July 11, 2011

Annual Belleville Field Day set for July 14

by Tim Crosby

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Agriculture trends, management techniques and the latest farming technologies all are topics of discussion slated for the annual Belleville Field Day at the Southern Illinois University Carbondale Belleville Research Center later this week.

This year’s event, the 45th of its type, gets started at 8 a.m. Thursday, July 14, and will go on rain or shine, said Bryan Young, a weed scientist in the College of Agricultural Sciences at SIUC.

“The 2011 field day should have broad appeal,” Young said. “We will have presentations featuring traditional agronomy topics as well as crop marketing, precision ag, and future career opportunities in ag.”

Media Advisory

Reporters, photographers and news crews are welcome to cover the annual Belleville Field Day. The Belleville Research Center is part of the SIUC College of Agricultural Sciences and is located on Illinois 161, south of Scott AFB’s Mascoutah Gate. For more information, contact Ronald Krausz at 618/566-4761.

This event will provide growers, retailers, and ag chemical manufacturers the opportunity to hear the latest information available to improve their enterprise and attendees are welcome to bring any important questions or topics to be addressed by a slate of experts, Young added.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m., Karen Jones, acting associate dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, will give opening remarks and recognize the George Kapusta Endowed Graduate Assistantship recipient.

The programs begin at 9 a.m. and run until noon. Presentations include:

• “Profitable Trends in Crop Nutrient Management,” Dan Schaefer, agronomist with Illini Farm Service

• “Weed Management Expectations vs. Reality,” Bryan Young, weed scientist, SIUC

•“Profitable Use of Foliar Fungicides on Corn and Soybean in Illinois,” Carl Bradley, plant pathologist, University of Illinois

• “Grain Supply Bulls vs. Demand Bears: Who Will Win?” David Marshall, commodity broker, Toay Commodities Futures Group LLC

• “Job Market Outlook in the Crop Production Industry,” Ron Cowman, AgriEdge manager, Syngenta

• “Sorting Through Precision Ag Technologies to Provide the Greatest Return to Crop Management,” Michael Denney, technology specialist, Crop IMS

Participants will receive a complimentary lunch at noon. Organizers have applied for 2.0 hours of credit toward continuing education units for those attending.

Exhibitors include the SIUC Department of Plant, Soil, and Agricultural Systems, the SIUC College of Agricultural Sciences and the Illinois Soybean Association.