Farmers’ increasing interest in the use of dicamba to manage weed pressure as well as improve crop yields for increased revenue both will be addressed at the 2017 Agronomy Day, held March 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Macon (IL) Community Center, along Route 51 at Woodcock Rd., south of Decatur. The conference is free, however, pre-registration to reserve a noon meal is requested.
Bob Wolf, a national authority on crop spray technology, will address the application of dicamba to protect against drift while using the new product chemistry to control hard to manage weeds. Dr. Travis Legleiter, Purdue University weed specialist, will outline what to expect and not expect from dicamba.
Representatives of Monsanto, BASF, and DuPont, which make dicamba formulations for use on 2017 crops will discuss their individual products and answer audience questions. Cathy Ward of the Illinois Department of Agriculture division of pesticide regulation will outline regulations pertaining to the application of dicamba. The morning session begins at 9:00 a.m.
The afternoon session will focus on improving corn and soybean yields through balancing crop nutrients. Noel Garcia, CCA, of the TPS Laboratory in Edinburg, TX, will discuss soil test results, the timing of nutrient application, plant tissue testing, and timely responses to the needs of a corn and soybean crop. The program will conclude with the comments of Blue Mound farmer Jeff Brown, describing his experience with the TPS program and changes in crop management. The afternoon session concludes at 4:30 p.m.
Agricultural organizations and companies are assisting in sponsorship of the meeting, as well as a noon meal, and will have table top exhibits and staff to answer questions from attendees. There is no charge to attend Agronomy Day 2017, however, pre-registration is required to obtain a lunch ticket and handout material.
Attendees can pre-register at www.IllinoisFarmRadio.com.