SARS Overview 2010

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Superintendent of the Spooner Agricultural Research Station, Phil Holman, gives an overview of the current research and activities at the Station.

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SARS Overview 2010

  1. 1. Spooner Ag Research Station <ul><li>Established 1909 </li></ul><ul><li>100 year Celebration in 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Currently 383 Acres </li></ul><ul><li>Slightly over 200 tillable farmland </li></ul><ul><li>Only Dairy Sheep Research Facility in North American </li></ul><ul><li>Also, office location for 2 UW-Extension Area Ag Agents and a UW-Extension Basin Educator </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>Above: Picture of Research Plots </li></ul><ul><li>Right: Aerial view of Spooner Ag Research Station; Front: Office and Machinery Storage; Back: Sheep Barn </li></ul>
  3. 3. Spooner Ag Research Station <ul><li>W6646 Hwy 70 </li></ul><ul><li>Spooner, WI 54801 </li></ul><ul><li>715-635-3735 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Phil Holman, Superintendent, Agronomy Research </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Yves Berger, Sheep Research Program Manager </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Scott Butterfield, Animal Research Technician </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Keith Dahlstrom, Ag Research Equipment Operator </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Adam Smith, Ag Research Equipment Operator </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Ann Stellrecht, Animal Research Technician </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lorraine Toman, Program Assistant </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. University of Wisconsin Ag Research Stations
  5. 5. <ul><li>Arlington – Dairy, Beef, Sheep, Swine & Agronomy </li></ul><ul><li>Dairy Forage – USDA Dairy & Forage Production </li></ul><ul><li>Hancock – Potato & Vegetable Crop Production </li></ul><ul><li>Kemp – Natural Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Lancaster – Beef Cow/Calf & Agronomy </li></ul><ul><li>Madison – Greenhouses & On Campus </li></ul><ul><li>Marshfield – Dairy Heifer Growth & Agronomy </li></ul><ul><li>O.J. Noer – Turfgrass </li></ul><ul><li>Peninsular – Tree Fruits </li></ul><ul><li>Rhinelander – Potato Variety Development </li></ul><ul><li>Spooner – Sheep & Agronomy </li></ul><ul><li>West Madison – Ag Equipment, Agronomy, & Horticulture </li></ul>
  6. 6. Spooner Ag Research Station Current Research Areas <ul><li>Sheep & Dairy Sheep Production </li></ul><ul><li>Forage Production </li></ul><ul><li>Grain Production </li></ul><ul><li>Horticulture </li></ul><ul><li>Natural Resources </li></ul>
  7. 7. Forage Research <ul><li>Alfalfa Variety Trial </li></ul><ul><li>Italian Ryegrass Variety Trial </li></ul><ul><li>Perennial Ryegrass Variety Trial </li></ul><ul><li>Switchgrass Adaption </li></ul><ul><li>Kura Clover Pastures Production </li></ul>
  8. 8. Right: Forage Plot Harvester Left: Italian Ryegrass Variety Trial
  9. 9. Top: Alfalfa Grass Mixtures Before Harvest Bottom: Switchgrass
  10. 10. Grain Production Research <ul><li>Corn </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Commercial Variety Trials </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Irrigated, Dryland Sand, Silt Loam </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Soybeans </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Commercial Variety Trials </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Soybean seeding rate </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Soybean pH & Nitrogen fertilization </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Small Grain Variety Trials </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Oats & Barley </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Camelina Demonstration </li></ul>
  11. 11. Right: Corn at different planting dates Left: Corn Silage variety trial after harvest next to the Corn Grain variety trial
  12. 12. Left: Soybean Variety trial nearing maturity Right: Sunflower Date of Planting Trial
  13. 13. Horticulture Research <ul><li>Wine Grape Variety Trial </li></ul><ul><li>High Tunnel Season Extension </li></ul><ul><li>All-American Selection Display </li></ul><ul><li>Vegetable Variety Demonstration </li></ul><ul><li>Perennial Garden Demonstration </li></ul>
  14. 14. Top: Display Garden Bottom: Tomato Evaluation
  15. 15. Left: Wine Grape Variety Trial Right: High Tunnel Greenhouse under construction
  16. 16. Natural Resources <ul><li>Hybrid Poplar </li></ul><ul><li>NRCS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Native Ecosystem Demonstration </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Right: Replant project of Hybrid Willow for biomass Left: Hybrid Poplar Harvest in 2010
  18. 18. Sheep Research <ul><li>Development of Dairy Sheep Breeds </li></ul><ul><li>Katahdin hair sheep crosses to reduce shearing needs </li></ul>
  19. 19. Above: Sheep Grazing Right: Artificial Insemination
  20. 20. Right: Milking in the Parlor Below: Development of Lacaune and East Fresian Dairy Sheep Breeds Below (right): Katahdin Hair Sheep for Cross Breeding

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