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I cannot believe it is August already; the summer seems to have slipped by for me. In a couple of weeks the Department of Crop Sciences, part of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois, will host the 62nd annual Agronomy Day on Aug. 22.

“This year, attendees can choose from seven tours and multiple hands-on demonstrations on topics including hemp and organic sweet corn production; uses of technology and digital platforms in ag; and fungicide applications for enhanced dairy cow performance. That’s in addition to high-demand tours on maximizing corn yield, dealing with insect pests and pathogens, and optimizing fertilizer management,” says Allen Parrish, director of Crop Sciences Research and Education Centers and chairperson for Agronomy Day. “There will be something for everyone this year.”

Similar to last year’s Agronomy Day, “tours” will be held in multiple tents and buildings surrounding the main exhibitors’ tent, each with a unique sequence of speakers. Presenters will be grouped according to themes for which attendees can earn certified crop advisor (CCA) credits.

The seven field tours offer the opportunity to discover the latest breakthroughs in agriculture and technology from researchers and Extension specialists from the University of Illinois. The tour topics for this year are Crop Production, Crop Protection, Crop Pests, Ecology, Agriculture Economics, Specialty Crops, and Crop Improvement.

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This year’s keynote speaker is John Sullivan, director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture. Prior to his current role, Sullivan served as a state senator, representing Illinois’ 47th senate district from 2003 to 2017. Adam Davis, department head for crop sciences, and College of ACES dean Kim Kidwell will also speak.

The exhibitors’ tent will feature exhibits by sponsors, commercial vendors, ACES programs, and student clubs. Food trucks will be on hand for lunch, expanding the culinary options over previous years.

Agronomy Day will be held at the Crop Sciences Research and Education Center South First Street Facility, 4202 South 1st Street, Savoy, Illinois. This facility provides more parking, space for laboratory tours, shorter tour walking distances, and less traffic from campus!

Mark your calendar now, and plan to spend it at Agronomy Day 2019.

For more information on University of Illinois Extension programming in Coles, Cumberland, Douglas, Moultrie and Shelby counties, visit our website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/ccdms/index.html or call us at 217-345-7034. The University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact the extension office at 217-345-7034.

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