FREEPORT, Ill. — Highland Community College Agriculture in partnership with University of Illinois Extension will be hosting a Soybean Research Demonstration on August 29, 2018 at Highland Agriculture’s research plot located at 3472 W. Loras Drive in Freeport, IL. The free demonstration will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude 11 a.m. The public is invited to attend to learn about the research taking place at Highland as well as hear from University of Illinois Extension specialists from throughout the state about soybean insect, weed, disease, and production issues. Breakfast will be provided for those who pre-register.
The research plot is in its first year of production at Highland Community College through generous sponsorships from Hinrichs’ Family Farms, Stephenson Service Company, Ogle County Farm Bureau, Stephenson County Farm Bureau, and Forreston State Bank. The 10 acre plot serves as a land lab where students gain hands on experience with crop production and research design. This year’s research consists of testing the effects that various soybean population rates and seed treatments have on both yield and return on investment. The college intends to share the progress of this research at the August 29th demonstration and plans to report the final data to the public at the conclusion of the growing season.
University of Illinois Extension specialists Phillip Alberti, Russ Higgins, and Nathan Kleczewski will share their knowledge as part of the demonstration. Phillip Alberti, Commercial Ag Educator, will discuss current northwest Illinois crop concerns. Russ Higgins, Commercial Ag Educator, will identify weed issues and control methods in soybeans. Nathan Kleczewski, Research Assistant Professor, University of Illinois, will be speaking about soybean insects and diseases.
The demonstration is free, however participants are asked to register by Friday, August 24th to enjoy breakfast. Anyone interested in attending may register online by visiting the University of Illinois Extension website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw/ or by calling the University of Illinois Extension at 815-235-4125.
— University of Illinois Extension
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