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Sept. 19 field day looks at establishing perennial grass for bioenergy crops

Farmers and others interested in sustainable, perennial grass bioenergy systems are invited to attend a Perennial Grass Establishment for Biomass Production Field Day on Thursday September 19th from 1–2:30 p.m. at 777 Silver Lane in Albion, Wisconsin.

While native perennial grasses offer a number of advantages over continuous corn or corn/soybean rotations—including better efficiency, higher yield, lower nutrient requirements and significant conservation and climate benefits—they need specific management, especially in the first year. The field day offers an opportunity to compare first-year stands of switchgrass and native grass mixtures and to learn about management of native grasses, including pre-plant management, modifications to seeding equipment, conservation benefits, cost-share programs and more.

Presenters will include Kevin Shinners, UW Madison agricultural engineer; Rob Meyers, agronomist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and Steve Bertjens, state biologist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Albion is located about 35 minutes south of Madison. From either North or South on Interstate 39/90 take exit number 160 – Edgerton Hwys 51S/73/106 – and proceed north on Hwy 73.  In approximately 1 mile, proceed east on Hwy 106.  Silver Lane is approximately 2 miles east on Hwy 106.

Event sponsors include the UW-Madison College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, UW Environmental Resources Center, CenUSA, Dane County and Agrecol Corporation.

For more information, contact Pamela Porter at pporter@wisc.edu or (608) 575-2055.