June 01, 2018

SIU partners with the Illinois Farm Bureau to host field day for local farmers

by Hannah Erickson

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Researchers in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Southern Illinois University are partnering with the Illinois Farm Bureau and the Illinois Nutrient Research and Education Council (NREC) to host a June 12 field day showcasing their work to area farmers.

This event not only allows farmers to see innovative research, but also allows the local community to learn about practical conservation methods for their own farms.

“Southern Illinois University is proud to play such an important role in helping farmers implement and maintain conservation efforts on their farms,” Karen Midden, the college’s interim dean, said. “We tend to think of farmers only as growers, but we forget how integral they are, and always have been, in keeping the land productive and useful for the next generation.” 

The field day will at University Farms. Topics will include:

  • Integrating wheat as a cover cop for nitrogen management in corn cropping systems.
  • Impacts of cover crops and saturated buffers on water quality.
  • Whether to graze cattle on cover crop fields.
  • Impact of seedling diseases of soybeans.
  • The use of cover crops in integrated weed management.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. and includes lunch along with student demonstrations. Entry is free, but registration is required. Register at illinoisnrec.org/upcomingevent/siu-field-day/.