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In response to the challenges of planting this spring, Jeff and Mike Hildebrandt of RJM Farms along with the Pierce County and St. Croix County extension offices, will host a Crop Management and Conservation Field Day at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 18. RJM Farms are located five miles southwest of River Falls at W11802 State Road 29,

Challenging spring planting subject of Crop Day June 18

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Second only to 2013, the spring of 2014 has earned the reputation for one of the most challenging spring planting seasons for farmers. “Adding to the planting season stress for farmers is that we have significantly lower anticipated prices for corn and soybeans,” says Greg Andrews, Pierce County UW-Extension Agricultural Agent. In some cases, the delayed planting was even more pronounced in neighboring St. Croix County.

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Extension agents and extension specialists are fielding tons of questions from farmers, agronomists and seed/fertilizer dealers across the state and here in Pierce County.

“Switching corn hybrid and soybean maturities were questions recently asked,” adds Greg Andrews.

Because the planting season window was so narrow, some growers decided to delay their fertilizer applications. According to Ryan Sterry, St. Croix County UW-Extension Agricultural Agent, some fields still remain unplanted and in both counties farmers had to leave the wetter areas of some fields unplanted.

In response to the multitude of questions, Jeff and Mike Hildebrandt of RJM Farms located five miles southwest of River Falls at W11802 State Road 29, along with the Pierce County and St. Croix County extension offices, will host a Crop Management and Conservation Field Day at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 18.

Several agricultural service providers will participate, including Renk Seed, Nelson Farm Supply, and other agronomists from St. Croix and Pierce Counties.  Both Renk Seed and Nelson Farm Supply are providing refreshments.

UW- Extension Specialists speaking at the field day include: Dr. Carrie Laboski, soils specialist, Specialist and Paul Kivlin on nutrient and pest management; and district conservationists John Sippl and Jason Barrick on building soil and soil health.

 Subjects covered will include nitrogen fertilizer decisions, water infiltration and harvesting, and soil health. Soil pits will be dug to view root development and there will be a discussion on saving trips across the field. 

 Call Greg Andrews at 715-273-6781 or by email at: greg.andrews@ces.uwex.edu for more information.

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