UW-Madison will help make a few thumbs greener this summer, during open houses where experts will present the latest advances on agricultural topics such as turfgrass, vineyards, cows and bats.
The UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences will host “field days,” open to the public, at its various state Agricultural Research Stations. Events are free, unless otherwise noted. Among the state field days are:
Wisconsin Turfgrass Association Summer Field Day, Verona
The Wisconsin Turfgrass Association will help host sessions on general turfgrass management, lawn care and golf turf management on July 28 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2502 Highway M in Verona. Registration costs $25.
Grape Field Day, Verona
Walk through vineyards with UW experts and listen to presentations about cold-hardy grapes, disease resistance, insect monitoring and vineyard management on July 29, from 4 to 6 p.m. at 8502 Mineral Point Road in Verona.
Wisconsin’s Bats, Woodruff
Visit a bat monitoring station and learn more about white noise syndrome on Aug. 7, 7 p.m. at 9161 Kemp Road in Woodruff.
Urban Horticulture Day, Verona
Tour a vineyard, vegetable garden and extensive flowerbeds with more than 300 varieties of flowers.
There will also be an organic vegetable taste test, pollinator exhibits, an activity booklet for kids and UW experts on hand to answer questions. The event takes place Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 8502 Mineral Point Road in Verona.
Twilight Garden Tour, Spooner
Check out landscape designs with geometric shapes as part of the All-America Selections Landscape Design Contest. The event takes place on Aug. 18 from 4 p.m. until dusk at W6646 Hwy. 70 in Spooner.
UW Agronomy and Soils Field Day, Arlington
Tour the research station and attend presentations about pest management, grain and forage production and organic crop systems on Aug. 19 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at N695 Hopkins Road in Arlington. Lunch can be purchased for $5.
UW Organic Field Day, Arlington
Tour over 70 acres of certified organic land and view presentations about vegetable variety trials, pastures, cropping systems and cover crops, with a special emphasis on no-till systems on Sept. 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at N695 Hopkins Road in Arlington. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org; lunch will be available for $10.
UW Organic Vegetable Field Day, Verona
Scientists will present their findings on vegetable variety trials for organic systems, including tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, sweet corn, beets, peppers, squash, cabbage and kale. The event will feature a tour of certified organic land and a vegetable taste test. It takes place Sept. 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. at 8502 Mineral Point Road in Verona.
[Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect a correction. In the original, the wrong date was listed for the Grape Field Day vineyard walk in Verona. The walk is on July 29.]