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University of Illinois Extension serving Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall and Putnam Counties

LaSalle County
815 North Orlando Smith Road
Room C223
Oglesby, IL 61348
Phone: 815- 224-0889
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Bureau County
850 Thompson St,
Becker Professional Suites,
Princeton, IL 61356
Phone: 815-875-2878
FAX: 815-875-2870
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LaSalle County
1689 North 31st Road,
Suite 2
Ottawa, IL 61350
Phone: 815-433-0707
FAX: 815-433-5454
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

Marshall-Putnam County
509 Front Street,
Suite 4
Henry, IL 61537
Phone: 309-364-2356
FAX: 309-364-2804
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm (Closed 12 - 1pm)

News Release

Soil Testing Workshop

University of Illinois Extension invites ag producers, land owners, agri-businesses and others interested to attend the Soil Testing Workshop on Thursday, March 8, at the LaSalle County Extension Office, 1689 N. 31st Road, Ottawa. Russ Higgins, University of Illinois Extension Commercial Agriculture Educator, Daryle Wragge, Extension Ag Program Coordinator, and Mark Baran, NRCS District Conservationist, are the featured speakers. Participants will learn more on how to test soil and how to interpret results. Actual soil samples are not needed for the workshop.

Topics of Discussion

· Importance of modern day soil tests to achieve maximum profit from our soils

· Types of soil testing available

· Interpretive test results for effective and economic application

· How an accurate test sample is taken

· What are recommended levels of nutrient availability in  conjunction with various soil types, productivity ratings and achievable yield goals?

· What is pH and how important is it to top soil productivity?

· What are our major micro-nutrient levels for our area soil and how important are they?

The program is sponsored by the LaSalle County Farm Bureau, LaSalle County NRCS, LaSalle County SWCD and University of Illinois Extension – Bureau, LaSalle, Marshall, Putnam Unit.  




 Advance registration is required by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6 by calling University of Illinois Extension – LaSalle County Office at 815-433-0707. There is no cost to attend. If you need a reasonable accommodation, please indicate when registering.

Questions may be directed to Daryle Wragge, Ag Program Coordinator, 309-364-2356.

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If you have questions or need more information please call University of Illinois Extension, Bureau-LaSalle-Marshall-Putnam Unit at 815-224-0889.



Source: Jill Guynn, County Extension Director,