A field day “Corn and Nitrogen: Increasing Profitability and Improving the Environment” will be held September 20, 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. at Weiss Family Farms, W4230 County Road R, Durand. The program will focus on results of field trials testing nitrogen (N) use efficiency of corn, and on corn varieties being breed to be more nitrogen efficient. Following presentations at the farm’s conference room, there will be a field visit to the N-efficient corn variety trial for further discussion. The event will be held rain or shine.
Kevan Klingberg of the University of Wisconsin Discovery Farms will present data on the nitrogen use efficiency trials being conducted at eight (8) farms in Pepin County. Kevan has been involved in trials across Wisconsin over the past several years, and will bring a wealth of knowledge on nitrogen use in corn.
Our other guest speaker, Walter Goldstein of the Mandaamin Institute, has been breeding corn for over 25 years. His focus has been on isolating and developing corn varieties that have natural nitrogen efficient properties. He will share the science behind his work and his most recent results.
Nitrogen is a cornerstone nutrient of corn production. It has also become increasingly significant as a groundwater and surface water contaminant in Pepin County. Finding management solutions that eliminate nitrogen as a pollutant is key to agricultural and environmental sustainability. For more information about this field day, contact the Pepin County UW-Extension Office at 715-672-5214.