Dates set for agrichemical container recycling

A roundup of agricultural news:

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Agriculture has scheduled two recycling events in East Central Illinois at which agri-chemical containers will be collected.

The first is the afternoon of Aug. 15 at Weber Fertilizer in Buckley. The second is the morning of Aug. 16 at United Prairie in Tolono.

Farmers can bring empty agrichemical containers to those sites, and the containers will be ground into small plastic chips that can be used to make shipping pallets, fence posts, drainage tubing, plastic lumber and other products.

Collection sites will accept only high-density polyethylene, #2 plastic, agrichemical containers that are clean and dry.

Those who bring them in are responsible for rinsing the containers and removing caps, labels and foil seals.

Metal and household pesticide containers are not eligible for the recycling program.

UI Agronomy Day topics announced

URBANA — Field-tour topics for the annual University of Illinois Agronomy Day have been announced.

Four different tours will be offered Aug. 15 from the UI's Crop Sciences Research and Education Center south of St. Mary's Road.

Tour A will address: NitroGenes, soybean disease and pest resistance, corn production and Fusarium head blight of wheat.

Topics on Tour B include: Western corn rootworm management, suppressing soybean diseases through cover crops, monitoring Bt resistance in rootworms, reducing nutrient loss and agricultural economics.

Tour C will cover: vegetable soybean production, soybean cyst nematode virulence, plant density tolerance and Palmer amaranth.

Tour D will discuss: phosphorus and potassium placement in no-till fields, how far corn yields can be pushed, nutrient management in corn-soybean rotation and the six secrets of soybean success.

Tours are offered every half hour from 7 a.m. to noon. Each tour lasts about an hour, so participants should come early if they want to take all four tours.

More than 1,000 people attend the annual event that focuses on technology and techniques for improving food production.

Area youth shine at state FFA convention

SPRINGFIELD — Cody Carman of the Sullivan FFA Chapter was elected secretary of the Illinois FFA at its state convention in Springfield.

Dalton Tweedy of the Shiloh FFA Chapter was named the State Proficiency Winner in Wildlife Production and Management. State winners compete at the National FFA Convention in October.

The Oakwood FFA Chapter received a Gold Certificate of Recognition at the convention.

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