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Mark Your Calendars Now for the 2002 University of Illinois Agronomy Day--August 22

June 14, 2002
On August 22, 2002, the 46th Annual Agronomy Day will be held at the Crop Sciences Research and Education Center (South Farm), beginning at 7:00 a.m. The theme for this year's program is Agriculture Is Changing: Let Us Show You Where It's Going. Walking tours begin every 30 minutes, between 7:00 a.m. and 12 noon. This program serves as an annual showcase for faculty to discuss their latest research findings with clientele throughout Illinois and also from neighboring states. The Department of Crop Sciences, in cooperation with some other units on campus, will feature four tours, each with four to five speakers. If you have any additional questions about Agronomy Day, please call Sharon Conatser, Department of Crop Sciences, at (217)333-4424. Aaron Hager is program chair for this event, and he would be pleased to provide any additional information that you may need. Aaron can be reached at (217)333-4424. Topics to be featured at this year's program include the following:

· Resistance mechanisms in waterhemp

· Value-added corn and corn diseases

· Filter strip research and pathogens

· Progress on western corn rootworm research

· Nitrogen and water quality

· SCN resistance and classification

· Control of fumonisin production in corn

· The USDA Germplasm Collection

· Nightshade and giant ragweed

· Computer-aided weed-management recommendations

In addition to the tours, numerous educational displays will be featured beneath the orange and blue "big top." Presenters will be available to answer questions about the displays. At noon, a special bus tour will highlight some current field research, in which scientists are examining the effects of atmospheric change on crop production (part of the renowned SoyFACE project). For just $5.00, you can purchase a lunch ticket at the registration table in the tent. I hope you'll join us this year for what should be an informative excursion to the field.--Mike Gray

Author: Mike Gray

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