keep rolling through August during U of I’s Agronomy Days
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[August 08, 2022]
For sixty-odd years, the University of
Illinois held a single Agronomy Day at the end of August, inviting
farmers and ag industry stakeholders to learn the latest
advancements directly from researchers. The pandemic and other
forces inspired a change this year, and today Agronomy Days events
stretch across the entire season. In August, three events stand out.
For the first time, the Agronomy Days calendar includes events
hosted by College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental
Sciences partners. The IDEA Farm Network, a farmer collective
working to catalyze ideas and approaches balancing farm
productivity, profitability, and environmental health, will host
one such event Aug. 2 at the Salt Fork Center at Homer Lake
Forest Preserve. The event, “Regenerating Your Land with Your
Farmer,” features land stewardship lessons from four women
landowners and farm managers.
“I recommend this event for non-operating landowners wanting to
consider new approaches to managing their land,” says Adam
Davis, head of the Department of Crop Sciences at Illinois,
co-founder of and advisor to the IDEA Farm Network, and a
facilitator at the Aug. 2 event.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $15, including
lunch. Registration is required and can be completed online at
Next up is a Crop Physiology Field Day featuring yield-boosting
advice from crop sciences professor Fred Below’s research group.
Citing global benefits such as greater food security and
maximizing land use, speakers will focus on ways to help farmers
economically and sustainably increase corn and soybean yields.
“With our theme of ‘More Yield? Yes Please,’ you’ll learn ways
you can get a bigger serving of yield on your farm,” say event
organizers Below and postdoctoral researcher Connor Sible.
The Aug. 4 event runs from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will be held
at the Crop Sciences Research and Education Center at 4202 South
First St., Champaign. Attendees should register for the free
July 26 to guarantee a spot and a lunch. Certified Crop Advisors
will earn 4.5 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) for attending.
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Vegetable, fruit, and organic grain growers won’t
want to miss the Specialty Crop Field Day on Aug. 18 at the
Sustainable Student Farm. Led by Crop Sciences assistant professor
and Illinois Extension specialist Kacie Athey, the field day will
feature practical research-based guidance on a variety of topics.
“We’ll cover biological control in high tunnel production,
regenerative agriculture practices, information on organic grain
production, and pollinators in apples,” Athey says. “Join us and
learn more about specialty crop production and our programs at the
UIUC Sustainable Student Farm!”
The free event runs 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participants should register
in advance at
These aren’t the only Agronomy Days events in August. Interested
farmers should visit the
calendar page for information on a corn rootworm event Aug. 11
and an Energy Farm tour Aug. 31. September events are also in the
works, including a carbon quantification day as well as Miscanthus
breeding and harvest days.
[Sources: Adam Davis, Fred Below,
Connor Sible, Kacie Athey
News writer: Lauren Quinn]