July 07, 2021

Media advisory: Belleville Field Day to address latest trends in agriculture

Reporters, photographers and news crews are invited to cover the 54th annual Belleville Field Day set for Thursday, July 8, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Belleville Research Center on Illinois 161, south of the Scott Air Force Base Mascoutah gate.

The yearly event provide growers, retailers and ag chemical manufacturers the opportunity to hear the latest information to improve their enterprises. About 150 attendees are expected.

The day begins at 8:30 a.m. Programs run 9 a.m. to noon, followed by a luncheon. This year’s slate of programs includes:

“The Use of Beneficial Microbes to Manage Plant Diseases,” by Mirian Pimentel and Leo Rocha, graduate research assistants in the School of Agricultural Sciences at SIU.

“Cover Crops: When to Terminate or Not to Terminate,” by Nathan Johanning, with the University of Illinois Extension.

“Building a Corn Herbicide Program,” by Karla Gage, associate professor, and Eric Miller, researcher, both in the School of Agricultural Sciences at SIU.

“Integrating Interseeded Wheat into a Weed Control Program in Soybean,” by Madison Decker, a graduate research assistant in the School of Agricultural Sciences at SIU.

“Cover Crop Management Practices,” by Amir Sadeghpour, assistant professor in the School of Agricultural Sciences at SIU.

“Current Trends and University Farm Updates in SIU’s College of Agricultural, Life and Physical Sciences,” by Chris Vick, director of University Farms at SIU.

For more information, contact Dane Hunter, Belleville Research Center manager, at 618-566-4761, or dane.hunter@siu.edu.