MONMOUTH, Ill. — University of Illinois’ annual Agronomy Day will take place in-person at the Northwestern Illinois Agriculture Research and Demonstration Center just outside of Monmouth on August 12. Like last year’s virtual event, presentations will be made available online to those unable to travel or safely attend in-person event. The adjustments extend the event’s practical, science-based content to more participants than ever.
“Our 2020 virtual Agronomy Day drew about five times the number of people who physically attend in a typical year. So we know the online format is a great option for folks and reaches a wider audience,” says Allen Parrish, director of Crop Sciences Research and Education Centers and chairperson for Agronomy Day. “Now with COVID-19 Phase 5 restrictions in place, we are excited to offer our research-backed findings to folks in multiple formats and locations.”
The tour will take place from 9 a.m. to noon and includes a wide array of speakers from the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) and University of Illinois Extension. Covering topics that matter to farmers, this year’s presenters include Dr. Aaron Hager talking about weed control, Dr. Nick Seiter sharing updates on corn rootworm management research, and Drs. Gary Schnitkey, Laura Gentry, and Sarah Sellers speaking on the economics of conservation practices.
Participants are asked to register in advance for planning purposes but registration is not required to attend. Information can be found at go.illinois.edu/MonmouthFieldDay2021. Certified Crop Advisor credits will be available. All participants attending in person are asked to wear masks if not vaccinated for COVID-19. Questions about Agronomy Day can be directed to Chelsea Harbach, Commercial Agriculture Extension Educator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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