Agronomy/Soils Field Day scheduled for Aug. 27 at Arlington Research Station

Contact: Carrie Laboski, 608-263-2795,

Four tours will highlight the latest in agronomy and soils research  at the Agronomy/Soils Field Day Wednesday, Aug. 27 at UW-Madison’s Arlington Agricultural Research Station.

Greenhouse gases and Wisconsin agriculture will be among the topics addressed during the tours hosted by CALS researchers and Extension specialists. Topic-specific tours will depart the Public Events Facility at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

– A soil science tour will include a discussion of strategies for crop residue management; nitrogen sensor research for corn and wheat; and using rolled cover crops in organic and conventional soybean production.

– A grains tour examines herbicide resistance in Wisconsin corn and soybeans; prescription seeding rates and climate impact on Midwestern soybean; maximum yield systems research for corn; and going “old school” to manage corn rootworms.

– A forages tour covers perennial forages for long-term carbon storage in Wisconsin’s prairie soils; cautions when harvesting wet forage; what level of weed control is needed to ensure alfalfa establishment; and common alfalfa diseases for 2014 and management options.

– A greenhouse gases and Wisconsin agriculture tour includes an introduction to greenhouse gases; greenhouse gas emissions from three crop rotations in Wisconsin; influence of weed management on nitrous oxide emissions; greenhouse gases from dairy-based rotation; and greenhouse gasses and biofuel production.

Lunch will available on the site for a $5 donation to the Badger Crops Club. During lunch, there will be a demonstration of UAV with aerial photography.

Additional exhibits to visit between tours or during lunch include: Apps for Ag, Nutrient and Pest Management Program, Integrated Pest Management and SnapPlus, and others.

The Arlington station is located on Hwy. 51, about 5 miles south of Arlington and 15 miles north of Madison. Watch for field day signs. For more information contact the UW-Madison Department of Agronomy at (608) 262-1390 or the Department of Soil Science (608) 262-0485.

In the event of rain, presentations will be held inside. Sponsored by the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and the UW-Extension [Certified Crop Advisors: 6.0 CEU credits requested].

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