Agronomy/Soils Field Day scheduled for Aug. 22, 2018

Contact: Carrie Laboski, 608-263-2795,

The 2018 Agronomy/Soils Field Day highlights University of Wisconsin-Madison/Extension research on emerging technologies and relevant crop production issues. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 22 at Arlington Agricultural Research Station.

UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences researchers and Extension specialists will host four tours scheduled throughout the day. Topic-specific tours will depart the Public Events Facility at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Tours topics are:

— Soil Fertility and Management: improve ROI and NUE by timing N applications for corn; soil sampling with banded fertilizer; use of rye cover crop in dairy forage production: environmental and yield benefits; soil health in Wisconsin.

— Grain Production Systems: forages – old, new and reimagined; management practices that minimize the soybean yield gap on your farm; advances in crop biotechnology at the Wisconsin Crop Innovation Center; The Wisconsin corn pop-up/starter fertilizer challenge.

— Pest Management: using fungicide in corn for grain and silage; weed management for annual cropping systems; using an integrated approach to western bean cutworm management; white mold management.

— Interseeding in Grain and Forage Systems: interseeding cover crops in organic corn and soybean production; interseeding legumes with Kernza; small grains with frost seeded clover; interseeding corn and alfalfa.

— Equipment Rodeo: agriculture technology – planting, UAV remote sensing and autonomous machines.

Wisconsin population and demographic megatrends: implications for agriculture and farming will be the topic for the lunch program and will be presented by Dan Veroff, Extension Demographic Specialist at UW-Madison Applied Population Lab.

Lunch will available on the site for a $5 donation to the Badger Crops Club. Additional exhibits to visit between tours or during lunch include: UW Soil & Forage Analysis Lab, SnapPlus, Nutrient and Pest Management Program, and others.

The Arlington Agriculture Research Station is located on Hwy. 51, about 5 miles south of Arlington and 15 miles north of Madison. Watch for field day signs. GPS coordinates are: 43.300467, -89.345534.

In the event of rain, presentations will be held inside. This event is sponsored by the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and UW-Extension. Certified Crop Advisors: 7.5 CEU credits requested.

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences will make a reasonable effort to provide accommodations for participants with disabilities when notified in advance. To request a disability accommodation, please contact 608-846-3761 ext. 101 or at least 10 days in advance of event. Efforts will be made to meet same day requests to the extent possible.


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