Grain crops clinics set at new sites

Ray Mueller

Pulaski/Neenah — The annual grain crops production clinics sponsored by the Extension Service offices in Wisconsin's east central counties will be at new locations this year.

At 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, this year's clinics will be at the PremierCommunity Bank, 745 Highway 32 in Pulaski, and at Miron Construction, 1471 McMahon Drive in Neenah.

At each site, the presenters and topics will Extension Service soybean specialist Shawn Conley on the soybean inputs likely to provide the best return on investment in a low margin year, Extension Service corn specialist Joe Lauer on how to cope with current outlooks on corn prices for 2017 and Extension Service soil fertility specialist Carrie Laboski on the basic soil fertility strategies for success in growing crops.

An update on the herbicide resistant weeds in Wisconsin will be provided by University of Wisconsin-Madison agronomy graduate student Nathan Drewitz. What to look for when evaluating cover crops will be the topic of a webinar presentation by soil management specialist Anne Verhallen of the University of Guelph in Ontario and farmer Dave Brandt.

Preparing crop budgets for 2017 will be an additional topic at the clinics. That presentation will be made by Marinette County agriculture and horticulture agent Scott Reuss at the program in Pulaski and by Outagamie County crops, soils and horticulture agent Kevin Jarek at the session in Neenah.

Persons planning to attend are asked to make a reservation by Friday, Feb. 3. The fee is $25 per person. Checks are payable to UWEX.

For the clinic in Pulaski, send the payment to Shawano UWEX, 311 North Main Street, Room 101, Shawano, WI 54929, or call 715-526-6136. For the meeting in Neenah, send the payment to Winnebago UWEX, 625 East County Road Y, Suite 600, Oshkosh, WI 54901, or call 920-232-1970.