Meeting Recaps


Bring your Questions, Comments, and Experiences and come to the field!

November 19th, 2013 at 9 am we are having a Cover Crop Field Day at

320 County Road 2300 E (West side of the road)

Broadlands, IL 61816

Please see our flyer for more information.



Upcoming Field Demonstration Day

We will be hosting a field demonstration day August 20th, 2013 at the Community Building in Royal, IL.  Topics that will be covered are Nutrient Management, Water Quality Monintoring results, the cover crop testing site, and a wrap-up summary of the Upper Salt Fork Watershed Project.
There will be a morning bus tour to the USGS gaging station near St. Joseph, a stop at the new USGS gaging station on the Spoon River, a stop at a demonstration plot of a drainage water management site, and a final stop at a cover crop testing plot.  Lunch will be provided.

Big Ditch Watershed TMDL Stakeholders Meeting

This meeting will be held at the Red Wheel in Rantoul, Illinois, August 23rd at 7:30 am.  Topics to be covered are Drainage Water Management, Saturated Buffers, Perennial Grasses for use as Forage crop, and Energy Crops and their use in Conservation.  Modeling updates and an update from Dan Schafer from ICBMP will also be presented.

Roots for Improvement - June 28, 2013

Mark your calendar for June 28th from 8 am to noon. Some of the Big Names in Cover Crops are coming to share their information with us.  Dan Towery will address Soil Health, Cover Crops 101 by Joel Gruver, Chemical Effects on Cover Crops by Dan Schaefer and then a Cover Crop Panel.  Three CEU's have been applied for and Seed Dealers and Custom Applicators will be on Hand to give you personal attention and show you what they have to offer.  This meeting will be held in the Champaign County Farm Bureau and U of I Extension Building at 801 N County Fair Drive.  

Cast Away to a Better Pond - Monday, May 6, 2013

Mike Garthaus, IDNR Fisheries Biologist, and Dave Shiley, U of I Extenstion Educator, were on hand Monday, May 6th is discuss pond management.  Mr. Garthaus surveyed the fish population with a pond shocking and then talked about different ways to manage the pond based on the owner's goals.  During the spring and summer, Mr. Garthaus performs a limited number of pond surveys, however, he is more available by phone for consultations. He recommended people fish their pond and note their catch from species to size.  With this information, he can make management recommendations to help pond owners reach their goals.  Mr. Shiley described the NPDES permit process for applying aquatic chemicals; more information and the application can be found on the IEPA website. Time was also spent discussing nuisance wildlife and the ways to manage them. Overall, it was a great meeting and large thank you goes to the pond owners for hosting the meeting.