The agricultural research station field days return for the 2021 season

After taking a hiatus in 2020 due to the covid-19 pandemic, UW-Madison’s Agricultural Research Stations will once again host public field days during the 2021 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 the field days this season. Events are free, unless otherwise specified.

For more information on a particular event, please contact the host station.

Stations will make a reasonable effort to provide accommodations for participants with disabilities when notified in advance. To request accommodation for people with disabilities, please contact [email protected] or call (608) 846-3750 ext. 3 at least 10 days before the event. Efforts will be made to respond to same day requests to the extent possible.

Wisconsin Turfgrass Association Summer Country Day – Verona
July 20, 2021, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
OJ Noer Turfgrass Research and Education Center, 2502 Highway M, Verona, WI
This field day, hosted by the Wisconsin Turfgrass Association and the resort, offers morning sessions on general turf management and lawn care. After a lunch break, the focus is on the management of the golf courses. Registration costs $ 45.

Potato Research Day – Hancock
July 21, 2021, 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 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 testing; field experiments in disease, insect and weed control; and research on crop storage.

Garden tour – Hancock
August 7, 2021, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Hancock Agricultural Research Station, N3909 County Road V, Hancock, WI
This open house in the garden is a family event, offering tours of the resort’s little stream, the vegetable patch and many other additions. There will be activities for the kids including an alphabet adventure and bingo.

Sick, Rotten and Dangerous: When Good Trees Go Wrong – Woodruff
23 August 2021, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Kemp Natural Resources Station, 9161 Kemp Road, Woodruff, WI
Landowners have a legal “duty to protect” trees on their properties, including a responsibility to obtain expert assistance where necessary. In this workshop, participants will learn how trained arborists assess tree risks by estimating the probability of tree failure and impact, as well as the consequences for property and people. For more information visit https://kemp.wisc.edu/outreach/ or contact [email protected]

UW Organic Research Day – Arlington
August 24, 2021, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Arlington Agricultural Research Station, N695 Hopkins Road, Arlington, WI
This field day will highlight organic research being conducted at UW-Madison, as well as information on best practices for organic production. Lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is required. To register, send an email to [email protected]

UW Agronomy and Soils Field Day – Arlington
August 25, 2021, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Arlington Agricultural Research Station, N695 Hopkins Road, Arlington, WI
This field day will include field visits and updates from UW fertility and soil management research; pest control; Kernza® production and other grain production systems; and many other subjects. Please register before August 15 at https://go.wisc.edu/a32g16 or call (608) 262-0485. More info on: https://go.wisc.edu/agronomysoilsfd.

Vineyard Walk – Verona
September 2, 2021, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
West Madison Agricultural Research Station, 8502 Mineral Point Road, Verona, WI
Participants will walk through the resort’s vineyards with experts from UW-Madison and learn about cold-hardy table grapes, the Petite Pearl grape, disease resistance assessments, insect monitoring efforts, and the general management of the vineyard.

Mushroom Festival – Woodruff
September 11, 2021, time to be determined
Kemp Natural Resources Station, 9161 Kemp Road, Woodruff, WI
At this festival, attendees can join a morning foray to pick mushrooms in the forest at Kemp Station. After a break to enjoy self-brought lunches, the festivities resume with learning stations made up of mushroom experts who will share information and more details on identifications and other mushroom related topics. For more information visit https://kemp.wisc.edu/outreach/ or contact [email protected]

Lana T. Arthur