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 the […] 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 20 […] More »

Organic No-Tillage Winter Rye-Soybean Systems: Weed Community Dynamics

We conducted research in 2008 and 2009 near Arlington, Wisconsin to determine the effects of a winter rye cover crop for no-tillage organic soybean production on weed management and the weed community dynamics relative to a tillage-intensive approach (plowing, tine weeding, and cultivation). Our specific objectives were to determine the effect of rye management (tilling, […] 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 because a […] 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 »

Addressing Organic Corn and Soybean Plant Populations in WICST

An important strategy for obtaining economic yields is ensuring good stand establishment. In conventional systems, in addition to using high quality seed, farmers rely on effective chemical seed treatments to help ensure vigorous stands. For a number of years, however, the WICST organic plots have had difficulties in achieving target populations of corn and soybeans. […] More »

1995 weed seed bank and biomass results

This report is a continuation of the weed seed bank sampling on WICST.  Samples were collected and then germinated in the greenhouse. Authors: Jerry Doll, Tom Mulder, and Joshua Posner More »