URBANA, Ill. — Have questions about Palmer amaranth or looking for the latest secrets to soybean success?

Plan to hear more on these and other topics related to crop sciences at the 57th annual Agronomy Day at the University of Illinois on Thursday, Aug. 15. Field tour topics include:

* Tour A — “NitroGenes” power more corn yield with less nitrogen; Soybean disease and pest resistance for today and the future; Management of fusarium head blight of wheat; and Corn production.

* Tour B — Western corn rootworm management in the midst of Bt resistance and surging soil insecticide use; Evaluating the suppression of soybean diseases through the use of cover crops; Monitoring Bt resistance in western corn rootworm in Illinois; Strategies to reduce nutrient loss in Illinois; and Ag economics.

* Tour C — Vegetable soybean: Overcoming hurdles to domestic production; Soybean cyst nematode virulence; Plant density tolerance: Old premise, new research; and Palmer amaranth: Hype or cause for concern?

* Tour D — Phosphorus and potassium placement for no-till and no-strip corn and soybean; How far can we sustainably push corn yields?; Optimizing nutrient management in a corn-soybean rotation: Understanding crop nutritional needs; and The six secrets of soybean success.

A complete list of this year’s speakers and topics can be viewed by visiting http://agronomyday.cropsci.illinois.edu.