University of Illinois Extension is hosting a field day that is the first of a series of field days that will occur across the state over the next few years. The field day will take place on Aug. 19 in Ogle County from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

This series of field days focuses on soil health.

The host farmer, Norm Deets, is participating in a study with the University of Illinois funded through USDA-SARE program where researchers are observing the changes in soil health over a period of five years. The first year of the study is concluding in August 2021.

The featured speaker for this field day is Professor Dennis Busch from University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Dr. Busch is bringing his rainfall simulator to use in a demonstration at the field day.

Other speakers include Dr. Stacy Zuber, the Illinois soil health specialist with USDA-NRCS, Rachel Curry, Illinois Extension’s watershed outreach coordinator covering the Lower Rock and Flint-Henderson watersheds in northern Illinois.

The host farmer, Norm Deets, will also talk on his farming system and the steps that he is taking to build soil health on his farms.

This field day is free and open to the public. Lunch is included. Please register prior to the event at For questions about this program, please contact Chelsea Harbach ( 

If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Judy Hodge, or 815-732-2191. Early requests are strongly encouraged to all ow sufficient time to meet your needs.

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