Learn the latest in agronomic research — including research on industrial hemp — being conducted by UW-Madison researchers at the 2019 Agronomy and Soils Field Day, hosted by UW-Madison Departments of Agronomy and Soil Science on Aug. 28 at the Arlington Agricultural Research Station.

Morning field tours will emphasize soil, crop and pest management practices that promote soil health, improve farm profitability and enhance environmental quality. A lunch time presentation will focus on navigating today’s dairy industry.

An afternoon session will focus on industrial hemp, including a tour of the UW industrial hemp research plots, where researchers 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 research will also be provided.

UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences researchers and Division of Extension specialists will host field tours that depart from the Public Events Facility at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Tour topics are soil fertility and management, grain-production systems, and pest management.

The field day runs from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. The event will be held rain or shine. The Public Events Building at the Arlington Ag Research Station is located at N695 Hopkins Road, Arlington. Watch for signs on Highway 51 about five miles south of Arlington. GPS coordinates: 43.300467, -89.345534.

Chippewa County event set

The Chippewa County Division of Extension UW-Madison office will be hosting an industrial hemp field meeting Aug. 20 at the Chippewa County Field Plots from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

The field meeting will focus on industrial hemp agronomic and production practices related to producing industrial hemp for seed and fiber. Replicated research plots include seeding rates, nitrogen rate applications, and variety trials. A discussion of production for CBD oil is also planned.

Speakers at the event include Haleigh Ortmeier-Clarke, UW-Madison Department of Agronomy research assistant; Extension agents Carl Duley of Buffalo County and Jerry Clark of Chippewa County; and Alissa Maier, Buffalo/Chippewa County summer intern.

The field is located east of the intersection of County Highway I and Seymour Cray Boulevard, with the entrance to the field on Beach Drive. Field entrance coordinates are 44.951420, -91.348373.

For more information, contact the Chippewa County Extension Office at 715-726-7950.