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Agronomy Day 2017 field tours will cover wide range of topics

Are you curious about how bioreactors can reduce nitrogen loss, or concerned about herbicide resistance in those pesky weeds? Plan to hear about these and other crop science topics on Aug. 17 at the 60th annual Agronomy Day, hosted by the Department of Crop Sciences and the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois.

Field tour topics and speakers for Agronomy Day 2017 are:

Tour A 

1. Managing nitrogen for corn – Emerson Nafziger

2. Nitrogen on soybeans: Have we made progress yet? – Joshua Vonk

3. Illinois broomcorn: Breeding nature’s Swiffer – Jessica Bubert

4. What causes profitability differences across farms? – Gary Schnitkey

5. Searching for white mold resistance in soybeans’ wild relatives – Leslie Domier

Tour B

1. Corn and soybean pests: What’s #trending in 2017? – Kelly Estes

2. Patterns of Bt resistance in Illinois western corn rootworm populations – Joe Spencer

3. Pre-emergence herbicides in a POST resistance world – Dean Riechers

4. Do nematodes on corn matter? – Nate Schroeder

5. Soybean cyst nematode: Pest or pestilence – Kris Lambert

Tour C

1. How to turn a cone penetrometer into a soil eavesdropper – Tony Grift

2. Waste not, want not: Strategies for producing a water-use efficient line of corn – Tony Studer

3. Woodchip bioreactors: Chippin’ away at nitrate loss – Laura Christianson

4. Energy sorghum – Chris Kaiser

5. Drone data – Dennis Bowman

Tour D

1. The seven wonders of corn yield, revisited – Fred Below

2. How critical are soil phosphorus test values? – Tryston Beyrer

3. Knocking out the continuous corn yield penalty – Alison Vogel

4. Can narrow row spacings be used to manage more corn plants? – Brad Bernhard

Each year, Agronomy Day attracts more than 1,000 people seeking the latest information on technology and techniques to improve food and fuel production. This year’s Agronomy Day will be held in its new location (as of 2016), at 4202 S. First St. in Savoy, Illinois. For more information on speakers, displays, and location, join Agronomy Day 2017 on Facebook or visit

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