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Soil Health to be discussed at Northwest Illinois Agronomy Summit

corn field in front with strip planting in background of rolling hills and some woodlands

Is building soil health while maintaining crop yields possible in Northern Climates? Over the past five years, the University of Wisconsin-Madison has been exploring the possibilities of incorporating reduced tillage and winter rye into corn and soybean crop rotations. This work has proven very successful. Dan Smith, Southwest Regional Specialist, Nutrient and Pest Management Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison, will discuss the results in his presentation at the Northwest Illinois Agronomy Summit.

To register or for the full agenda for the Northwest Illinois Agronomy Summit, visit us online at or call U of I Extension at (815) 858-2273. The Northwest Illinois Agronomy Summit will be held on Wednesday, January 31, 2024, with the program running from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Highland Community College Student Conference Center, 2998 W. Pearl City Road, Freeport, IL. Registration is required to attend. Registration cost is $25. Lunch is provided. CEUs for Certified Crop Advisors will be available: 1 in Nutrient Management and 1 in Crop Management.

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