A series of field days will be held on farms around the state to help farmers understand how cropping systems and management affect the quality of their soil and the environment.
Soils are dynamic communities that are the products of a variety of factors. Some of these are inherent to the way the soils formed, and some are the result of our management. These field days are designed to help people understand some of the characteristics of soils such as water infiltration and aeration, bulk density/compaction, soil structure and aggregate stability, and biological activity. There will also be a discussion about the living organisms in soils and how they interact with organic matter supplies, tillage, and cropping systems to affect crop yields and environmental quality.
Each field day will start with a short classroom session to cover background information, followed by lunch. Afterwards, participants will visit some sites in the field to learn how to actually measure soil quality and to see some examples of how differences in management affect soil quality characteristics.
Soil Quality Field Days are scheduled at several locations in Wisconsin representing a variety of soils and farming systems. The schedule at all locations is the same, with registration at 9:30 a.m. and the field day running from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
*Wednesday, Sept. 17, Prairie du Sac (Sauk/Columbia Counties)
* Monday, Sept. 22, Ashland (Ashland/ Bayfield Counties)
*Tuesday, Sept. 23, Phillips (Price County)
University of Wisconsin-Extension and the Wisconsin Soil Quality Team are sponsoring these Soil Quality Field Days. Pre-registration is required with the host agent one week in advance of the field day you'd
like to attend. The registration fee varies by location and includes lunch and program materials. Please contact the following field day coordinators to receive a brochure and registration form:
Sauk/Columbia Counties: Denise Brusveen, Sauk County UW-Extension at 608-355-3250 or Randy Zogbaum, Columbia County UW-Extension at 608-742-9688.
Ashland County: Jason Fischbach, Ashland and Bayfield County UW-Extension at 715-672-5214.
Price County: Mark Kopecky, Price County UW-Extension at 715-339-2555.