The annual Soil, Water, and Nutrient Management Meetings will be held December 2 through 11 at eight locations throughout the state. Current soil science research will be highlighted along with other topics of interest to agronomists, ag retailers, conservation professionals, and farmers.
Francisco Arriaga, Asst. Professor of Soil Science, will discuss using soil health concepts for management decisions along with understanding corn residue decomposition. Carrie Laboski, Professor of Soil Science, will provide an update on N sensors research for corn and wheat along with how to improve alfalfa productivity with S and K. Precision ag technologies for soil conservation and variable rate practices will be presented by Brian Luck, Asst. Professor of Biological Systems Engineering. Matt Ruark, Asst. Professor of Soil Science, will provide an update on cover crops research and understanding biological measures of soil health. Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection Nutrient Management Staff will give an agency update and Theresa Nelson, WI Department of Natural Resources, will discuss prioritizing water quality improvement efforts on agricultural lands using the Erosion Vulnerability Assessment for Ag Lands (EVAAL) tool.
Dates and locations for the program are given below.
12/02/14 – Madison – Dane Co. Extension office – Host: Jennifer Blazek, dane.uwex.edu
12/03/14 – Sparta – Jake’s Northwoods – Host: Bill Halfman, 608-269-8722
12/04/14 – Eau Claire – Clarion Hotel Conf. Center (NEW location) – Host: Mark Hagedorn, 715-839-4712
12/05/14 – Marshfield – Marshfield Ag Research Station – Host: Don Genrich/Lynn Dolata, 608-339-4237
12/08/14 – Juneau – Dodge Co. Administration Building – Host: Sheri Lotzer, 920-386-3791
12/09/14 – Kiel – Millhome Supper Club – Host: Mike Ballweg, 920-459-5904
12/10/14 – Cecil – The Main Event (NEW location) – Host: Jamie Patton, 715-526-6136
12/11/14 – Dodgeville – Iowa Co. Health & Human Services Bldg, Host: Gene Schriefer, 608-930-9850
Each meeting will begin at 10 am and end at 3 pm. The $40 registration fee includes lunch from noon to 1 pm and informational materials. A total of 4 CEUs for Certified Crop Advisors will be provided (2 CEUs in Soil & Water Management and 2 CEUs in Nutrient Management). Reservations should be made with the meeting host at least 1 week prior to the meeting you wish to attend. A detailed program flyer can be downloaded here: 2014-SWNM-Mtgs-flyer.