2010 Soil, Water & Nutrient Management Meetings scheduled

The Department of Soil Science, in conjunction with University of Wisconsin-Cooperative Extension will host eight Soil, Water, & Nutrient Management Meetings around the state, starting November 30 through December 9.  The purpose of these meetings is to provide research updates in the field of soil fertility, nutrient management, soil and water conservation, and water quality.

Discussion topics will include research updates on nitrogen recommendations for corn, soil sampling and soil test K interpretations, uses for flue-gas desulfurization (FGD) gypsum, what we know and don’t know about growing biofuels in Wisconsin, improvements to nutrient management and conservation planning and a new approach to removing sediment and P loss from cropland. In addition, a statewide soil test summary (2005-2009) will be presented along with a statewide manure analysis summary. An overview of municipal and industrial waste land application rules, and limitations of plant analysis and stalk nitrate testing will be presented.

Speakers include and Matt Ruark, Dick Wolkowski, Carrie Laboski, John Peters, and Fred Madison from UW-Madison Department of Soil Science as well as Sue Porter from Wis. DATCP.

The following CEU=s for Certified Crop Advisers have been requested:  2 CEUs in soil & water management and 2 CEUs in nutrient management.

Each meeting will begin at 10:00 am and end at 3:00 pm, with the exception of the Fitchburg meeting that will be from 9 am to 2 pm. A $35.00 registration fee (which includes lunch) will be charged for the meeting.  Noon meal reservations should be made with the host agent.  The information packet will contain PowerPoint summaries of talks and other useful reference materials.

Organizers request participants to pre-register with the host agent at least 1 week before the meeting they wish to attend.

The schedule for the 2010 Soil, Water, & Nutrient Management Meetings is:

  • Nov. 30, Fitchburg, contact David Fischer, 608-224-3716
  • Dec. 1, Sparta, contact Bill Halfman, 608-269-8722
  • Dec. 2, Eau Claire, contact Mahlon Peterson, 715-839-4712
  • Dec. 3, Marshfield, contact Don Genrich, 608-339-4237
  • Dec. 6, Juneau, contact Matt Hanson, 920-386-3790
  • Dec. 7, Kiel, contact Mike Ballweg, 920-459-5904
  • Dec. 8, Shawano, contact Katie Behnke, 715-526-6136
  • Dec. 9, Dodgeville, contact Gene Schrie

For more:   Matt Ruark,, 608-263-2889