Agronomy Day set for Aug. 19

URBANA—Thursday, Aug. 19 has been set as the date for Agronomy Day 2004 at the Crop Sciences Research and Education Center on the Urbana campus of the University of Illinois. The theme for this year’s Agronomy Day is “South Farms Centennial.”

This 47th consecutive Agronomy Day is a partnership among several academic units in the U of I’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES). The event features four tours on the latest developments in agricultural research, as well as numerous tent displays.

“Agronomy Day serves as an annual showcase in which faculty have an opportunity to discuss their latest research findings with clientele from Illinois and neighboring states,” said Steve Moose, assistant professor of genetics in the Department of Crops Sciences and chairman for Agronomy Day. “This year is also the 100th anniversary of research on the South Farms, so some of the historic research conducted during the past century will also be highlighted.”

Tour topics will cover research on crop production, crop disease management, insect management, weed management, biotechnology, agricultural economics, protection of natural resources, and agricultural engineering.

Agronomy Day will begin at 7 a.m. Hour-long wagon tours around the research plots will repeat every half-hour as groups are available. The last regular tour will leave at noon. Lunch will be available at a nominal charge.

The Crop Sciences Research and Education Center is located south of the U of I’s main Urbana-Champaign campus off St. Mary’s Road on South Wright Street Extended.

Info: Sharon Conatser, (217) 333-4256.

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