No. 6 Article 5/May 1, 2009

University of Illinois Weed Science Field Research Tours

We invite you to attend one of two upcoming weed science events. The 2009 University of Illinois Weed Science Field Day will be Wednesday, June 24, at the Crop Sciences Research and Education Center in Urbana, located immediately south of the main campus. Coffee and refreshments will be available under the shade trees near the Seed House beginning at 8:00 a.m.

Similar to past years, we will carpool to the fields, where participants can join in a guided (but informal) tour. The tour will provide ample opportunity 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 to other commercial programs and get an early look at some new herbicide active ingredients. The tour will conclude around noon with a catered barbeque lunch at the Seed House.

The fee for the tour is $10, which will help defray the cost of the field tour book, refreshments, and lunch. We will apply for 2 hours of CCA credit under the IPM category.

Another weed science tour will again be part of the Dekalb Agronomy Day tour, to be held Thursday, July 16, 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, and food will be available for a nominal fee. CCA credits are typically available.

We are continuing field research work at the Perry and Brownstown research centers, along with a few on-farm locations. No formal weed science tours will be held at these locations, but there are likely to be weed science presentations at the agronomy day field tours scheduled for Perry and Brownstown. Check with your local extension office or 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, Doug Maxwell, Lisa Gonzini, and Joshua Kunkel

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