By Carrie Muehling
PONTIAC – The Livingston County Agronomy Day program continues this year under new management.
The educational event has been a project of the University of Illinois Extension for the past several years, but they discontinued the program and the Livingston County Farm Bureau will offer it instead. This year’s Agronomy Day is Mar. 5 at the Livingston County Extension Office.
“It seemed to have a really good following and we thought that the farmers in the county and the crop advisers would really appreciate us hosting it this year,” said Teresa Grant-Quick, manager of the Livingston County Farm Bureau.
A number of topics are on this year’s agenda, including two presentations on cover crops. Dr. Shalamar Armstrong with Illinois State University will address whether cover crops can increase the efficiency of fall-applied nitrogen, and Jay Whalen with Golden Harvest Seeds will follow up with a program on cover crop management. Weather information will be available in two morning segments from Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel. Angel will revisit last year’s drought and also talk about weather prospects for the coming year.
Complimentary lunch will be provided by Bernardi’s II prior to the afternoon program, which includes Dr. Jeff Bunting from Growmark and Illinois Farm Bureau’s Doug Yoder. Bunting will address 2013 crop production and herbicides, fungicides and insecticides. Yoder will talk about how changes to the farm bill could impact crop insurance.
Continuing education credits are available in the areas of nutrient management, integrated pest management and crop management for those attending the program.
The deadline to pre-register is Friday, Mar. 1. Call the Livingston County Farm Bureau office at (815) 842-1103 or email email@example.com.
“We’re very excited to be able to bring this to the county again and offer it to the farmers and the crop advisers in the area,” said Grant-Quick.
Carrie Muehling can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.