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WIU School of Ag to Host Second "Twilight Tour" This Month at Allison Organic Farm

October 7, 2009

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MACOMB, IL -- Western Illinois University's organic research program will host a second "Twilight Tour" of the Allison Organic Research and Demonstration Farm this month. (The first one was held Oct. 1.) The second tour event is slated to start at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13 and will begin with an informal walking tour. According to Joel Gruver, assistant professor in WIU's School of Agriculture, the walking tour will feature large- and small-scale research plots evaluating cover crops, soybean varieties, corn hybrids, seed inoculants, tillage systems and crop rotations.

"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.

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

"One of our most exciting experiments in 2009 is a tillage system experiment featuring organic no-till soybeans drilled into rolled cereal rye," he added. (To view photos of it see:

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

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.

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