OGRAIN Field Events

It seems as though we went straight from winter to summer here in Illinois! As soon as the last of the April snows melted, it warmed up in a hurry. Never thought I’d be typing “April” and “snow” in the same sentence, but stranger things have happened I guess.

As we wrap up with plant ’18, we’re full speed ahead. Looking forward to seeing how this year’s crop is shaping up and of course we’re excited for summer field days. Speaking of field days, here are some hosted by OGRAIN:

  • July 12Small Grains, Modest Grains: A Pragmatic Approach to Profitability and Sustainability
    • Hughes Farms, 4031 S. US Why 51, Janesville, WI. 53546
    • 8:30am-3:30pm

This field day will highlight the diversity and innovations at the Hughes Farm in Janesville. Farming over 5000 acres in a parallel operation consisting of both conventional and organic practices, the Hughes have succeeded in developing diverse rotations and markets. This field day, in partnership with Practical Farms of Iowa, MOSES, and the Organic Seed Alliance will discuss and showcase cover crops for green manures, weed control, soil erosion reduction, and water quality improvements; tips for trailing varieties for performance under organic management; and basics of transition to organic certification.  If you’re in the business of oats, barley, wheat, rye, and triticale, you may benefit from the buyers and sellers lunch. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss contracting, grain quality specifications, pricing and other important small grain information. RSVP to Debra Boekholder debra@practicalfarmers.org by June 18.

  • July 16Mechanical Weed Management Field Clinic
    • University of Wisconsin Arlington Agricultural Research Station, N695 Hopkins Rd., Arlington, WI. 53911
    • 10:00am-3:00pm

This field-based summer clinic, hosted by the UW Arlington Research Station, will demonstrate several weed management tools, including tine-weeders, rotary hoes, row cultivators, and roller/crimping equipment. They will be late-planting corn and soybeans, allowing them to take the equipment in the field and demonstrate set-up and field operations. Experts will be on-hand to discuss best weed management strategies for different crop stages and field conditions. To register of a meal, please RSVP to Jody Padgham padgham@wisc.edu by July 11.

  • July 31 – Integrating Cereal Grains into an Organic Dairy Rotation
    • Wilson Family Dairy Farm, Cuba City, WI. 53807
    • 9:00am-2:30pm

This field day will be hosted by the Wilson Family Farm, who milk 400 cows on 2,900 organic acres. Farming organically since 1996, the Wilson’s emphasize soil health, and the connection between soil health, plant health, and healthy people and animals. This field day will discuss and demonstrate the integration of rolled-crimped rye into their soybean crop (which the Wilson’s have done for almost a decade), soil health gains on the farm, and the integration of cereal grains into a dairy rotation as both quality feed for the herd and off-farm sales. This field day is co-hosted with MOSES and Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative.

  • August 23UW Organic Agriculture Research Field Day
    • N695 Hopkins Rd, Arlington, WI. 53911
    • 1:00pm-4:00pm

This field day will highlight research conducted on the certified organic land at the UW Arlington Research Station. Research highlighted will include equipment modifications for rolling/crimping rye, interseeding cover crops into corn, interseeding soybeans into spring seeded cereal rye, and cover crop strategies to reduce tillage in organic corn production.

  • August 29Diversifying Organic Grain Rotations with Alternative Crops
    • Lily Lake Organic Farm, 4N852 Wooley Rd., Maple Park, IL. 60151
    • 1:00pm-5:00pm

The focus of this field day, hosted by Lily Lake Organic Farm, will be on growing dual-purpose buckwheat as a cash crop and as a cover crop. Buckwheat increases soil health and reduced the need for tillage, and can be profitable as a cash crop. In addition, learn about another cover crop superstar: sorghum sudangrass. This cover crop is invaluable in controlling Canada thistle and a great soil builder as well. Various pieces of equipment for controlling weeds in grain crops will be on display. We will discuss the use and effectiveness of each tool. This field day is co-sponsored with MOSES and the IDEA Network.

For more information on any of these events, contact Erin Silva, emsilva@wisc.edu or 608-890-1503.

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