University of Illinois

No. 7/May 8, 1998

Mark Your Calendars for the 1998 University of Illinois Agronomy Day: August 27

On August 27, the 42nd Annual Agronomy Day will take place at the Crop Sciences Research and Education Center (South Farm) beginning at 7 a.m. 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 theme for this year's event is Agricultural Information: Seeds for Success. With so many new and revolutionary innovations in the use of seeds for crop production and protection purposes, and rapid changes in the delivery of information to clientele, this year's program-planning committee has endeavored to feature topics that capture these new developments. The Department of Crop Sciences, in cooperation with some other units on campus, will feature four separate tours this year, with five speakers at each tour. A selection of just a few of the topics to be offered at this year's program includes the following:

  • The Use of Neural Networks to Predict Corn Yield
  • Herbicide Resistance and Weed Management
  • The Use of Smart Sprayers to Target Weeds
  • Transgenic Technology and Insect Management
  • Increasing Yields with Genetic Diversity
  • Soybean Cyst Nematode: An Examination of the Management Options
  • Narrow-Row Corn Production: Another Season of Results
  • Research Advances with Wheat Scab and White Mold

In addition to the tours, numerous educational displays will be featured beneath the "Big Top." Presenters will be available to answer questions about the displays. So, plan for an interesting excursion to the field and through the displays and exhibits. Also, during lunch, participants are encouraged to continue discussions with speakers and solicit answers to any lingering questions that may not have been addressed on the tours. Finally, if you have any questions about the program before August 27, please give Sharon Conatser, (217)333-4424, or myself, (217)333-6652, a telephone call; e-mail addresses are and Both Sharon and I are coordinating this year's event, along with Bob Dunker, Farm Superintendent of the Crop Sciences Research and Education Center (South Farm).

Mike Gray (, Extension Entomology, (217)333-6652