January 17, 2014
The Wisconsin winter meeting season is in full force. This is the time of year when farmers, their commodity production groups, agribusiness professionals, and agricultural educators gather for numerous update meetings. They participate in continuing education and professional development, become informed of new technology and management, and network with each other.
We participate in this process every year. One way to think of what we do within the UW-Discovery Farms Program is to divide the year up into two parts. Part one is when we do the on-farm research work. We maintain water sampling sites, collect water samples, interact with participating farmers, gather agronomic and field management information, and interact with USGS and others to compile water quality results. Part two is when we do the educational outreach work. We compile Program results into educational materials and offer training presentations to farmers, agribusiness professionals, policy makers and the public.
Be assured, there are more than two parts to our work; that is just a simplified way to describe that we are busy developing presentations and participating in numerous trainings at this time of year. A number of our staff and farmer participants are delivering relative topics at the following meetings:
January 14-16, 2014. Wisconsin Crop Management Conference; Madison, WI.
- Jan. 15 – Management practices and emerging technologies in tile drained landscapes to mitigate sediment and nutrient loss, presented by Eric Cooley, Discovery Farms Co-director.
- Jan. 15 – On-farm cover crop trials: clover, rye, and radish, presented by Matt Ruark, UW Soil Science.
- Jan. 16 – Discovery Farms: Documenting management in watersheds, presented by Amber Radatz, Discovery Farms Co-director.
January 20-22, 2014. Symposium ’14: Joint meeting of Midwest Forage Association, Wisconsin Custom Operators, and Professional Nutrient Applicators Association of Wisconsin; Wisconsin Dells, WI.
- Jan. 22 – Manure application lessons learned from Wisconsin Discovery Farms, presented by Kevan Klingberg, Discovery Farms Outreach Specialist.
February 6-7, 2014. Wisconsin Corn-Soy Expo; Wisconsin Dells, WI.
- Feb. 6 – Tillage & water quality: farmer experience, discussion by farmer panel including Joe Bragger, previous core farm participant.
February 19, 2014. PDPW ACE Regional Meeting; Madison, WI.
- Discovery Farms co-directors, Amber Radatz and Eric Cooley, present an “Environmental Update”.
- “Voice and Vision from the Farm”—Dairy producers Kevin Griswold, Taglane Dairy, Ixonia, and John Koepke, Koepke Farms, Oconomowoc. Koepke Farms was also a Discovery Farm special project participant.
Written by Kevan Klingberg, Outreach Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org