Dudley Smith Farm Field Day held June 19 - U of I Extension

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Dudley Smith Farm Field Day held June 19


July 1, 2019

Over 50 Illinois producers attended the annual University of Illinois Dudley Smith Farm Field Day to learn about the latest research in soil health, beef cattle management, and water quality. The agricultural research farm is located in rural Christian County off Route 29 between Taylorville and Pana, Illinois.


University of Illinois Extension serving Christian, Jersey, Macoupin, and Montgomery counties hosted the field day, which featured speakers from academia and the agricultural industry. Doug Peterson, Regional Soil Health Specialist from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, discussed principles of soil health in grasslands. Peterson mentioned minimizing disturbance, maximizing ground cover and biodiversity, and the integration of livestock to improve soil health. Additionally, a local producer, Aaron Schafer of Schafer Stock Farm (Owaneco, IL), discussed the operation of his grain and registered Angus cattle enterprises.


The field day also included Dudley Smith Farm research updates by the U of I Department of Crop Sciences. Giovani Preza-Fontes, PhD student and Kristin Greer, Senior Research Specialist presented data from their water quality and nutrient management project. Dr. Reid Christianson also discussed his ongoing pasture infiltration research and conducted infiltration demonstrations.


Field day participants were provided the opportunity to take walking tours of the research farm to learn about various pasture paddock grazing systems as well as the water quality and nutrient management system featuring a woodchip bioreactor for nitrate-nitrogen removal from tile drainage water.


Anyone interested in more information may contact Ashley Belle by calling 217-287-7246 or emailing abelle@illinois.edu.


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DS Photo 1: Doug Peterson uses a rainfall simulator to demonstrate soil health concepts.

Pull date: August 1, 2019