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Field tour topics announced for Agronomy Day 2014

Published June 17, 2014

URBANA, Ill. – Have questions about western corn rootworm or looking for the latest secrets to soybean success? Plan to hear more on these and other topics related to crop sciences at the 58th annual Agronomy Day at the University of Illinois on August 14.

Field tour topics and speakers for Agronomy Day 2014 were recently announced. Topics include:

Tour A:

  • Resistant varieties help combat losses from soybean cyst nematodes
  • Soybean aphid resistance genes
  • Breeding for resistance to sudden death syndrome of soybean
  • Do soybeans need nitrogen fertilizer?

Tour B:

  • Evaluating options for managing western corn rootworm larvae in Illinois
  • Western corn rootworm resistance in Illinois
  • New genes for increasing soybean yield from what!?
  • Uncovering maize genetic response to applied nitrogen

Tour C:

  • Rediscovering our tallgrass prairies: Fuel, forage, and conservation
  • Cover crops for Illinois: What we hear and what we know
  • Where is the price of cropland headed?
  • Farm programs in the new farm bill

Tour D:

  • How shalt thou rotate?
  • The quest for high corn and soybean yields
  • Improving corn yield potential with banded phosphorus fertilizer
  • Fertigation: A new solution for high corn and soybean yields

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, “like” University of Illinois Agronomy Day on Facebook or visit the Agronomy Day website.

News Source:

Bob Dunker, 217-244-5444