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Crops and soils research featured Sept. 1 at Arlington ag station field day

Four field tours will highlight this year”s Agronomy/Soils Field Day on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Arlington Agricultural Research Station.

The soils tour (morning only) will look at how dairy diet phosphorus source affects runoff losses, performance of the Illinois nitrogen test in Wisconsin, no-till response to potassium fertilization, and using crushed drywall scrap as a soil amendment.

The cropping systems tour (morning and afternoon) will look at the corn/soybean rotation, rotation-resistant corn root worm, insecticide treatment for soybean, and disease control in Wisconsin cropping systems.

The weed management tour (morning and afternoon) includes using living quadrats to track weeds, lambsquarter response to glyphosate, and lambsquarter management in RoundupReady soybeans.

The corn silage tour (afternoon only) will look at new hybrids, residue management, rye as a cover crop after corn silage, and what rye can do to weeds.

Arlen Leholm, dean of Cooperative Extension at the UW-Madison, will deliver the luncheon speech, “Research-Extension-Farmer Linkages: A Look to the Future.”

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., and 1 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.