MONMOUTH, Ill. — Crop disease and invasive pests — of the winged and leafed varieties — will be hot topics in Monmouth next week.

The Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center 2013 Field Day starts at 8 a.m. on July 17 at the center, 321 210 Ave., Monmouth. The final tour will leave before 8:30 a.m.

The agenda includes sessions on Goss’s wilt in corn; western corn rootworm resistance to Bt; and Palmer amaranth and the possibility of its adaptation in western Illinois.

Management topics include changing crop rotations and agronomic and environmental assessment of cover crops.

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