Table and Wine Grape Summary from West Madison ARS

grape_factsheet2014 is a summary of production and sugar levels of cold-hardy wine and table grapes grown at West Madison Ag Research Station.  Table grapes were established in 2007 (with ‘Thomcord’, Suffolk Red’, ‘Jupiter’, and ‘Montreal Blue’ added in 2011).  Wine grapes were established in 2008 (Petite Pearl and Valvin Muscat were added in 2011).

Yearly yield graphs are shown here: 2011-2012-2013 Wine grape fruit production data at West Madison Ag Research Station

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2013 Vegetable Trial -Season Overview

Top tomato for taste in 2013.

Top tomato for taste in 2013.

The 2014 growing season is fast approaching. I always find it beneficial to take time to  review last years growing conditions and hypothesize on how they will affect this season. Please follow the link to view a presentation about the 2013 vegetable trials here at the WMARS. Included is a summary of the 2013 season, trials, and how it may have been effected by 2012 conditions. 2013 Veggies Trial-Season Overview


Brian Emerson-Garden Manager

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2014 Field Day

2014 URBAN HORT FIELD DAY POSTERAnnouncing the 2014 UW WMARS- Urban Hort Field Day. Details to come!

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Effectiveness of Low-Risk Pesticides on Powdery Mildew and Leaf Spot Disease and Cranberry Leaf Mulch for Weed Suppression

Please click on the link below to see to the pdf version of the research trial results.

2011-13 CFGW powdery mildew factsheet

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Lilies and ConeflowerHappy New Year!

Though the garden is drifted over with snow, we are getting our seeds ready to plant. This year we will continue to feature hundreds of varieties of annual flowers including new All American Selections along with many unique selections from the top seed companies in the world.

In addition we are partnering with the new UW Urban and Local Food System Specialist, Julie Dawson, to conduct vegetable variety trials. We will be evaluating new varieties for growth characteristics as well as conducting culinary analysis with the assistance of local chefs. The project seeks to improve the breeding of vegetables by connecting breeders, growers, and end consumers to identify the traits of a plant that are important to each. See Link Collaborating for Flavor.

Please visit us at this years GARDEN EXPO FEB 7-9. We will be available to provide information about variety selection, planting techniques, and general garden advice.


Brian Emerson Trial Gardens Manager

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