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Soil Health Partnership sets August 30 Field Day

How tillage strategies, nutrient management, and the growing of late season cover crops can improve soil health, cropping economics, and environmental resources will be the subject for a field day from 9 am to noon on Tuesday, Aug. 30 on the Dennis and Dan Roehrborn farm at W4430 County JM in central Sheboygan County.

The Roehrborns will describe how they interseed cover crops before the previous crops are harvested, the equipment they use to do so, and the low soil disturbance manure injection equipment that they use. There will also be a soil pit, which shows soil properties and crop root growth along with a visit to University of Wisconsin Extension Service research plots.

This field day is being sponsored by the Soil Health Partnership, which is an initiative of the National Corn Growers Association that's now in its third year with an enrollment of 65 partner farms in eight Midwestern states. A local sponsor for the field day is The Nature Conservancy, which has major funding from the Kohler Trust for Preservation.

The field day, to which admission is free, is designed for farmers, other land owners, and any other interested persons. More details and registration information are available on the website.


Lamartine Agronomy Field Day set

County Visions Coop. in Fond du Lac has partnered with Fond du Lac County Forage Council and UW- Extension to hold an Agronomy Day, with free corn silage moisture testing. This event will be held at the Montsma Farm in Lamartine (off Hwy 151 and Cty Rd TC) on Thursday, September 1st, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Everyone is welcome to attend. The theme is From the Ground Up and will feature corn & soybean root pits, a 360 Y-Drop Demo, and precision planting demonstrations.

Speakers Dr. Loretta Ortiz-Ribbing, UW-Extension, will discuss plant-root interactions with a focus on plant disease and cover crop systems, as well as mycorrhizae.

Brian Madigan, Country Visions, will demonstrate the root pits and 360 Y-Drop with respect to fine tuning nitrogen applications.

Cover crop success and tile lines will be addressed by Dr. Heidi Johnson, UW-Extension, along with a producer using cover crops in Wisconsin.

The use of seed treatments versus seedling diseases will be covered by Jeff Laufenberg with Syngenta Crop Protection.

The Fond du Lac Forage Council is also sponsoring the second day of corn silage moisture testing at this Agronomy Field Day from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Anyone wishing to have their corn silage tested for moisture content should bring 4 fresh stalks per sample, cut at silage height, and be ready to provide your name, location, phone number, corn hybrid name, hybrid maturity, and corn planting date.  The first date for free moisture testing will be Friday, August 26th from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Fond du Lac Country Visions Coop.

Additional sponsors of the silage testing include Country Visions Coop.; UW-Extension; CP Feeds; Croplan Seeds (Winfield); Dairyland Seeds; DeKalb Seeds (Monsanto); Insight FS Coop.; LG Seeds; Mycogen Seeds (Dow); NK Seeds (Syngenta); and Oakfield Elevator.

All sponsors will be recognized at both test sites.  Anyone wishing to provide additional sponsorships of this Forage Council event can contact Dave Schraufnagel at Country Visions Coop. in Fond du Lac at 920-923-7960.

A summary of the moisture results will be compiled and posted on the UW-Extension- Fond du Lac AG website shortly after each test date. These results can be used by local producers to help determine their harvest window.

Lunch will be provided by Country Visions Coop. at the Field Day on September 1.  Registration is needed by August 26 to reserve lunch. Register by calling the Fond du Lac Country Visions Coop. at 920-923-7960 or Fond du Lac UW-Extension at 920-929-3171.


The Ruffed Grouse Society to host fundraiser dinner

The Marinette County Chapter of the Ruffed Grouse Society will host its 29th Annual Conservation and Sportsmen's Banquet on Thursday, Sept. 15, at Trillium in the Woods, W 10508 Kottke Road, Crivitz, beginning with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m.

As with all RGS fundraisers, proceeds from this event will be used to enhance habitat for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and other forest wildlife. The evening will feature a live and silent auction, games, drawings and door prizes, highlighted with the finest selection of quality firearms, artwork and collectables.

Individual membership and dinner tickets are $60. There is also a membership and spouse package for $80 (includes 2 dinners) and a junior membership and dinner ticket is $30 (17 and under). Banquet, Conservation, Sustaining, and Gold sponsorship packages are also available at $275, $500, $1,000 and $2,500 respectively.

For more information or to purchase tickets contact: Bob Zutter - 715-923-7311.