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West Madison ARS to host horticulture field day, vineyard walk

18314744769_c85d908254_zMembers of the UW-Madison campus community – as well as the general public – are invited to attend two upcoming field days at the university’s West Madison Agricultural Research Station. Both events are free. Details are below.

West Madison ARS Open House/Horticulture Field Day
August 20, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
At this family-friendly field day, visitors can tour the station’s vineyard, vegetable garden and extensive flowerbeds, and participate in a taste evaluation of tomatoes, peppers and other station-grown produce. More than 350 cultivars of annual flowers and vegetables will be on display, as well as 50 perennial ornamental plants. UW-Madison and UW-Extension experts will be on hand to share information and answer questions about pollinators and beneficial insects, insect pests, plant diseases, turfgrass, ways to extend the growing season for vegetables, and general gardening.

Vineyard Walk
September 7, 2016, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Attendees will take a walk through the station’s vineyards with UW-Madison experts. Presentations will cover the performance of cold-hardy table grapes, disease resistance evaluations, insect monitoring efforts, and general vineyard management. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a taste evaluation of seedless table grapes.

West Madison Agricultural Research Station is located at 8502 Mineral Point Road, Verona, Wisconsin.

For more information, contact Janet Hedtcke at janet.hedtck@wisc.edu or (608) 262-2257.

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