Illinois Valley Community College’s ag department will partner with University of Illinois Extension and Case New Holland Industrial’s Innovation and Agronomy teams to conduct a variety of research trials and demonstrations on its 150-acre campus farm this spring.
Led by Extension agronomist Russ Higgins, three corn trials focusing on planting depth, corn root worm activity and tar spot susceptibility will be planted. Corn and soybean seeding rates along with corn maturity demonstrations will be planted by students. CNH will conduct in-field planter tests monitoring crop residue and nitrogen placement.
Ag program co-coordinator Willard Mott says “We’re pleased our students will be working with the Extension and CNH on this research. Such hands-on learning can shape their future career paths.”
A fall field day is planned to share results with the public.