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N. Dennis Bowman

N. Dennis Bowman
Extension Digital Agriculture Specialist

N-307 Turner Hall MC-046 1102 South Goodwin Avenue Urbana IL 61801

Program Areas
Commercial Agriculture

Dennis Bowman is the Commercial Agriculture Educator attached to the Crop Sciences Research and Education Center, better known as the South Farms. Dennis grew up on a small grain and livestock farm near Carlinville, Illinois in Macoupin County. He received his B.S. in 1981 from Western Illinois University (Ag. Sci.) and his M.S. from the University of Illinois in 1992 (Agronomy).

He's been employed with University of Illinois Extension since 1981, serving as Assistant and Associate Ag. Adviser in Macoupin County from 1981 to 1985, and as Ag. Adviser in DeWitt County from 1985 to 1992. Since 1992 he has worked out of the regional Extension Centers in Decatur and Champaign. He is responsible for crop production programming and support in East Central Illinois



  • Agronomic management of commercial corn, soybean, wheat and forage production systems
  • precision farming and agricultural technology applications
  • Extension’s distance diagnostics system
  • General information regarding corn, soybean, wheat, alfalfa and forage production
  • Using new technologies to enhance crop production
    • Global Positioning Systems and Geographic Information Systems
    • Variable rate technology
    • Remote sensing
    • Yield monitors
    • Biotechnology
  • General crop troubleshooting and scouting in field and forage crops
  • Identification and diagnosis of insect problems in field and forage crops
  • Master Gardener Training: Soils and fertilizers, pesticide safety

Current Research Projects and Demonstrations

  • Implementation of variable rate nitrogen strategies for corn
  • Application of GPS and GIS technology for field crop production
  • Evaluation of remote sensing imagery for field crop production
  • Current Issues

  • Implications of the adoption of genetically enhances crops
  • Impact of fertilizers and pesticides on water quality
  • Cost effectiveness of precision farming technologies