Mark Doudlah, a 4th generation farmer in SE WI, will share the keynote presentation at 11 am. Doudlah Farms, LLC (~ 1750 acres) is pioneering the use of no-till, narrow rows and precision ag technologies to produce a high diversity of organic crops – corn, corn seed, dry beans (dark red kidneys, pintos & black beans), ancient grains, canning crops and cover crop seed (Aroostook rye, Purple Bounty hairy vetch and Manitoba 4010 forage peas). Doudlah Farms also produces pastured livestock (beef, pork and poultry including eggs) and is conducting collaborative research with the USDA and state universities on peas, oats and pollinator strips.
After lunch, a walking tour of the Allison Farm’s research and demonstration plots – featuring corn, soybeans, sunflowers, small plots of alternative crops and diverse cover crops, managed with contrasting tillage systems, fertility programs, seed treatments, interseeding and cultivation practices- will begin at 1:30 p.m. There will also be equipment demonstrations if weather permits.
On-site registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Dedicated time for meeting with vendors and networking with attendees is scheduled before and between presentations. To pre-register or obtain more information about the Field Day, contact Andy Clayton – WIU Organic Program research technician and farm manager – at AW-Clayton@wiu.edu, (217) 322-2639 or the WIU School of Agriculture at (309) 298-1080. Pre-registration is strongly recommended for our planning purposes!
If arriving from the north, travel on U.S. Rt. 67 five miles south of the U.S. Rt. 67 and IL Rt. 116 intersection in Roseville to County Rd. 20th Ave. N, then turn west and travel four miles on 20th Ave. to the southeast corner of the Allison Farm (intersection of 20th Ave. and 20th St.). Turn left and proceed south 0.7 miles on 20th St. to the Dakin Farm shop located on the west side of the road.
If arriving from the south, travel on U.S. Rt. 67 seven miles north of the U.S. Rt. 67 and IL Rt. 9 intersection in Good Hope to County Rd. 20th Ave. N (2 miles north of the McDonough/Warren County line), then turn west and travel four miles on 20th Ave. to the southeast corner of the Allison Farm (intersection of 20th Ave. and 20th St.). Turn left and proceed south 0.7 miles on 20th St. to the Dakin Farm shop located on the west side of the road.