No. 15 Article 2/July 16, 2010

Upcoming Soybean Events July 19-21

There are still openings for the annual Illinois Soybean Association tours next week at the research farms at the University of Illinois (Tuesday, July 20) and Southern Illinois University (Wednesday, July 21). The tours run from 8:00 (Urbana) or 8:15 (Carbondale) to 1:15 and include lunch. You can find details at

An informal soybean plot pre-tour at Urbana on Monday, July 19, starting at 6:00 p.m. is also open to anyone interested, hosted by the Soybean Production Systems research program. The event will start at the seed house on the University of Illinois South Farms. There will be no formal presentations, but we can tour several soybean management research trials, including an irrigated soybean study for increased yields, an agronomic management study evaluating planting dates by seeding rates by row spacing, and a study evaluating yield-enhancing inputs (inoculants, seed treatment, nutrients, and other products) to increase soybean yield. We will also visit the University of Illinois-Illinois Soybean Yield Challenge plots (, which are large side-by-side plots comparing an attempt of maximum management for high yield with normal practices. Last, we can visit research trials that compare strip-till with no-till plots under different row spacing configurations, including twin rows.

Many of these experiments are new this year, with limited data, but this is an opportunity to find out more about how your checkoff dollars are working for you. There is no need to preregister, but if you would e-mail me at to let me know you will attend, it will help with planning. Thanks.--Vince M. Davis

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