Corn Hybrid Selection, Soil Health, and Nitrogen Management Field Day Upcoming

Many decisions need to be made as farms manage their corn crops.  Two of the more important decisions regarding profitability potential for an acre of corn are what hybrid to plant? and how much nitrogen to apply, and how should it be applied?  A field day featuring research plots that help answer both of these questions is being held north of Crivitz on Tuesday, October 26.

Properly managing nutrient inputs in farm fields impacts both profitability and the environment, with nitrogen being both the most costly annual need as well as the most likely to cause environmental issues by leaching into ground water.  Applying the correct amounts and types of nitrogen fertilizers at the right times during the crop’s growth maximizes profitability potential and minimizes opportunity for leaching.  One of the UW-Madison, Division of Extension conducted research plots in the area that addresses the question of nitrogen fertilization rate and timing is featured at the upcoming field day event.  Attendees will be able to see the effects on yield of the 8 differing nitrogen application rates utilized in this trial.

Host farms for the research trial and the field day are Dudkiewicz Farms, with the event being held at the trial site at the intersection of Louisa Road and Wildlife Lane, one mile north of the Village of Crivitz, or one-half mile south of Smith Creek Road.  Dudkiewicz’s also organized a corn hybrid field trial that will be showcased at the event as attendees discuss the types of data and decision points to analyze when selecting corn hybrids for planting in 2022.  The last set of topics will center on soil health management, with a soil pit planned to show how the soils in this field are responding to the long-term no tillage practices employed.

The field day begins at 10 a.m. and will last until approximately noon.  Featured discussions will be led by Jamie Patton, Regional Outreach Specialist with the Nutrient and Pest Management Program; Scott Reuss, Agriculture Agent for Marinette & Oconto Counties; Dudkiewicz Farm personnel; and representatives from Pioneer and Country Visions.  The Marinette and Oconto County offices of UW-Madison, Division of Extension are offering this learning and experience sharing opportunity.

All are welcome to attend this free event.  Contact Reuss at 715-732-7510 or e-mail him at  with any questions you may have about this event or any other agricultural topics.

An EEO/Affirmative Action Employer, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension provides equal opportunities in employment and programming, including Title VI, Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act requirements.  If you will need accommodation or assistance as you attend this event, please contact the Marinette office, 715-732-7510, as soon as possible prior to the event.

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