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Field day to demo manure system, live mulch

posted: July 31. 2017 09:16a CST

The Waupaca County Forage Council Summer Field Day, set for 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 9, will feature classroom-style presentations and field demonstrations of manure-injection systems for low soil disturbance and early research results for using alfalfa as a living mulch under corn in Wisconsin.

The event begins at Bear Lake Resort, N4715 Highway 22/‚Äč110, Manawa, with updates from staff of UW-Extension, Waupaca County Land and Water Conservation, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Farm Service Agency.

Dan Brick, owner of Brickstead Dairy Farms in Greenleaf, will explain new low-disturbance manure-injection equipment, and Mark Renz, Extension agronomy specialist at UW-Madison, will share early results of his research on live alfalfa and its use to reduce soil exposure while providing nitrogen to support growing corn.

The program and lunch are free for those who register in advance and $10 for non-registrants.

In the afternoon, the program will move to the Dan and Ruth Boerst farm, E5663 Yohr Road, Manawa, where representatives from Buttles Custom Ag Service and Tasch Custom Hauling will demonstrate Bazooka Farmstar and Curse Buster equipment for surface and subsurface manure application.

A soil pit will also be available featuring a side-by-side comparison of corn grown with alfalfa as living mulch versus traditional no-till corn into sprayed alfalfa.

To register or for more information, contact Waupaca County UW-Extension at 715-258-6231 or

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