Energy expectations will be the opening topic for the 2006 University of Missouri Crop Management Conference, according to Peter Scharf, associate professor of agronomy at MU.

The conference will be Dec. 5-6 at the Holiday Inn Select in Columbia, Mo.

James Fischer, senior technical adviser with the U.S. Department of Energy, will present the keynote address. He will focus on how American agriculture uses energy and how the industry could lead in the development of a future where energy is clean, abundant, reliable and affordable both on and off the farm.

The conference also features a range of crop management topics, presented in one-hour breakout sessions. Topics include corn diseases; soybean insects; best management practices for nitrogen; weed seedling identification; conservation planning; summer pasture options; a new federal drought-tracking program; hay and manure as nutrient sources; and crop/animal systems to use wet distillers grains.

A total of 11.5 Certified Crop Advisor Continuing Education Units is expected to be offered to those attending breakout sessions.

The conference also will offer an opportunity for Certified Crop Advisors (CCA) to become certified to write nutrient and pest management plans.

To be certified to write plans for these Natural Resource Conservation Service programs, consultants must successfully complete a training curriculum of seven modules, Scharf said.

Modules one through six may be accessed online. Module seven, an examination, must be completed in a face-to-face session. That session will be immediately following the crop management conference on Dec. 6. This may be the only examination in Missouri this year, Scharf said.

A one-hour refresher course reviewing the content of modules one through six will be offered during the crop management conference.

Updated information and registration materials are available at http://muconf.missouri.edu/cropmgt/index.html or by contacting the MU conference office at (573) 882-8320.