LENA, Wis. — Soybean producers face exceptionally tight margins, creating the constant need for increasing efficiency and return on input investment. Three of the main types of input investment are the focus of a soy management field day being held in the Town of Little River, northwest of Lena, on Tuesday, July 31st.
The event is sponsored by Marinette & Oconto County UW-Extension, with support from the UW Nutrient & Pest Management Program. It will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude around noon. There is no fee for attending the program, with reference materials and snacks on hand for all attendees.
The focus of the day will be the soybean plant population trial found at the site, with planted populations ranging from 69,000 to 285,000 seeds per acre. Plant population affects many different aspects of yield potential, as well as pest management, and finding the right rate for different soils is part of why producer host Aaron Behnke was interested in being involved in this trial. A corollary site elsewhere in Oconto County will be hosting a season end event, and overall data will be available to any interested producers.
UW-Extension Crops Agent Scott Reuss and NPM Outreach Specialist Jamie Patton will lead attendees through the following set of topics at the event: Trial tour to showcase growth patterns at the different planting rates; Planting rate changes and when we should consider them; Soy nutrient needs; Pest Scouting & Identification; Plus whatever questions are asked by attending producers.
The event is being held at the trial site in the Town of Little River, on Ira Lane, just off Cty. Hwy. J, either 3 miles north of Oconto Cty. Hwy. A, or 3.5 miles south of Marinette Cty. Hwy. M. Signs will be located on the roadways to assist, with parking on Ira Lane, as it is a dead end road. The field is just over 0.1 miles from Hwy. J.
All persons are welcome to attend this free seminar. If you have questions about this event or need any type of accommodation to attend the event, please contact Reuss at the UW-Extension office, 715-732-7510 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org More information is also available at the Marinette County UW-Extension website.
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