BLOOMINGTON, ILL. — The Illinois Specialty Growers Association is once again partnering with the Illinois State Horticultural Society and the University of Illinois to host the 2013 Horticulture Field Day, to be held June 13 at Curtis Orchard and Pumpkin Patch in Champaign, Ill., and the University of Illinois Fruit Research and Education Center in Urbana, Ill.

This year’s field day will feature morning field tours of the apple orchard, lead by Paul and Joyce Curtis, as well as discussions on entomology, plant pathology, diseases, weed control, maintaining a young workforce and herbal teas

During lunch, attendees also will have the opportunity to participate in presentations from various exhibitors and listen to comments from the president of the Illinois State Horticultural Society.

Following the tour of Curtis Orchard, attendees will visit the University of Illinois Fruit Research and Education Center. There, they’ll have a chance to take a walking tour of the facility, as well as review research about apple and peach root stocks, weed control in orchards, insect and pest management, high-tunnel vegetable production and more.  

Those wishing to attend the 2013 Horticulture Field Day may pre-register now through  June 11 by calling Don Naylor, executive secretary, Illinois State
Horticultural Society at 309-530-7678 or 309-828-8929, or by email at

The cost for pre-registration is $25 per person and may be paid upon arrival or by mailing a check to the Illinois State Horticultural Society at 15962 Old
Orchard Road, Bloomington, Ill., 61705. On-site registration begins at 8:00 a.m. June 13 and costs $30. Children under the age of 12 are free.

Additional event information can be obtained by contacting Don Naylor. For additional presentation information, please contact Mohammad Babadoost at 217-333-1523 or email


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