Nutrient Loss & Soil Health Field Day To Be Held August 19th at the Dudley Smith Farm, Pana, IL - U of I Extension

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Nutrient Loss & Soil Health Field Day To Be Held August 19th at the Dudley Smith Farm, Pana, IL


July 8, 2016

TAYLORVILLE, IL  - University of Illinois Extension announces a Nutrient Loss & Soil Health Field Day to be held at the Dudley Smith Farm, near Pana, IL, August 19 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. University of Illinois – College of ACES and the Nutrient Research and Education Council (NREC) are supporting a nutrient loss and water quality research project taking place at the Dudley Smith farm site.  The College of ACES / Office of Research, through the Dudley Smith Initiatives, recently announced a 3-year study titled: “Balancing water quality and nutrient management goals for the sustainable intensification of corn systems”.  This project will help answer questions on the effects of combining water quality practices on corn production and tile drainage nutrient losses in Illinois.

Key discussions will be led by project researchers during the morning program. On display (weather permitting) will be ongoing installation of monitoring systems using field measurements and modeling to examine in-field and edge-of field water quality improvement practices.  Co-sponsoring the field day is the Soil Health Partnership (SHP) and their cooperators and staff from across the Midwest.  SHP staff will provide a regional briefing and answer program related questions throughout the morning.  Lunch will be provided to those registering in advance. Field activities begin at 9:00 a.m., ending at 1:00 p.m.  The program is free of charge, but requires a confirmed registration in advance.  Online registration can be found in the “Register Online” section at: or by calling 217-287-7246. Request for CCA CEU credits have been submitted for approval. (Soil & Water Management CEUs: 2.0)

Speakers include:

Program Welcome and Introductions - Gary Letterly

U of I – ACES, Office of Research – Neal Merchen
Project Overview and Goals – Cameron Pittelkow
Bioreactors and Other Edge-of-Field Concepts – Laura Christianson
Water Quality Modeling – Rabin Bhattarai
Soil Health Partnership in Illinois – Jim Isermann and Leon Corzine

The event is being hosted by the University of Illinois Extension, Unit 18 and coordinated by Gary Letterly, Extension Educator, Energy and Environmental Stewardship.  Sponsors include: U of I – Dudley Smith Initiatives, Illinois NREC and Soil Health Partnership

Anyone interested in more information about the Nutrient Loss & Soil Health Field Day may call the Christian County Extension office at 217-287-7246 or contact Gary Letterly, at the Christian County Extension office emailing


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