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WIU School of Agriculture Hosting Pennycress Field Day May 25

May 16, 2023

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MACOMB, IL – The Western Illinois University School of Agriculture will host its fourth annual IPREFER Pennycress Field Day from 10 a.m.-noon Thursday, May 25 at the Agriculture Field Laboratory on Tower Road in Macomb.

The event is open free to the public and no registration is required. The field laboratory is located north of the Harry Mussatto Golf Course.

This year's Pennycress Field Day has been established to introduce the new winter annual crop of field pennycress to local producers. The event will feature researchers and industry representatives discussing the short season crop and the results from the previous year.

The event will also introduce the IPREFER NIFA-CAP project, which is infusing $10 million toward the development and commercial launch of pennycress, along with the $13 million USDA-DOE IPREP project, focused on the abiotic stresses impacting pennycress production. Additional research projects funded by the Illinois Soybean Association, the Nutrient Research and Education Council, and CoverCress, Inc., looking at soybean planting dates, interseeding and impact of cover crops on water and soil health will be discussed.

The Pennycress Field Day is set up as a guided tour of the WIU pennycress plots. Attendees should wear walking shoes and snacks and water will be provided.

For questions, or if you would like to bring a large group of the event, contact WIU Agriculture Professor Win Phippen at

For more information on the WIU pennycress project, visit

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