Archive | Annual Agronomic Reports

A series of annual summaries and field operation calendars from each growing season at each site of WICST

Arlington Agricultural Research Station - 2012 Report

The 2012 growing season was preceded with an extraordinarily dry and mild winter. Winter wheat and alfalfa stands were in excellent condition coming out of winter. Likewise, plants from terminated alfalfa stands (i.e. sprayed out or tilled last fall) were a reoccurring weed in this year’s corn phase: Several plots had to be re-tilled [...] More »

WICST yield summary 1995-2012 at Arlington (most recent)

This table provides annual yield data for each crop in WICST at the Arlington Research Station. More »

Arlington Agricultural Research Station – 2011 Report

2011 season is described from an agronmic perspective. The 2011 season started off unseasonable cold well into May resulting in delayed start to the cropping season. For example, the new seedings of alfalfa established very slowly in April, corn planting was a week later than 2010, and grazing was delayed until adequate forage was available [...] More »

Arlington Agricultural Research Station – 2010 Report

The 2010 season resulted in excellent growing conditions for both grain and forage crops. Rainfall and growing degree units are shown in Figs 1-2. Though there was high snowfall amounts (~80 inches) for the winter of 2009-10, it melted rapidly and by mid-March, field operations commenced starting with some no-till drilling of legumes into [...] More »

Arlington Agricultural Research Station – 2009 Report

As shown in Table 1 and Fig. 1, the 2009 season was fairly typical in total rainfall (25 inches from April through October) but while the first half of the season was normal, the latter half was very dry with 2 distinct dry spells: there was essentially no precipitation from June 20 to July [...] More »

Arlington Agricultural Research Station – 2008 Report

The 2008 season was very extreme in terms of weather events and for the first time the organic corn and soybeans out-yielded that of the conventional systems.  The winter of ‘07-08 had record snowfall with over 100″ in many areas of southern Wisconsin.  Even with the season-long snow cover, there was some winterkill [...] More »

Arlington Agricultural Research Station-2007 Report

The 2007 season is summarized for crop production and weather and includes weed biomass analysis across systems. Authors: Janet Hedtcke, Joshua Posner More »

Arlington Agricultural Research Station - 2006 Report

The 2006 season was excellent for grain and forage production. Frequently and timely rainfall benefited most crops for most of the season, though the onset of hot summer temperatures and dry weather in mid-July during corn pollination was probably the cause of reduced seed set on the cobs. Soybeans produced some of the [...] More »

Arlington Agricultural Research Station - 2005 Report

Although May rainfall was close to the long term average (3.4″), both April and June were very dry (25 to 36% of normal). These conditions resulted in poor red clover establishment in the CS6 pastures (drilled April 9) as well as the alfalfa underseeded with oats (CS5 drilled April 14). Corn grain however, did [...] More »

Arlington Agricultural Research Station – 2004 Report

2004 will be remembered as a very cool season with ample moisture. Although the winter and early spring were again below average in precipitation, rainfall in May was record breaking (3x the norm at 10.3″). The weather conditions were difficult on crop establishment (there was standing water on the Northeast end of the [...] More »