If you’re partial to the rolling hills of Wisconsin’s Driftless Area, you’ll enjoy a visit to the CALS Lancaster Agricultural Research Station. Located in Grant County, the station’s hill-and-valley terrain is typical of southwest Wisconsin. The station’s soil and topography are representative of roughly 40 million acres in the Upper Mississippi Valley. The station’s research emphasis is on environmentally sound agricultural systems appropriate for producers on un-glaciated soils in the upper Midwest. This includes soil and water conservation, field crop production and management, beef cattle feeding, management, breeding and reproduction, rotational grazing and pasture management, crop rotations, and integrated agricultural systems.
You’re invited to take a drive to Lancaster to see for yourself. In the meantime, you can get a taste of the station from these photos by Sevie Kenyon, and by listening to Sevie’s interview with station superintendent Arin Crooks.