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UW Agronomy/Soils Field Day

August 30, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 3:00 pm


Cultivating a Resilient Agriculture

Tours & Exhibits of Current Crops & Soils Research
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Arlington Agricultural Research Station
Registration @ 8 am
Tours depart from the Public Events Facility at 8:30 am, 10:30 am, & 1:45 pm

Lunch provided by UW-Madison Badger Crops Club
{suggested donation $5/person}

Tour A:  Building Soil Health  {8:30 & 10:30 am}

  • Soils of Wisconsin (Alfred Haremink)
  • Importance of perennialization & diversification (Gregg Sanford & Randy Jackson)
  • Do cover crops improve soil health? (Matt Ruark)
  • Trade-offs with soil management decisions (Francisco Arriaga)

Tour B:  Managing Short- and Long-term Risk in Cropping Systems  {8:30 & 10:30 am}

  • How many corn hybrids should I grow on my farm? Minimizing risk & maximizing options (Joe Lauer)
  • Harnessing G x E x M interactions in soybean (Shawn Conley)
  • Weed management over 27 years in the Wis. Integrated Cropping Systems Trial (Nathan Drewitz & Dave Stoltenberg)
  • Identification, distribution & herbicide resistance of waterhemp and Palmer amaranth (Sam Marquardt & Mark Renz)

Tour C:  Perennial Forages to Accomplish Diverse Goals  {10:30 am & 1:45 pm}

  • Alfalfa: What have we learned & where are we headed? (Dan Understander)
  • When & where do fungicides pay in forage crops (Damon Smith)
  • Intermediate wheatgrass for forage & grain (Valentin Picasso)
  • Silvopasture: Benefits & challenges of trees in grazing systems (Keefe Keeley, Diane Mayerfeld & Steve Ventura)

*Tour D:  Designing Landscapes for Profit, Clean Water, Stable Climate & Biodiversity  {10:30 am & 1:45 pm}* — Will be held in the Auditorium

  • Yahara 2070: Using scenarios to understand impacts of future watershed land use (Chris Kucharik)
  • SmartScape: Developing a decision support tool for farmscape management (Claudio Gratton)
  • Biodiversity in the soil: Exploring how soil microbes influence crops (Thea Whitman)

Lunch & Panel Discussion @ 12:00 to 1:45pm, in the Auditorium
“What Do We Mean by Resilient Agriculture?”

Randy Jackson (Moderator; Professor, Dept. of Agronomy, UW-Madison
Panelists include:
Andy Bensend (A B Farms, Dallas, Wis.)
Sarah Lloyd (Special Products Coordinator, Wis. Farmers Union)
Heidi Johnson (Crops & Soils Educator, Dane Co. UW-Extension)
Matt Ruark (Professor & Extension Specialist, Dept. of Soil Science, UW-Madison)

The Arlington Research Station is located on Hwy. 51, about 5 miles south of Arlington & 15 miles north of Madison. Watch for Field Day signs.
For more information contact the Dept. of Agronomy at 608.262.1390 or the Dept of Soil Science at 608.262.0485.

In the event of rain, presentations will be held inside.

Sponsored by the UW-Madison College of Agricultural & Life Sciences/Arlington Agricultural Research Station/Departments of Agronomy & Soil Science, & UW Cooperative Extension.

{Certified Crop Advisors: CEU credits will be requested}

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August 30, 2017
8:00 am - 3:00 pm


Arlington Agricultural Research Station
N695 Hopkins Rd
Arlington, WI 53911 United States
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UW Departments of Agronomy & Soil Science