June 18, 2014

Research center to host SIU Ag Field Day

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale will host its 48th annual agriculture field day on Thursday, July 10, at the SIU Belleville Research Center on Illinois 161. 

The program will provide the latest information on key topics in agricultural sciences and regional farming.  The event runs from 9 a.m. to noon and begins with a welcome address at 8:30 a.m. 

Program topics and presenters include: 

  • “What Can Cover Crops Do For You?” with Nathan R. Johanning, extension educator, Local Food Systems and Small Farms; University of Illinois Extension. 
  • “Chesapeake Bay Regulations Coming to Illinois?” with Pete Fandel, associate professor of agriculture, Illinois Central College, and also a cover crop specialist with the Illinois Council on Best Management Practices. 
  • “Palmer Amaranth on the Move” with Ronald Krausz, researcher and lab manager, SIU Belleville Research Center. 
  • “Soil-borne Organisms: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly” with Jason Bond, associate professor of plant pathology, College of Agricultural Sciences, SIU Carbondale. 
  • “Horseradish: The Root of Southern Illinois” with Alan Walters, professor of vegetable science and breeding, College of Agricultural Sciences, SIU Carbondale. 
  • “Tillage x Fertility: How Do 44 Years of Climate Stress Affect Yields?” with Rachel Cook, assistant professor of soil fertility, College of Agricultural Sciences, SIU Carbondale. 

Organizers have applied for 2.0 continuing education units for the field day.  The SIU Belleville Research Center is part of the SIU College of Agricultural Sciences.  For more information, contact Ronald Krausz at 618/566-4761.