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Northern Illinois Agronomy Agronomy Day is July 10

HENRY — The Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center will be hosting its summer Agronomy Day on July 10 in Shabbona. Transportation will be provided by Ag View FS, Inc. and Birkey’s Case IH in Henry. The bus will pick up in Princeton, Ottawa and Henry to attend this event.

All area ag producers, landlords and ag industry representatives are welcome. Lunch will be provided compliments of University of Illinois Extension, and there is no cost to attend. Certified Crop Adviser continuing educational units will be available. CCA credits applied for: 1.5 IPM, 1.5 Crop Management.

A charter bus will pick up and return participants from each of the three offices. The first stop will be at the Marshall-Putnam Extension Office, 509 Front St., Henry, where the bus will pick up at 7 a.m. and return at approximately 3 p.m. Next will be the Bureau County Extension Office, 850 Thompson St., Princeton. The bus will pick up at 8 a.m. and return at approximately 2:15 p.m. The final pick-up will be the LaSalle County Extension Office, 1689 N. 31st Road, Ottawa, with pick up at 9 a.m. and return at approximately 1:15 p.m.

Reservations must be made by July 7 by contacting Daryle Wragge at 309-364-2356.

More than 45 individual research projects encompassing corn, soybean, oats and cover crops are under way. Current studies include evaluating crop rotations, date of planting, row spacing, plant populations, crop diseases, variety comparisons and crop nutrient management. Studies demonstrating herbicide and insecticide efficacy will be signed allowing visitors to evaluate their current or future pest management programs side by side.

Weather permitting, presentations will take place outside next to research plots. Guests will be transported by tour wagons. Field topics include Nitrogen Fertilization for Soybeans, Corn Rootworm Resistance and Product Efficacy, Fungicide Resistance and many more.

The 160-acre Northern Illinois Agronomy Research Center is located north of Shabbona and has been used for crop research since 1948. It is the northernmost research center within University of Illinois Crop Sciences Department that is dedicated primarily to row crop research. Visitors are always welcome.

To reserve a place on the bus, contact Daryle Wragge, Ag Program Coordinator, University of Illinois Extension, Bureau-LaSalle-Marshall-Putnam Unit at wragge@illinois.edu or 309-364-2356. For a reasonable accommodation, please advise us when registering.

The Bureau, LaSalle and Marshall-Putnam Farm Bureaus are supporting this event along with Ag View FS, Inc. and Birkey’s Case IH in Henry.

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