7 reasons to attend SIU’s Belleville Research Center Field Day

This year’s Belleville Research Center Field Day has at least one big change —Manager Ron Krausz (pictured) now is retired and Dane Hunter takes his place. Attend the free July 11 event to not only receive an update on research, but also meet Hunter.

BELLEVILLE, Ill. — Agronomy and agricultural issues experts representing three universities and two agencies will be on hand at the 53rd Belleville Research Center Field Day July 11 in Belleville.

Rain or shine, the annual event hosted by Southern Illinois University Carbondale College of Agricultural Sciences kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with welcome remarks and then rolls into programming.

Newly-appointed center Manager Dane Hunter said he has worked with a number of folks for a field day covering some topics never covered at previous field days. Here are seven reasons to go:

  1. Carl A. Bradley of the University of Kentucky will present “On the Spot: Management of Leaf Spot Diseases of Soybeans.”
  2. Covering one of Illinois’ hottest ag topics is SIU’s Karla Gage on industrial hemp production.
  3. Addressing “Soil, Environment and Economic Benefits of No-till Compared to Other Tillage Systems in Southern Illinois” is Amir Sadeghpour, also from SIU.
  4. University of Illinois’ Gary Schnitkey continues with his annual look at corn and soybean profitability.
  5. Although now retired, former Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel shares his insights on “Weather Trends and the 2019 Growing Season.”
  6. Illinois Farm Bureau’s Lauren Lurkins provides an update on environmental policy and its impact on farmers.
  7. It’s free with a free lunch at the end of the free program.

SIU has applied for 2.0 CCA continuing education units for this field day. For further information, contact Dane Hunter 618-566-4761.

The center is located on Illinois Route 161, south of Scott Air Force Base, near the Mascoutah gate.

Karen Binder can be reached at 618-534-0614 or kbinder@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow her on Twitter at: @AgNews_Binder.

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