The kura clover pastures at the Arlington Agricultural Research station have entered their fourth growing season. The pastures are grazed by dairy cows, and on Wednesday, June 26 they”ll be the focus of a Pasture Day at the station.
The program will open with a welcome and introduction by Columbia County crops and soils agent Laura Paine and UW-Madison agronomist Ken Albrecht, who has been studying kura clover for more than 10 years. The morning program will feature scientists and graduate students discussing intake as the key to pasture profitability, the effects of sward structure on intake, how kura clover compares with red clover for grazing Holstein steers, and balancing nitrogen fertilizer with legumes. The morning will conclude with a pasture walk to view the plant mixes and discuss kura establishment.
Following the lunch break, visitors may either visit the robotic milking system or tour fields where researchers are studying Kura clover as a living mulch for corn production. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The program and lunch are free, but to help with lunch estimates, organizers ask that visitors pre-register by calling Laura Paine at (608) 742-9682. The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences” Arlington station is on U.S. Highway 51, about 5 miles south of Arlington and 15 miles north of Madison. From Highway 51, turn west on Badger Lane Road to get to the Emmons Blaine Dairy Center.