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Students inspect soybean variety trial at WIU's School of Agriculture's Allison Organic Research and Demonstration Farm. Photo courtesy of Joel Gruver
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"One of our most exciting experiments in 2009 is a tillage system experiment featuring organic no-till soybeans drilled into rolled cereal rye," Joel Gruver, assistant professor in WIU's School of Agriculture, said. Gruver and the School of Ag will host a "Twilight Tour" at the Allison Organic Research and Demonstration Farm beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1. Photo courtesy of Joel Gruver.
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School of Ag to Host "Twilight Tour" of Allison Organic Farm Oct. 1

September 28, 2009


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MACOMB, IL -- Western Illinois University's organic research program will host a "Twilight Tour" of the Allison Organic Research and Demonstration Farm at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1. According to Joel Gruver, assistant professor in WIU's School of Agriculture, the event will begin with an informal walking tour and will feature large- and small-scale research plots evaluating cover crops, soybean varieties, corn hybrids, seed inoculants, tillage systems and crop rotations.

Equipment will be on display and available for demonstration, weather permitting.

"Individuals will have the opportunity to engage in a lively discussion of lessons learned in 2009, from their farms and the Allison Farm, as well as discuss plans for 2010 and other topics of interest," Gruver said.

Gruver also noted that a second tour will take place later this fall season.

"One of our most exciting experiments in 2009 is a tillage system experiment featuring organic no-till soybeans drilled into rolled cereal rye," Gruver added. (To view photos of it see: picasaweb.google.com/joelandlisa/
Tillagesystemexperiment#
.)

For more information, contact Andy Clayton at (309) 298-1172, (217) 322-2639, AW-Clayton@wiu.edu or Western's School of Agriculture at (309) 298-1080. Information about WIU's organic agriculture research program is available online at wiu.edu/ag/organicfarm.

Directions to the Allison Farm:
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 Allison Farm

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, then turn west and travel four miles on 20th Ave. to the Allison Farm.

Signs will be posted the day of the event. Contact Clayton at (217) 322-2639 if you need additional assistance.

Posted By: Teresa Koltzenburg (WIUNews@wiu.edu)
Office of University Relations