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Crops and soils seminar set for Thursday, Feb. 13
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MONROE - Farmers in southern Wisconsin and the surrounding area will have the opportunity to learn about the newest research-based information on cover crops, soil tillage, compaction, and the economics and use of crop fungicides by attending the University of Wisconsin-Extension Crops and Soils Seminar from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13 in the lower level multi-purpose rooms at the Green County Justice Center, 2841 6th St.

The program will feature three presentations by UW-Extension specialists in soil science and plant pathology.

Dr. Francisco Arriaga, soils management specialist, with the University of Wisconsin will discuss the "Selection, Use and Benefits of Cover Crops." The presentation will address the benefits of cover crops and what types work best in specific crop rotations. Arriaga will also give a presentation on "Tillage Options for Managing Crop Residue and Soil Compaction." Tillage options to manage crop residues and erosion will also be discussed.

Dr. Damon Smith, Extension Field Crops Pathologist, University of Wisconsin-Madison, will be the other featured speaker. Smith will discuss the "Efficacy and Economics of Fungicides on Field Crops." The presentation will include a discussion on past and present research with fungicides on field crops. The efficacy of fungicide products will be presented along with the economics, risks and rewards of using fungicides with lower commodity prices.

The free program is open to farmers and agronomists in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. All seminar participants will receive a free Midwest Cover Crops Field Guide.

To register for the program or for more information about the seminar, contact the UW-Extension Office at 608-328-9440 or email by Tuesday, Feb. 11.