June 26, 2008

SIUC plans field day at Belleville Research Center

by K.C. Jaehnig

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale will hold its 42nd annual field day Thursday, July 10, at its Belleville Research Center on Illinois Route 161.

The day starts at 8 a.m. with a presentation by John Caupert, director of the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center, on the food-versus-fuel issue. Located in Edwardsville, the center includes a pilot plant that can process both dry-grind and wet-mill feedstock.

After recognition of this year’s winner of the George Kapusta endowed assistantship for graduate students, the regular program will get under way at 9 a.m. SIUC experts Jason P. Bond, Ronald F. Krausz and Bryan G. Young will talk about the role of soybean seed selection in disease management, weed management strategies and herbicide resistance in Illinois.

Guest speakers from the University of Illinois include extension educator Ruth F. Hambleton, who will talk about the farm bill and the costs of production; soil fertility specialist Stephen A. Ebelhar, who will talk about soybean flash and the effects of manganese nutrition; plant pathologist Carl A. Bradley, who will talk about the costs and benefits of corn fungicides; and agronomist Emerson D. Nafziger, who will talk about wheat production.

Organizers have applied for 1.5 units of continuing education credit for the field day.

A free lunch will be served at noon.

For more information, call Krausz at 618/566-4761.