Department of Crop Sciences

Orr Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center

History

This center was originally established as a 278 acre agronomy center in 1978 on rolling deep-loess soils (primarily Hapludalfs, Ochraqualfs and Albaqualfs) near Perry in Pike County, of which 95 acres were suitable for agronomic plot work, and the remainder devoted to permanent grassland and forest. The University acquired an additional 191 acres adjacent to the original tract and has developed an Animal Sciences component, resulting in the reassignment of some acreage between the two units involved. This reassignment resulted in a total of 120 acres of usable agronomic plot land.

Each year there are about 45 agronomic research and demonstration projects being conducted by campus based staff and the station superintendent. The subject matter specialties involve soil chemistry and fertility, soil management, crop production, weed science, and environmental quality.

A unique cooperative arrangement has been established between the University and John Wood Community College at this location, wherein JWCC has constructed a major multi-purpose building on a small tract deeded to them by the University in exchange for office, laboratory, shop and equipment storage space. JWCC students receive training and assist the Crop Sciences program by serving as interns. Further, the instructional programs of JWCC are enhanced by direct contact with researchers and Extension specialists and there projects.

Center Staff

Michael Vose

Michael E. Vose

Associate Agricultural Research Technician
mvose@illinois.edu