ROSEVILLE, Ill. — Nutrient management is the theme for the Western Illinois University Organic Research Program’s annual Allison Farm Field Day near Roseville in August.

According to Joel Gruver, director of WIU’s Organic Research Program and assistant professor in the WIU School of Agriculture, the field day is slated from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Dakin Farm shop, 130 20th St., and the Allison Organic Farm, intersection of 20th Ave. and 20th St., Rose ville.

“There are many opportunities for improved nutrient management on organic and conventional farms,” Gruver said. “This year’s program will offer a balance of technical information and on-farm observations relevant to anyone interested in the advantages of feeding both the soil and the crop.”

After registration and welcoming remarks from 9 to 9:30 a.m., the first scheduled speaker is Tom Ferguson, a manure specialist whose company manufactures a pelletized chicken litter product evaluated on the Allison Farm this year.

The keynote presentation by Bill Becker – also known as “The Crop Doctor,” a crop consultant based in central Illinois for more than three decades — will begin at 10 a.m. Becker will explore opportunities to optimize crop health and soil biological activity through finely tuned nutrient management.

The morning 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 an overview by Gruver covering recent research at the Allison Farm.

Around 1:30 p.m., the program will transition to the Allison Farm, where Gruver 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.

Weather permitting, an equipment demonstration also is scheduled.

The event is open free to the public, but registration is required on or before Aug. 6 for those who plan to attend the lunch event.

To register, contact Andy Clayton at (309) 298-1172 or (217) 322-2639 or phone (309) 298-1080.