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.,
“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
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
The morning events will conclude with a farmer panel
discussion featuring successful large-scale organic grain farmers in
A free lunch will be provided featuring local farm products,
followed by an overview by Gruver covering recent research at the Allison
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
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.