Issue No. 7, Article 7/May 9, 2008
University of Illinois Weed Science Field Research Tours
We invite you to make plans to attend the 2008 University of Illinois Weed Science Field Day on Wednesday, June 25, at the Crop Sciences Research and Education Center, located immediately south of the main campus. Coffee and refreshments will be available under the shade trees near the Seed House beginning at 7:30 a.m.
We've made a few changes this year to the format of the field day. We have invited our entomology and plant pathology colleagues to join us during the morning registration period. Drs. Kevin Steffey, Mike Gray, and Carl Bradley will offer brief remarks about their respective areas of research. They will also give their perspectives on current pest management situations around the state.
At the conclusion of their remarks, we will carpool to the fields for participants to join in a guided (but informal) tour to look at research plots and interact with weed science faculty, staff, and graduate students. Participants can compare their favorite corn and soybean herbicide programs with other commercial programs and get an early look at some new herbicide active ingredients. The tour will conclude around noon; note that there will not be an on-site lunch this year.
The cost for the Urbana weed science field tour is $10, which helps defray the cost of the field tour book and refreshments. We will apply for 2 hours of CCA credit under the IPM category.
The DeKalb weed science tour will again be part of the Dekalb Agronomy Day, to be held Thursday, July 17, beginning at 4:00 p.m. The format will be similar to previous years, and there will be many plots available to view. Refreshments and a weed science tour booklet will be provided; food will be available for a nominal fee. CCA credits are typically available.
We are continuing field research work at the Perry, Brownstown, and Dixon Springs research centers along with a few on-farm locations. There will be no formal weed science tours at these locations. Check with your local University of Illinois Extension office or watch the Bulletin for general agronomy field day dates at these locations.
We look forward to visiting with you at the Urbana and Dekalb weed science field days. Please contact us at 217-333-4424 if you have any questions.--Aaron Hager, Dawn Refsell, Doug Maxwell, Lisa Gonzini, and Joshua Kunkel