Vegetable Field Days

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2014 Field Day

2014 URBAN HORT FIELD DAY POSTERAnnouncing the 2014 UW WMARS- Urban Hort Field Day.

Madison, WI: On Sat. Aug 9, 2014, from 10am-2pm the UW Display Gardens will be holding their annual summer event in which the public is invited to tour the outstanding collections of flowers, vegetables, and fruit. This year’s trials and demonstrations include nearly 400 cultivars of annual and perennial flowers and nearly 130 different cultivars of vegetables.

University and Extension experts include Jim Nienhuis, UW veggie expert and professor of Horticulture; Brian Hudelson Senior Outreach Specialist and director of the Plant Disease Diagnostics Clinic; Scott Craven, Wildlife Ecology emeritus; Julie Dawson, Urban and Regional Food Systems Specialist from Horticulture; Dick Wiedman, grape expert; P.J. Liesch from the Insect Diagnostic Lab; and, and pollinator experts from USDA-ARS will be on hand to offer samples and answer questions on insects, disease and animals that may affect your garden and lawn. Master Gardeners and garden staff will also be available to field general garden questions on growing techniques and variety selection.

Enjoy tasting of the gardens’ fresh fruit and vegetables, including roasted chili peppers, activity booklets for the kids, pollinator exhibits, and large farm equipment on display. This event is FREE and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras and questions.

The open house will be held at University Display Gardens that is located at the West Madison Agricultural Research Station approximately 0.5 miles west of the Hwy 12/14 beltline at 8502 Mineral Point Road, Verona, WI 53593.

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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

Thanks,

Brian Emerson-Garden Manager

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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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