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Agronomy Field Day continues tradition of linking local growers with agricultural professionals

EWING, Ill. – Since its establishment in 1910, the Ewing Demonstration Center has served as a place where area farmers and agricultural professionals could work with University researchers to develop and implement research that would be most beneficial to the local farming community. The tradition continues today with the annual Agronomy Field Day, featuring various educators and campus faculty who provide best management practices for local growers.

The 2022 field day kicked off with opening remarks from Senator Terri Bryant, who discussed the important role of public agricultural research and demonstration centers. Individuals were transported to field stations on the demonstration grounds to hear concurrent presentations on precision technologies used to improve on-farm research, insect control, and conservation practices.

Ewing Demonstration Center has served the agricultural community of southern Illinois since 1910. Research at the center includes various trials for corn, soybeans, sorghum, wheat, and cover crops. The center has featured no-till research and demonstration plots for more than 50 years as it offers representative growing conditions for southern Illinois.

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SOURCE:  Talon Becker, commercial agriculture educator, University of Illinois Extension,, (618) 439-3178

WRITER: Heather Willis, marketing and communications coordinator,, (618) 357-2126

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