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University of Illinois' Dudley-Smith Farm held a field day this morning to explain all that's going on at this time during the year, and also explain the projects they are getting prepared for to continue research in the agriculture industry. Regional Radio News caught up with Ed Ballard, a retired but active U of I Extension educator, to find out all that's going on at Dudley-Smith Farm. Ballard said in recent years they've focused on programs dealing with both crops and livestock and how they impact and benefit each other.

Ballard said another issue they are looking at and hoping to help fix is soil health. He said with their research they will look at how fungus and bacteria work with the soil, as well as what kinds of other things impact the soil such as the amount of fertilizer and timing of adding said fertilizer.

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