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Stephenson County
Highland Community College, Bldg R
2998 W Pearl City Rd
Freeport, IL 61032
Phone: 815-235-4125
FAX: 815-232-9006
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 4:30 pm

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204 Vine, PO Box 600
Elizabeth, IL 61028
Phone: 815-858-2273
FAX: 815-858-2274

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650 North Main St
Rockford, IL 61103
Phone: 779-423-0982

Winnebago County
1040 North Second Street
Rockford, IL 61107
Phone: 815-986-4357
FAX: 815-986-4329

News Release

Highland Community College Field Day

Highland Community College Agriculture in partnership with University of Illinois Extension will be hosting a Soybean Research Demonstration on August 29, 2018 at Highland Agriculture’s research plot located at 3472 W. Loras Drive in Freeport, IL. The free demonstration will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude 11a.m. The public is invited to attend to learn about the research taking place at Highland as well as hear from Extension Specialists throughout the state on soybean insect, weed, disease, and production issues.  Breakfast will be provided for those who pre-register.


The research plot is in its first year of production at Highland Community College through a generous donation by Hinrich’s Family Farms. The 8-acre plot is intended to serve as a land lab where students can gain hands on experience with crop production and research design. This year’s research is testing the effects that various soybean population rates and seed treatments have on both yield and return on investment.  The college intends to share the progress of this research at the August 29th demonstration and plans to report the final data to the public at the conclusion of the growing season.


University of Illinois Extension specialists Phillip Alberti, Russ Higgins, and Nathan Kleczewski will share their knowledge as part of the demonstration.  Phillip Alberti is a Commercial Agriculture Educator and will discuss northwest Illinois production concerns from throughout the growing season. Crop Science Educator Russ Higgins will identify weed issues and control methods in soybeans.  Nathan Kleczewski is an Extension Pathologist at University of Illinois and will be speaking about soybean diseases and control options.


The demonstration is free, however participants are asked to register by Friday, August 24th to enjoy breakfast provided by HCC Agriculture.  Anyone interested in attending may register online by visiting the Extension website at or by calling the Stephenson County Extension office at 815-235-4125 


If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact your local Extension office.

Source: Phillip Alberti, ,

Local Contact: Nikki Keltner, Program Coordinator (Stephenson County),