Thank you to everyone who made our August 16 Ag Innovation Day a success!
We welcomed more than 100 guests to the annual Ag Innovation Field Day event. New this year, the Ag Innovation Day was open to farmers, agribusinesses and the general public from across the state. In year’s past, the event was designated for farmers in the Yahara Watershed, but organizer’s wanted to expand the reach of the programs and practices that are applicable to a wide audience.
The day kicked off with lunch, followed by several hours of field demonstrations. Manure was a central topic of the day and attendees had the chance to see dragline and tanker methods of applying manure using Low Disturbance Manure Injection techniques. The group had the opportunity to tour the newly built manure composting facility at Endres Berryridge Farms and learn the science behind the process and the equipment needed to successfully compost manure. Attendees also had the chance to see finished compost applied to a field. The final stop included a detailed cover crop planting demonstration where attendees had the chance to see eight different pieces of equipment plant a Barley-Pea mix on a recently harvested wheat field.
A special thank you to our sponsors:
Professional Dairy Producers Foundation
National Wildlife Federation – Cover Crop Champions
Field Site Sponsors
Carl F Statz and Sons Inc.
Fields Silo and Equipment
Kalscheur Implement Co. Inc.
Markley Enterprises LLC
Morton Buildings, Inc.
MSA Professional Services Inc.
Dairy Business Milk Marketing Cooperative
Foremost Farms USA
Partners In Pride
Clean Lakes Alliance
Dairy Business Association
IM Kahling Auctions
Middleton Community Bank
National fish and Wildlife Foundation
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Wisconsin Soybean Association
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, & Consumer Protection
Special thanks to the following farmers who donated fields for the event
Blue Star Dairy
Endres BerryRidge Farms
Yahara Pride Farms (YPF), is a 501(c)(3), farmer-led, not-for-profit organization working to improve soil and water quality. We strive to help advance new ideas and technology that balance water quality improvement with farm sustainability and profitability.