FREEPORT, Ill. – Highland Community College Agriculture in partnership with University of Illinois Extension will be hosting a Crop Research Field Day from 9 to 11 a.m. Sept. 4 at Highland Agriculture’s research plot located at 3472 W. Loras Drive, Freeport.

The public is invited to attend to learn about the research taking place at Highland as well as hear from Extension specialist throughout the state regarding 2019 crop production issues. A light breakfast is included.

Highland Community College agriculture student Will Keast will provide an update on his experiences working with Extension educator Phillip Alberti throughout the growing season; Keast also will provide the introduction to the research projects being conducted this year.

The 15-acre plot serves as a land lab where students gain hands on experience with crop production and research design. Topics of research this year include industrial hemp (grain), cover crops, tar spot fungicide trials, nitrogen rate trials, corn population trials. The college intends to share the progress of this research at this event and plans to report the final data to the public at the conclusion of the growing season.

Dan Schaefer, director of Nutrient Stewardship with the Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association, will discuss the nitrogen trials being conducted as part of the statewide “N Rate Calculator” system in Illinois. University of Illinois research assistant professor Nathan Kleczewski will share updates on disease management to correspond with the delayed planting season local farmers have experienced this year. Russ Higgins, Extension educator with University of Illinois Extension, will discuss northwest Illinois production concerns from throughout the growing season.

Those interested in attending may register online at https://go.illinois.edu/HighlandResearchDemo or by calling the University of Illinois Extension-Stephenson County at 815-235-4125.

For additional questions, contact Alberti at palberti@illinois.edu or  815-599-3644.

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