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UW–Madison Agricultural Research Station field days for 2019 season

Each year, UW–Madison’s Agricultural Research Stations host more than a dozen public field days throughout the growing season to share research updates and educational information with agricultural professionals, home gardeners and other interested citizens. Below is a list of some of this season’s field days. Events are free unless noted otherwise.

For more information about a particular event, please contact the host station. Station contact information can be found at http://ars.wisc.edu/.

Stations will make a reasonable effort to provide accommodations for participants with disabilities when notified in advance. To request a disability accommodation, please contact ars_accommodation@cals.wisc.edu or call (608) 846-3750 ext. 3 at least 10 days in advance of the event. Efforts will be made to meet same-day requests to the extent possible.

Potato Research Field Day – Hancock
July 18, 2019, 8:45 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Hancock Agricultural Research Station, N3909 County Road V, Hancock, WI
This field day features updates of interest to the state’s potato industry on variety trials; disease, insect and weed management field experiments; and crop storage research.

Vineyard Walk – Sturgeon Bay
July 18, 2019, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Peninsular Agricultural Research Station, 4312 Hwy 42 N, SturgeonBay, WI
This vineyard walk will focus on diseases found in vineyards. Please RSVP by July 16 to (920) 746-2260.

Wisconsin Turfgrass Association Summer Field Day – Verona
July 23, 2019, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
O.J. Noer Turfgrass Research and Education Facility, 2502 Highway M, Verona, WI
This field day, organized by the Wisconsin Turfgrass Association and the station, features morning sessions on general turfgrass management and lawn care. After a lunch break, the focus shifts to golf turf management. Registration costs $45. More info: https://wisconsinturfgrassassociation.org/wisconsin-turfgrass-summer-field-day/.

Wisconsin Insect Festival – Woodruff
July 26-27, 2019
Kemp Natural Resources Station, 9161 Kemp Road, Woodruff, WI
This festival is an opportunity to learn about and celebrate the diversity of Wisconsin’s insects and other arthropods. Activities begin Friday evening and continue through Saturday. A main focus will be The Great Wisconsin Bug Hunt on Saturday. For more information, visit https://kemp.wisc.edu/outreach/ or contact kemp@cals.wisc.edu.

Twilight Garden Tour – Spooner
August 13, 2019, 4:00 p.m. – dusk
Spooner Agricultural Research Station, 780 Orchard Lane, Spooner, WI
This popular event sponsored by the station, UW–Extension and the North Country Master Gardener Volunteer Association features guest speakers, demonstrations, displays and vegetable tastings. UW specialists and local experts will be on hand to answer gardening questions. More info: https://wimastergardener.org/events/twilight-garden-tour/.

Horticulture Open House – Verona
August 17, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
West Madison Agricultural Research Station, 8502 Mineral Point Rd, Verona, WI
At this family-friendly field day, visitors are welcome to tour the station’s extensive flowerbeds, where more than 300 cultivars of annual and perennial flowers will be on display. Visitors can also explore the vineyard and vegetable garden, and there will be various fresh-picked vegetables to sample. UW–Madison and UW–Extension experts will be on hand to answer questions.

UW Organic Vegetable Variety Research Showcase – Verona
August 22, 2019, 2:00 pm – 5:00 p.m.
West Madison Agricultural Research Station, 8502 Mineral Point Rd, Verona, WI
At this field day, scientists will share the results of vegetable variety trials for organic systems, including tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, sweet corn, beets, peppers, squash and melons. Attendees will be able to tour the station’s 10+ acres of certified organic land and participate in a vegetable flavor evaluation.

All Things Fungi Festival – Woodruff
August 23-24, 2019
Kemp Natural Resources Station, 9161 Kemp Road, Woodruff, WI
This festival features a variety of fungi-focused activities and sessions, including beginner-level mushroom identification, fungi collection outings, and much more. Activities begin Friday evening and continue through Saturday. For more information, visit https://kemp.wisc.edu/outreach/ or contact kemp@cals.wisc.edu.

UW Agronomy and Soils Field Day – Arlington
August 28, 2019, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Arlington Agricultural Research Station, N695 Hopkins Road, Arlington, WI
The morning portion of this field day will feature field plot tours and UW research updates on soil fertility and management; pest management; and grain production systems. The afternoon will focus on industrial hemp, including a tour of the UW industrial hemp research plots, where researcher will share field observations and showcase organic weed management, conventional fertility and variety trial studies focused on fiber and grain production. An update on cannabidiol (CBD) research will also be provided. Lunch will be available for $5. Please RSVP at https://go.wisc.edu/n4yrl5.

UW Organic Agriculture Research Field Day – Arlington
August 29, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Arlington Agricultural Research Station, N695 Hopkins Road, Arlington, WI
This field day will highlight organic research conducted at UW–Madison, including optimizing equipment and production practices for organic no-till production; interseeding cover crops into corn, soybeans and cereal grains; the impact of organic management on soil microbial communities; and weed management for organic hemp production for grain. A free lunch will be provided. Registration is requested by Aug. 26. RSVP to emsilva@wisc.edu. More info: https://ograin.cals.wisc.edu/events.

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