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Crops And Soils Research Featured September 16 At Agronomy Field Day

Four tours will highlight the latest in crops and soils research at Agronomy Field Day, Thursday, Sept. 16 at the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Arlington Agricultural Research Station.

The corn silage tour will include: a 100-year perspective on silage varieties; ideas for managing insects in silage corn; how crop processors affect corn silage; ways to manage bunker silos; and an update on corn silage feeding trials.

The corn and soybean management tour will cover: improvements in managing corn for high yields; progress in breeding disease-resistant soybeans; practices for managing Roundup-Ready soybeans; soybean modeling for high yields; and economic and environmental impact of diversifying the corn-soybean rotation.

The soil fertility and management tour will feature: optimizing nitrogen rates based on corn hybrid and planting date; understanding and interpreting field variability; relating yield to soil properties; and using seed-placed starter fertilizer.

The weed management tour will include: a comparison of weed management systems; consequences of herbicide drift and tank contamination; managing weeds in Roundup-Ready cropping systems; how wirestem muhly grows and develops; and splitting hairs in weed identification.

Specialists from the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and UW Cooperative Extension Service will staff the tour stops. Tours will leave the Public Events Facility at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. In the event of rain, presentations will be made inside. There will be exhibits in the station”s Public Events Facility, including the College”s popular weed and plant doctors. Lunch and refreshments will be available at the event.

The field day is sponsored by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and UW Cooperative Extension. The Arlington Agricultural Research Station is about five miles south of Arlington and 15 miles north of Madison on U.S. Highway 51 in Columbia County. Exit Interstate 90-94 at Wis. Highway 60 or exit U.S. Highway 51 at Badger Road and follow the signs.