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Agronomy Day 2015 field tour topics announced

Published June 24, 2015

URBANA, Ill. – Have questions about herbicide resistance or looking for the latest secrets to soybean success? Plan to hear more on these and other topics related to crop sciences at the 59th annual Agronomy Day at the University of Illinois on Aug. 20.

Field tour topics and speakers for Agronomy Day 2015 were recently announced. Topics include:

Tour A:

  • The birds and the beans: Soybean breeding at the University of Illinois
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles: Applications in the ag industry
  • Results of field crop insect surveys: Evidence of area-wide suppression of key pests?
  • Can we manage resistant rootworm beetles in soybeans to protect rotated Bt corn?
  • When should we apply nitrogen on corn?

Tour B:

  • Drift mitigation strategies
  • Amaranth ID: Know your enemy!
  • Mitigating herbicide resistance: Revolution or evolution?
  • 2016 corn and soybean returns
  • 2015 cropland price outlook

Tour C:

  • Epigenetic variation for nitrogen utilization
  • Alleviating the continuous corn yield penalty with crop management
  • Characterizing corn hybrids for their response to management
  • Optimizing fertilizer placement for increased corn yield
  • Soil quality in corn and soybean rotations

For a full list of this year’s speakers and topics, visit

Agronomy Day attracts more than 1,000 people each year seeking the latest information on technology and techniques to improve food and fuel production. For more information on speakers and displays, join Agronomy Day 2015 on Facebook or visit the Agronomy Day website.

News Source:

Bob Dunker, 217-244-5444