June 26, 2015

49th annual Belleville Field Day is July 9

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Drones, nitrogen management and frogeye leaf spot are on the agenda at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s annual Belleville Field Day. The 49th annual event is at the SIU Belleville Research Center on Illinois 161. 

The July 9 program begins with a welcome address at 8:30 a.m. The event ends with a noon lunch. The program will be held rain or shine.  

Media Advisory

Reporters, photographers and news crews are welcome to attend and may find interview possibilities from both visitors and speakers on subjects of immediate pertinence to the region’s agriculture industry. For information, contact Ronald Krausz, laboratory manager for SIU University Farms, at 618/566-4761.

Program topics and presenters include:

  • “Sky High Farming with UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles),” with Dennis Watson and Christopher Clemons, Department of Plant, Soil and Agricultural Systems, SIU Carbondale.
  • Understanding the Soil Profile beneath Your Feet,” with Bryan Fitch, resource soil scientist, Natural Resources Conservation Service.
  • “Corn and Soybean Situation and Outlook for 2015-16,” with Martyn Foreman, senior economist with Doane Advisory Services, St. Louis, Mo.
  • “Late Nitrogen Management in Southern Illinois,” with Rachel Cook, Department of Plant, Soil and Agricultural Systems, SIU Carbondale.
  • “New Soybean Herbicide Traits: Cure or Curse?” with Ronald Krausz, researcher-laboratory manager, Belleville Research Center, SIU Carbondale.
  • “Managing Frogeye Leaf Spot in Soybean/Update on Sudden Death Syndrome,” with Jason Bond, Department of Plant, Soil and Agricultural Systems, SIU Carbondale. 

Organizers have applied for 2.0 continuing education units for the field day. The SIU Belleville Research Center is on Illinois 161, south of the Scott Air Force Base-Mascoutah Gate. It is a Southern Illinois University Carbondale facility. For more information, contact Ronald Krausz at 618/566-4761.