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Topics of UW Ag Research Station Field Days Announced
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 06/20/2019

More than a dozen field days will be held again this year at the various University of Wisconsin-Madison Agricultural Research Station locations.

The events are designed to share research updates and educational information with agricultural professionals, home gardeners and other interested individuals.

Dates, locations and topics include:

** July 18: Potato Research Field Day, Hancock - 8:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This field day features updates of interest to the state's potato industry on variety trials; disease, insect and weed management field experiments; and crop storage research.

** July 23: Wisconsin Turfgrass Association Summer Field Day, Verona - 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This field day, organized by the Wisconsin Turfgrass Association and the station, features morning sessions on general turfgrass management and lawn care. After a lunch break, the focus shifts to golf turf management.

** July 26-27: Wisconsin Insect Festival, Woodruff - This festival is an opportunity to learn about and celebrate the diversity of Wisconsin's insects and other arthropods. Activities begin Friday evening and continue through Saturday. A main focus will be The Great Wisconsin Bug Hunt on Saturday.

** August 13: Twilight Garden Tour, Spooner - 4:00 p.m. to dusk. This popular event sponsored by the station, UW-Extension and the North Country Master Gardener Volunteer Association features guest speakers, demonstrations, displays and vegetable tastings. UW specialists and local experts will be on hand to answer gardening questions.

** August 17: Horticulture Open House, Verona - 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. At this family-friendly field day, visitors are welcome to tour the station's extensive flowerbeds, where more than 300 cultivars of annual and perennial flowers will be on display. Visitors can also explore the vineyard and vegetable garden, and there will be various fresh-picked vegetables to sample.

** August 22: UW Organic Vegetable Variety Research Showcase, Verona - 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. At this field day, scientists will share the results of vegetable variety trials for organic systems, including tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, sweet corn, beets, peppers, squash and melons. Attendees will be able to tour the station's 10+ acres of certified organic land and participate in a vegetable flavor evaluation.

** August 23-24: All Things Fungi Festival, Woodruff - This festival features a variety of fungi-focused activities and sessions, including beginner-level mushroom identification, fungi collection outings, and much more. Activities begin Friday evening and continue through Saturday.

** August 28: UW Agronomy and Soils Field Day, Arlington - 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The morning portion of this field day will feature field plot tours and UW research updates on soil fertility and management; pest management; and grain production systems. The afternoon will focus on industrial hemp, including a tour of the UW industrial hemp research plots, where researcher will share field observations and showcase organic weed management, conventional fertility and variety trial studies focused on fiber and grain production.

** August 29: UW Organic Agriculture Research Field Day, Arlington - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This field day will highlight organic research conducted at UW-Madison, including optimizing equipment and production practices for organic no-till production; interseeding cover crops into corn, soybeans and cereal grains; the impact of organic management on soil microbial communities; and weed management for organic hemp production for grain.

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