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UW-Hancock Ag Research Station to Celebrate 100 Years in July
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 06/30/2016

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Hancock Agricultural Research Station will celebrate its 100th anniversary next month. The public is invited to attend a special event on July 28, which include presentations on the program's history, accomplishments and partnerships in the morning and late afternoon, as well as field day research talks during the afternoon. All events are free, and a complimentary lunch meal and dinner meal will be provided.

When it opened in 1916, the Hancock station became the university's fourth UW experimental farm. Establishing the center was part of a university effort to create a network of research farms located on representative soil types that are materially different than that which obtains at the central station in Madison.

"The people around Hancock saw a value in connecting with the university and trying to bring soil fertility and soil conservation research to this area," says station superintendent Felix Navarro, who helped plan the centennial festivities.

Shortly after the station opened, staff began planting shelter belts, long rows of tall conifers designed to block the wind and prevent soil erosion. At the same time, researchers studied ways to build soil fertility.

Today the operation has 412 acres and provides support to around 30 university research groups investigating best practices for growing potatoes, snap beans, sweet corn, beets, carrots, onions and other specialty crops.

For more information about the Hancock Ag Research Station centennial celebration, call 715-249-5961.

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