Waupaca County UW-Extension in conjunction with the Waupaca County Forage Council will host a Fall Field on Wednesday, October 10th originally scheduled to take place at Dan and Ruth Boerst’s farm just west of Manawa (E5663 Yohr Road, Manawa) – WILL NOW BE HELD AT BEAR LAKE RESORT (N4715 STATE ROAD 22 & 110). The program starts in the field at 10:30 AM with a brief update from Extension Agriculture Agent, Greg Blonde on the spread of waterhemp in the county, including a free pocket Waterhemp / Palmer Amaranth ID card for participants to help distinguish from other pigweeds species on their farm. Local LWCD and FSA staff will also be on hand with updates on the recently revised Waupaca County Manure Management Ordinance and what it might mean for local winter spreading, as well as FSA’s new Market Facilitation Payment Program to help offset negative impacts from trade disputes.
Several field research and demonstration plots will also be highlighted as part of the field day, including “adaptive” nitrogen management rates for corn with Dr. Carrie Laboski, Extension Soil Fertility Specialist at UW-Madison. Dan Smith, Nutrient and Pest Management Specialist at UW-Madison will also be on hand walk the field and talk about lessons learned from cover crop inter-seeding demonstrations with corn and beans.
Matt Akin, UW-Madison Extension Dairy Nutritionist from the Marshfield Ag Research Station will also be on hand to lead a field tour showing ten modern sorghum/sudan grass hybrids (some more than 15 feet tall) and share results from his multi-year research work looking for alternative low cost dairy heifer forage options.
After lunch (free Niemuths’ hot dogs!), host farmer Dan Boerst and Derrick Raspor, local NRCS technician, will discuss a new dairy heifer pasture demonstration project established on the Boerst farm earlier this summer, including fencing/water layout and design, the pasture seeding mix, as well as other fall pasture management practices.
Although there is no charge and anyone is welcome, those planning to attend are encouraged to call or email the Waupaca County UW-Extension in advance (715-258-6231 or email@example.com) to ensure enough food and material are available. The Waupaca County Forage Council is an affiliate of the Midwest Forage Association.