Spring is here!
After a busy winter of processing & analyzing corn samples and getting selections all packaged, labeled and organized; we are now entering a busy Spring. Many of those samples are being repackaged into planting envelopes and will soon be in the ground (planting planned for May).
MFAI Farm Conservation Project Nominated for Milwaukee Business Journal Real Estate Award
The project entitled Farmland Conservation through Land and Water Protection has been nominated in 3 categories: Most Environmentally Friendly Project, Best Public/Private Partnership, and Most Creative Deal of the Year. The award focuses on the best real estate deals and projects that were completed in 2016 within Milwaukee, Kenosha, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington […]
“Cover Crops in Wisconsin” Website Launched
The Wisconsin Cover Crop workgroup has launched a new website designed to be a clearinghouse for cover crop information in Wisconsin. We are a multi-agency group that conducts research and provides unbiased information to help farmers use cover crops to improve their production systems and minimize soil loss. Jim Stute, Research Director at the Institute […]
Looking for organic locations!
I had the pleasure of joining a great group of people the other day, the US Testing Network (USTN) for our annual meeting. USTN is a member-based organization of corn public breeders, private/independent breeders, seed retailers, and researchers. We focus on non-transgenic corn varieties for both conventional and organic growers. USTN’s purpose is to coordinate […]
Making Wisconsin Fruits and Veggies Taste Better
by Tim Morrissey, Public News Service (WI) MADISON, Wis. — Most consumers have had the experience of buying vegetables because they look great, and then being disappointed by how they taste. That’s one of the main considerations in a new initiative at the University of Wisconsin College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, called the “Seed […]
Institute Releases Study on Cover Crop Economics
A recently completed study entitled “Economic analysis of cover crops: impact of interseeding red clover in wheat on corn production economics” evaluated the costs, returns and risk of this cover cropping practice and found that in addition to conservation benefits, it can significantly improve the bottom line. It used published data from side-by-side mid-western […]
Cover-Cropping: Making Money While Practicing Conservation
August 22, 2016 – Tim Morrissey, Public News Service (WI) EAST TROY, Wis. — A study just released by the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute points to tangible economic benefits and positive environmental outcomes from cover-cropping. Wisconsin farmers are already familiar with the conservation, water-quality and soil-health benefits of cover-cropping, but they have also become increasingly […]
Cover Crop Field Day
The Institute will be holding a cover crop field day on Thursday, September 8th from 1 to 4 pm, beginning at our research farm, W2857 County ES, East Troy. The field day will feature our latest research work in both organic and conventional systems with topics including Sunn hemp cultural trials, no-till cover crop sequences, […]
Pollination for the next generation!
Another summer season, another hot July with a to-do list that literally ran up in the tens of thousands, and just as quickly as it began suddenly it has passed. The corn just loved all of the high night-time temperatures and the hot sunny days, and thankfully we were blessed with some rain; yet we […]
“Bringing it Home” FREE Movie Screening
Join us at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, on Thursday, June 9th at 6:30 p.m. for a FREE movie about Industrial Hemp! The multi-award winning documentary, “Bringing it Home” is all about Industrial Hemp and its uses. Did you know that Industrial Hemp (marijuana’s non-psychotropic sibling), is used as raw material in buildings, insulation, roofing, bio-composites […]
SAVE THE DATE: 2016 Wisconsin Cover Crops Conference
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 in Lancaster, Wisconsin. The one-day conference whose theme is “Coupling soil health and economics” will feature a bus tour highlighting the operations of several local cover crop uses, both dairy/ livestock and cash grain as well as cover crop research at the Lancaster Research Station. Special emphasis will be placed on […]
Michael Fields Farm Acquisition Protects Waterways, Catalyzes Farm Research
Walk onto the Michael Fields Agriculture Institute’s recent land purchase, you will see 200-plus acres of farmland that is vital to the surrounding ecosystem. Land, and how it is cared for, is integral to overall environmental health. The Institute and its partners will be contributing to the protection of Wisconsin’s natural resources by tending the […]