Becky Finfrock

Aug 08, 2013  |  Today's News

Mark your calendars for an opportunity to discover the latest findings in crop sciences during the 57th annual Agronomy Day at the University of Illinois on August 15.

"From the school’s beginnings, agronomic research has always been conducted on or near the University of Illinois," said Bob Dunker, agronomist and superintendent of the Crop Sciences Research and Education Center and chairperson for Agronomy Day. “The first Agronomy Day held in 1957 had the same objective as the one you will attend this year—to communicate research results that benefit our constituents.”

More than 1,000 visitors are expected to attend Agronomy Day at the Crop Sciences Research and Education Center on the Urbana campus. The center is located south of the U of I's main Urbana-Champaign campus off St. Mary's Road on South Wright Street Extended.

Agronomy Day begins at 7 a.m. Field tours depart from the St. Mary's location, making stops at research plots and repeating every half-hour until noon. Researchers will discuss a variety of topics from soil fertility to insect management, crop production, weed control, corn and soybean genetics, plant diseases, farm economics, and agricultural engineering. The exhibition tent will feature exhibits by ACES programs, commercial vendors, research posters, and student clubs. Lunch is available for a nominal charge.

More information and registration can be found at or by contacting Sue Overmyer at 217-300-3702 or emailing