs and other pests that come up on a recurring basis,” he adds.

Farmers can follow Seiter on Twitter before he officially joins the University of Illinois Crop Sciences Department this fall @nick_seiter.

Source: U of I

 

Illinois CCAs lead 4R specialist certification

 There are 64 certified crop advisers in Illinois certified as 4R nutrient management specialists, which is twice as many compared with any other state. Last year, 45 Illinois CCAs achieved certification, and 19 individuals recently joined them:

• Jared Bergmann, Vienna
• David Brummer, Taylorville
• Greg Creech, Hartford City
• Joseph Franks, Reynolds
• John Niemeyer, Martinsville
• Daniel Maggart, DeLand
• William Kurz, Ellisville
• Tim Wolfe, Clinton
• Scott Lee, Durand
• James Donnelly, Walnut
• Christopher Kloker, Pittsfield
• Joshua Valier, Pinckneyville
• Adam Day, Ottawa
• Richard Reineke, St. Peters
• William McDonnell, Ottawa
• Nolan Paxton, Prophetstown
• Kevin Moore, Mound City
• Dennis Godar, Rochester
• David Rahe, Hillsboro

Illinois CCAs who are 4R nutrient management specialists provide credible evaluations on the effectiveness of 4R practices, which include using the right rate and right source of nutrients, at the right time and in the right place. 4R NMS CCAs promote 4R practice implementation and provide feedback to all Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy stakeholders, including state and federal agencies, environmental groups, water supply and water treatment personnel, academia, and fellow ag groups. 

For more information on the Illinois CCA program, call 815-844-6677.

Source: Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association

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