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Discovery Farms 2015 Conference

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9:00 a.m. Registration

9:30 a.m. Agriculture and Water Quality: The Midwest Picture
Adam Birr, Executive Director, Minnesota Corn Growers Association
Dr. Birr will start the day off by providing an overview of the current state of agricultural research and water quality. What can examples teach us? What does the future of water quality and agriculture look like in the Midwest? In addition to answering these questions, Dr. Birr will share his thoughts on how farmers can be proactive and position themselves to take the lead on these discussions.

10:15 a.m. Manure and No-Till: Have we Figured Out Phosphorus?
Dr. Clinton Church, Chemist, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Northeast Region
What if you could remove 99% of your manure’s phosphorus? What if manure had 400 times more nitrogen than phosphorus? Dr. Church is developing manure filtration and phosphorus removal technologies that have the potential to do just that. Listen as he describes this developing technology and its future. Is it true that no-till doesn’t eliminate phosphorus losses? Dr. Church will identify the steps you can take to fine tune your system to minimize phosphorus loss without increasing soil loss. As someone working in the heart of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, he knows firsthand the importance of nutrient and sediment management on agricultural lands.

11:00 a.m. Break

11:15 a.m. Farmer Panel: Advanced Manure Application Strategies
Manure is the most valuable and often most challenging resource at a livestock producer’s disposal. There are a variety of strategies used to manage manure, but what works best for your system? Listen as a panel of innovative Wisconsin farmers describe their application strategies. Strategies covered will include: no-till manure incorporation, manure incorporation toolbars that work, and cover crops with incorporation. Hear about their successes and challenges, get your questions answered, and take home the information necessary to evaluate your system!

12:15 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. Understanding Products that Work in Nitrogen Management
Jason Cavadini, Agronomist & Assistant Superintendent, Marshfield Agricultural Research Station
Mr. Cavadini can see the value in getting farmers together to share ideas, check out management practices, and provide feedback through experiences. He has assembled a group of farmers who are evaluating how to use no-till and cover crops in the challenging cool, wet soils of North Central Wisconsin. As the cropland manager on the University of Wisconsin Marshfield Agricultural Research Station, he knows the pros and cons of no-till and cover crops on 1,100 acres and 65 field research trials. He will discuss yield results, soil productivity, economics, and real in-field observations. You are sure to take home plenty of tips to make it work on your farm!

1:45 p.m. Three Keys to Controlling Nutrient Loss on Your Farm. Tools that Work.
Amber Radatz, Co-Director, University of Wisconsin Discovery Farms Program
We are bombarded with information about water quality and conservation, but what will really work for you? With so much to do and your bottom line to keep in mind it can be hard to know what to prioritize. Ms. Radatz understands this challenge and knows firsthand that there is no one-size-fits-all recommendation. The Discovery Farms Program has discovered a lot from studying the interaction of nutrient loss and field management on private farms for the past fourteen years. This robust dataset of Wisconsin specific information has brought to light some interesting conclusions. Listen as she offers three practical ways to keep your nutrients and sediment where they are most valuable, on your land.

2:15 p.m. Break

2:30 p.m. Panel Discussion: Nitrogen Management Tips and Tricks
The goal of Discovery Farms’ Nitrogen Use Efficiency project is to create a deeper understanding of nitrogen dynamics, for the benefit of your bottom line and state water resources. Participating farmers will describe what they have learned and what measurements they have valued most from their first year in the project. They will talk about what practices they are currently using and what they are considering for the future in order to increase on-farm nitrogen use efficiency.

3:30 p.m. End of Conference

Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Time: 9:00AM
End Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2015 3:30PM
Format: In-person
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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Cost: free course
Partners: none
Registration Deadline: Monday, November 30, 2015
CEUs Available: Yes
For: none
Course Topics: Water Management
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