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University of Illinois Extension Host Dudley Smith Farm Field Day
June 27, 2017
Photo: Dr. Laura Christianson, presenting information on the research to be conducted at the Dudley Smith Research Farm.
University of Illinois Extension Unit 18 hosted the Dudley Smith Farm Field Day on June 21, 2017 at the University of Illinois Dudley Smith Farm located just off Route 29 between Taylorville and Pana, IL. Over 50 producers attended the field day to learn more about the recently launched research project taking place on the Dudley Smith Farm and also heard from an area livestock producer.
John Hebert, a local farmer from Owaneco, spoke to the group. Hebert, who runs a father & son grain and livestock operation, talked about his diversified farming methods. He talked about his cow-calf operation that he runs on his farm and how he manages to raise five crops in a three-year period.
The program also featured Vickie Jarrell, Associate Director/ U of I ACES Office of Research, who discussed the importance of The Dudley Smith Farm. Jarrell stated that, “the farm creates a field of research to test new practices and technologies and is sustained by a gift provided by the Dudley Smith Family.” She added, “This support assures that meaningful research projects at the site can continue to move forward and gives unique opportunities to answer research questions.”
Dr. Cameron Pittelkow, Assistant Professor of Agronomy and Dr. Laura Christianson, Assistant Professor of Crop Sciences, from U of I ACES are a part of the research team at the farm. They informed the audience of the new research project dealing with nutrient loss and water quality management that is beginning at the farm. The research includes a new drainage system, which will determine how much nitrogen leaves the soil, and an automated water sampler system that will provide accurate measurements.
An optional tour of the Dudley Smith Farm test plots was available to participants. The tour gave visitors an opportunity to view the new drainage system. Information on the new automated water sampler system was also presented. Lunch was provided by U of I ACES Office of Research.
Anyone interested in more information may contact Catherine O’Connell by calling 217-287-7246 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting their local Extension Office.
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