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WIU ALLISON FARM FIELD DAY AUGUST 8, 2013
NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT

Nutrient management is the theme for the Western Illinois University Organic Research Program's annual Allison Farm Field Day next month. The field day will be held from 9 am to 3 pm on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at the Dakin Farm shop and the Allison Organic Farm near Roseville, IL.

Following registration and welcoming remarks from 9-9:30 a.m. in the Dakin Farm shop the first scheduled speaker is Tom Ferguson, a manure specialist (manureinc.com) whose company manufactures a pelletized chicken litter product evaluated on the Allison Farm this year.

At 10 a.m. Bill Becker a.k.a. "The Crop Doctor", a crop consultant based in central Illinois, our keynote speaker, will explore opportunities to optimize crop health and soil biological activity through finely tuned nutrient management.

The morning's events will conclude with a farmer panel discussion featuring successful large-scale organic grain farmers in Illinois.

A free lunch will be provided featuring local farm products, followed by a an overview by Gruver covering recent research at the Allison Farm.  At approximately 1:30 p.m. the program will transition to the Allison Farm, where Dr. Joel Gruver, director of Western's Organic Research Program, will host a walking tour of the farm's research and demonstration plots. The plot work includes evaluation of a variety of soil amendments and biological seed treatments. An equipment demonstration is also scheduled (weather permitting).

The event is free to the public, but registration is required by Tuesday, August 6, for those planning to attend the luncheon. To register, contact Andy Clayton at (309) 298-1172 or (217) 322-2639 or the WIU School of Agriculture at (309) 298-1080.

Directions to the Dakin Farm shop (130 20th St., Roseville, IL):

If arriving from the north, travel on Rt. 67 five miles south of the Rt. 67 and Rt. 116 intersection in Roseville to County Rd. 20th Ave. N, then turn west and travel four miles on 20th Ave. to the south-east corner of the Allison Farm (intersection of 20th Ave. and 20th St.). Turn left and proceed south 0.7 miles on 20th St. to the Dakin Farm shop.

If arriving from the south, travel on Rt. 67 seven miles north of the Rt. 67 and Rt. 9 intersection in Good Hope to County Rd. 20th Ave. N (2 miles north of the Warren County line), then turn west and travel four miles on 20th Ave. to the south-east corner of the Allison Farm (intersection of 20th Ave. and 20th St.). Turn left and proceed south 0.7 miles on 20th St. to the Dakin Farm shop.

Contact Information

Dr. Joel Gruver
Office: Knobluch Hall 302
Phone: (309) 298-1215
Email: J-Gruver@wiu.edu

Mr. Andy Clayton
Office: Knoblauch Hall 303
Phone: (309) 298-1172
Email: AW-Clayton@wiu.edu

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Dr. Joel Gruver with Doris and Joe Foust-owners of the Allison Farm

Dr. Joel Gruver (center) with Doris & Joe Foust, owners of the Allison Farm