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Issue No. 13, Article 1/July 2, 2010

Orr Center Field Day, July 6

The 2010 Orr Center Agronomy Field Day will take place at the Orr Center in Pike County starting at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 6. Speakers from the University of Illinois will lead discussions on topics of interest among producers, consultants, and landowners. A meal will be served at no charge afterward to those who take part in the tours.

Speakers include Carl Bradley, plant pathologist, who will discuss the current crop disease situation and management of soybean seedling diseases. Vince Davis, soybean specialist, will talk about soybean issues, including seeding rates and other inputs for high yields. Entomologist Mike Gray will discuss the current insect situation and changes in corn traits and refuge requirements.

Bioenergy crops, including the switchgrass planting at Orr Center, will be covered by DK Lee, biofuel crops agronomist. Emerson Nafziger will address the state of the corn crop in the area and will cover various corn "additives," such as hormones, micronutrients, and inoculants, that are on the market these days.

Tour groups will begin at 4:00, 4:20, and 4:40. Tours will last about 90 minutes, with time for questions at each stop. Continuing education units (1 for crop production and 1/2 for IPM) will be available for CCAs. Please see these directions to the center.

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