University of Illinois Agronomy Day Aug. 17

URBANA—Agronomy Day 2006 at the University of Illinois is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 17. Besides tours and tent displays highlighting the latest developments in agricultural research, this year’s event will feature ceremonies celebrating the 50th anniversary of Agronomy Day.

“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 Pat Tranel, associate professor of molecular weed science in the Department of Crop Sciences and chairman for Agronomy Day. “In addition to our usual program, we will host a special program at noon to commemorate the progress made at the U of I in agricultural research during the last half-century.”

This 50th consecutive Agronomy Day is a partnership among several academic units in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at the U of I. The event will be held at the Crop Sciences Research and Education Center, which is south of the main Urbana-Champaign campus off St. Mary’s Road on Wright Street extended.

The theme for this year’s event is “50 Years of Progress.” As well as discussing current research, several tour stops will highlight the major progress in agricultural research that has taken place during the past 50 years. The featured speaker at the noon program will be Eldon Gould, administrator of the USDA Risk Management Agency.

One tour will include stops on soybean rust, wheat diseases, rotated versus continuous corn, corn nitrogen issues, and plants for shady landscapes. A second tour will focus on nematodes and insect pests, including stops on sources of resistance for and the management of SCN and on the management of western corn rootworms, soybean aphids, and other insects.

A third tour will focus on weed management issues, with stops on problem weeds, herbicide safeners, managing aquatic weeds, and other weed management issues. The third tour will also include a stop on biomass for energy use. A final tour will include agricultural equipment for the 21st century, corn and soybean revenue, reducing roadway collision risks, production systems for Mars space flight, and nozzle choices for pesticide applications.

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 tour will leave at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided at a nominal charge.

The special presentation celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Agronomy Day will be held at noon near the main registration tent.

For additional information about Agronomy Day 2006, please contact Sharon Conatser at (217)333-4256.

From the Aug. 2-8, 2006, issue

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