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New Incubator for Ag Innovation Opens at UWRF
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 09/28/2017

A new epicenter of research that aims to help give farmers better tools to grow crops more sustainability is now open. It's called the WinField United Innovation Center, which is a 55,000-square-foot facility that replaces the WinField Product Development Center and Spray Analysis System.

The new facility will enhance WinField United's $50 million annual research commitment to helping farmers grow food more sustainably and productively as they work to feed a growing world population. This research will help farmers precisely and responsibly apply crop protection and nutrient products exactly where they're needed in the field.

"The WinField United Innovation Center further strengthens our research and development capabilities and our reputation as a leader in 21st-century agribusiness and innovation," said Land O'Lakes CEO Chris Policinski, which is WinField United's parent company. "The research and testing performed here will enable more targeted applications of crop protection products, which benefits both applicators and farmers. It also helps move the industry forward to achieve greater sustainability in land, water and air quality."

The increased space brings greater capacity to conduct product research on a variety of agricultural products including adjuvants, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, plant nutrition and performance solutions, and seed treatments.

The group uses state-of-the art technology, including a wind tunnel, to evaluate the entire application process, including crop protection and adjuvant formulations, tank mixes, nozzle performance, spray characterization, drift and droplet deposition, and plant uptake. Testing is performed in the laboratory, and in both controlled and in-field environments. In the wind tunnel, spray application variables are tested using non-invasive diagnostic approaches to precisely measure droplet size and velocity.

The center has a 27-year partnership with the UW-River Falls. It has hired interns and full-time employees from the university over the years and conducted a variety of research and field trials on university land.

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