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Crop Research Field Day coming to IVCC

IVCC ag program co-coordinators Kathryn Seebruck and Willard Mott recently assisted CNH agronomists with a research project – PHOTO IVCC

OGLESBY – A Crop Research Field Day will be coming to Illinois Valley Community College on Friday. IVCC Ag department, in partnership with the University of Illinois Extension, will host the event at IVCC’s agricultural research plot at the Oglesby campus starting at 10 AM. The plot serves as a land lab where students gain hands-on experience with crop production and research design. Field day topics include drone technologies, climate updates and forecasts, corn and soybean variety trials and corn rootworm demonstrations. IVCC ag instructor Willard Mott will give an overview of the many research trials conducted at IVCC and provide an update on the ag program’s growth. University of Illinois Extension Digital Agriculture Specialist Dennis Bowman will demonstrate several drone technologies while Illinois State Climatologist Trent Ford will review the 2022 growing season and share a forecast for the fall and spring.
Additional speakers include Dr. Nick Seiter (Extension Entomologist), Phillip Alberti (Commercial Agriculture Educator), and representatives from various seed and equipment providers who will discuss the variety and plant population trials being conducted at the land lab.
The demonstration begins at 10 a.m. and concludes by 12:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend to learn about IVCC’s program as well as hear from extension specialists on soybean insect, weed, disease and production issues. Lunch and networking opportunities will be available following the program. The demonstration is free, however, you should register by September 21st to enjoy lunch provided by the ag department. Register online at or call the Extension at (815) 224-0889.

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