Agronomy/Soils Field Day highlights emerging technology

Wisconsin State Farmer
UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences researchers and UW-Extension specialists will host five tours scheduled during the Agronomy/Soils Field Day on Aug. 31.

Arlington, WI - The 2016 Agronomy/Soils Field Day highlights University of Wisconsin-Madison/Extension research on emerging technologies and relevant crop production issues. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 31 at Arlington Agricultural Research Station.

Using remote sensing in the field will be the topic for the lunch program. Phil Townsend, UW-Madison professor, will discuss new research using remote sensing. A use of remote sensing in the field tour includes discussion of utilizing remote sensing to estimate soybean emergence and sudden death syndrome; hyperspectral imaging of soybean trials; using UAVs for remote sensing: how to and FAA regulations; and using sensors for N management in wheat.

UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences researchers and UW-Extension specialists will host five tours scheduled throughout the day. Topic-specific tours will depart the Public Events Facility at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

  • A pest management tour examines diseases that affect Wisconsin field crops; economics and resistance management of corn rootworm; weed community composition and emergence in long-term no tillage, strip-tillage, and chisel plow corn and soybean systems; and managing volunteer wheat in late summer alfalfa seedings.
  • A grain production systems tour examines high input systems for higher yields; soybean nutrient uptake; strip-tillage in Wisconsin; and the importance of breeding diversity into crop hybrids and varieties.
  • A soil fertility and management tour covers split/late N applications to corn – Should I be using them?; the unseen majority – microbial life in soil; cover crops: interseeding, nitrogen credits and soil health; and quenching the thirst of crops: improving soil water availability.
  • A grain and forage production systems tour examines when yield is “determined” for corn grain production; revamping outdated soybean nutrient uptake models: results from a high input systems model; other CoolBean stuff; and forage harvest logistics image based kernel processing score and applied UAV research.
  • A forage productions tour covers reduced lignin alfalfa; establishing alfalfa in silage corn; ash in hay and wheel traffic; and breeding cool season grasses.

Lunch will available on the site for a $5 donation to the Badger Crops Club. Additional exhibits to visit between tours or during lunch include: Apps for Ag, Nutrient and Pest Management Program, Integrated Pest Management and SnapPlus, and others.

The Arlington Agriculture Research Station is located on Hwy. 51, about 5 miles south of Arlington and 15 miles north of Madison. Watch for field day signs. GPS coordinates are: 43.300467, -89.345534. For more information contact the UW-Madison Department of Agronomy at (608)262-1390 or the Department of Soil Science (608)262-0485.

In the event of rain, presentations will be held inside. This event is sponsored by the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and UW-Extension. Certified Crop Advisors: 7.5 CEU credits requested.