URBANA, Ill. – Mark your calendars for an opportunity to explore the latest research in crop sciences during the 59th annual Agronomy Day at the University of Illinois on August 18.
"Agronomic research has been conducted at the University of Illinois since the university’s earliest days," says Bob Dunker, agronomist and former superintendent of the Crop Sciences Research and Education Center and chairperson for Agronomy Day. “The first Agronomy Day held in 1957 had the same objective as the one you will attend this year—to communicate research results that benefit the agriculture community, which in turn helps feed our growing population across the globe.”
Importantly, Agronomy Day will be held in a new location this year. The Crop Sciences Research and Education Center South First Street Facility, located at 4202 South 1st Street in Savoy, will provide more parking, space for laboratory tours, shorter tour walking distances, and less traffic from campus. Directions to the new facility appear on the Agronomy Day website.
Nearly 1,000 visitors are expected to attend Agronomy Day. Researchers will discuss a variety of topics from soil fertility to insect management, crop production, weed control, corn and soybean genetics, plant diseases, farm economics, and agricultural engineering.
Field tours depart at 7 a.m. from the main tent at the new location, making stops at research plots continuously until 2 p.m. Lunch is available for a nominal charge. The exhibition tent will feature exhibits by ACES programs, commercial vendors, research posters, and student clubs.