Presentation at 2016 WI Crop Management Conference: Free tools for ag consultants and educators

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The weather was kind to Wisconsin farmers this year, but we know that's not always the case. This year's Wisconsin Crop Management Conference will give farmers, crop advisors and ag educators a chance to check out four new online tools to help farmers plan more effectively when it comes to weather and climate impacts to on planting dates, nitrogen application, and other production decisions.

Chad Hart, an Iowa State University Extension agricultural economist will be presenting 'An ACE in the Field: Agronomic, Climatic, and Economic Tools for Ag Consultants and Educators' on Jan. 14, from 2:30-3:20.

The new tools were developed through the USDA-funded Useful to Usable initiative and are available for 12 corn belt states, including Wisconsin. The U2U initiative provides farmers and agricultural advisors with a diverse and free tool suite to help manage increasingly variable weather and climate conditions.

An integrated team of university researchers, climatologists and social scientists from across the Corn Belt collaborated on the project, which includes an AgClimate ViewDST, Climate Patterns ViewerDST, Corn GDDDST, Corn Split NDST, and an irrigation tool coming this spring.

'Make sure you stick around for this presentation on Thursday afternoon,' said Matt Ruark, UW Extension Specialist. 'These publically available tools have the potential to be used by a range of agricultural professionals in Wisconsin.'

'We'd like to think we are demystifying climate data one user at a time and hope producers will use the information to make better decisions and ultimately increase yields with minimal environmental impact,' said Dr. Linda Stalker Prokopy, Associate Professor of Natural Resource Social Science at Purdue and U2U Project Director.

The U2U suite of tools was created to help farmers and agricultural advisers manage increasingly variable weather and climate conditions across the Corn Belt. For more information, go to