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UW Organic Field Day to be Held August 23
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 08/10/2018

The University of Wisconsin-Madison's organic agriculture research program will be holding a special Organic Agriculture Field Day on August 23. The program will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Arlington Agricultural Research Station.

The event will feature presentations on research investigating the use of different equipment to terminate cover crops--including new roller-crimper technology--and modifications of existing equipment to make planting in high-residue situations more effective.

"We've been researching cover crop-based organic no-till at the Arlington station since 2008, but we're increasingly trying new approaches to expand options for organic farmers," says event organizer Erin Silva, UW-Madison assistant professor of plant pathology and UW-Extension organic production systems specialist. "New equipment options and new crop varieties open up new possibilities that did not exist even just a couple of years ago."

Researchers will also give updates on organic no-till soybeans using a variety of cover crops and planting dates, and Kernza. There will also be a listening session at the end of the day where farmers can give input on research priorities.

All of the research projects featured during the field day are being conducted at Arlington station, which has more than 70 acres of certified organic land, or on working organic farms with input from organic producers.

For more information or to sign-up, call 608-890-1503.

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