Get latest crop updates at virtual Northwestern Illinois research farm field days

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[July 31, 2020]     The fields of northwestern Illinois are coming to your computer. Farmers, consultants, and others in the agricultural community are invited to join the University of Illinois Extension Commercial Agriculture team for a four-part virtual field days series in August.

The annual fall field day updates for the Monmouth-based research farm for the Northwestern Illinois Agriculture Research and Demonstration Center is now available to a national audience. Illinois Extension educators and researchers will provide in-field interviews, an overview of their topic and preliminary data from current research.

August 11:
Soybean Cyst Nematode Update: Chelsea Harbach, Illinois Extension commercial ag educator and researcher, will discuss the soybean cyst nematode problem and the current research projects.

August 12:
Corn Rootworm Update: Nick Seiter, Illinois Extension field crops entomologist, will discuss corn rootworm project overviews and results at the research farm.

August 13:
Hemp Production Update: Phillip Alberti, Illinois Extension commercial ag educator, will discuss will discuss early season production considerations for hemp.

August 14:
Corn Tar Spot Update: Nathan Kleczewski, Illinois Extension field crops pathologist, will discuss tar spot projects at the research farm in 2020.

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All sessions start at 1 p.m. CDT. The virtual field days are free and accessible using any computer, tablet, or mobile device. The event will be hosted using Zoom, which is free to download. Register online at

Participants can also sign up to receive 0.5 credits of Certified Crop Adviser continuing education units for each session.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in any of these programs, contact Harbach at harbach2@  Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs.

ABOUT EXTENSION: Illinois Extension leads public outreach for the University of Illinois by translating research into action plans that allow Illinois families, businesses, and communities to solve problems, make informed decisions, and adapt to changes and opportunities.

[SOURCE: Chelsea Harbach, Commercial Agriculture Educator, Illinois Extension]


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