Managing crops after drought on the agenda for Aug. 29 Agronomy/Soils field day

While recent rains have brought some relief to drought stricken farmers, questions remain about the impact of drought on fields and crops. Experts will discuss this and other current crops and soils research at the Agronomy/Soils Field Day Wednesday, August 29 at UW-Madison’s Arlington Agricultural Research Station.

Nitrogen management after drought and managing alfalfa in drought are two topics that will be addressed during tours hosted by CALS researchers and Extension specialists. Topic-specific tours will depart the Public Events Facility at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

  • A soil science tour will include a discussion of nitrogen management after a drought; cover crops, rooting depth and soil building; issues and prevention of soil compaction; and implementing no-till through the use of cover crops.
  • A corn, soybean and wheat tour will look at rotation and management impact on Fusarium species; current research for finding and mitigating glyphosate resistance in Wisconsin corn and soybeans; maximizing corn yield; and when nematodes become a problem in corn.
  • A forages tour will include presentations on the benefits and costs of Roundup Ready alfalfa establishment system; status of new races of Aphanomyces root rot alfalfa; and managing alfalfa in drought.

Lunch will available on the site for a nominal fee. During lunch, CALS Dean Kate VandenBosch will provide “An Update from CALS.”

The Arlington station is located on Hwy. 51, about 5 miles south of Arlington and 15 miles north of Madison. Watch for field day signs. For more information contact the UW-Madison Department of Agronomy at (608) 262-1390 or the Department of Soil Science (608) 262-0485.

In the event of rain, presentations will be held inside. The event is sponsored by CALS and UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension].

For more information, contact Carrie Laboski, 608-263-2795,