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Crops And Soils Research Featured September 14th At Arlington Agronomy Field Day

A luncheon speech on grain markets and four field tours will highlight this year”s Agronomy Field Day on Thursday, Sept. 14 at the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Arlington Agricultural Research Station.

At lunch, grain marketing specialist Randy Fortenbery will review the current situation and outlook for grain markets. He”ll cover the supply-demand situation, explain how that may affect harvest price lows, and present some marketing strategies for growers to consider.

The field tours will feature the latest in research for managing crops and soils.

The forage tour will include: new management options with Roundup Ready alfalfa; an overview of alfalfa winter hardiness and fall dormancy; a discussion of when to treat potato leafhoppers in alfalfa; and a look at producing corn in a living mulch of kura clover.

The grain tour will cover: a Y2K perspective on the insects that attack grain crops; new research on how seed treatments and planting dates affect winter wheat yields, an update on how planting date affects the yield and quality of corn grain and silage; and an evaluation of how rotation impacts brown stem rot and soybean yield.

The weed tour will include: approaches for managing herbicide-resistant weeds; a discussion of WeedSOFT, a computer software program for managing weeds; tips for identifying and managing waterhemp; and new findings on how the competition between weeds and crops determines the success of both.

The soil and fertility tour will feature: a study of how dairy cattle diets affect phosphorus in manure and runoff; research on how tillage affects alfalfa nitrogen credits for wheat; an overview of how nitrogen fertilizers and lime impact soil productivity in the long term; and ideas about chopping corn stalks and managing crop residue.

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., 1:15 p.m. and 3 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 College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and UW Cooperative Extension cosponsor the event. 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.