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Crops And Soils Research Featured Aug. 30 At Arlington Research Station Field Day

Three field tours and a tent session on managed grazing research will highlight this year”s Agronomy/Soils Field Day Wednesday, Aug. 30 at the UW-Madison”s Arlington Agricultural Research Station.

Experts on the soils tour will talk about soil sampling for unusual field settings, long-term nitrogen use in continuous corn, phosphorus availability in manure, and how biosolids treatment affects soil test phosphorus levels.

The cropping systems tour will look at corn silage yield, quality, and profitability, and about how it might serve as energy biofeedstock. Other stops on the tour will focus on the use of using Avitec corn seed treatment to repel sand hill cranes., and management strategies used to improve soybean plant health.

The weed management tour will focus on glyphosate resistance in common lambsquarters. Speakers will talk about Wisconsin evidence of variable control, environmental variables affecting control, and herbicide application timing strategies. There will also be a discussion on new options for controlling weeds in pastures.

A special session from 1-3 p.m. will focus on managed grazing research. UW-Madison. Researchers will talk about what they have learned about the use of this production practice in the state. A panel of Wisconsin graziers will discuss what is missing from current research and how to best fill those gaps in the future.

Over the lunch break, Randy Fortenbery, an Extension marketing, will talk about the grain market outlook.

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. Lunch and refreshments will be available for a modest cost. Certified crop advisors can receive up to four CEU credits for this event.

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and UW Cooperative Extension co-sponsor 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. Watch for field day signs.

A flier on the field day is available online at http://www.cals.wisc.edu/downloads/06-FieldDay.pdf.