Virtual Agronomy Day Program Impacts Change

Approximately 90 area farmers and industry agronomists attended the virtual 2021 Agronomy Day to learn about cropping systems research to improve crop profitability while protecting and improving our soil and water natural resources. This long-standing educational program was well received despite its virtual format.

UW-Madison Extension faculty presenting at the 2021 Agronomy Day program included: Dr. Rodrigo Werle, Weed Science Specialist; Dr. Shawn Conley, UW-Madison Soybean and Small Grains Specialist; and Naomi Blohm, Senior Market Advisor, TFM—Stewart Peterson, who discussed “What Fundamentally Changed to Create Favorable Grain Prices in Recent Months. What is the Market Outlook Ahead?”

 Evaluation and Impacts: 

  • One-hundred (100%) percent of those completing the survey indicated that they would be able to implement crop management changes from what they learned during the 2021 Agronomy Day.
  • Ninety-five percent (95%) of survey respondents indicated that they either Strongly Agreed or Somewhat Agreed that the 2021 Agronomy Day webinar was useful for helping them make crop management decisions.
  • One hundred percent (100%) indicated that they were either Very Satisfied or Somewhat Satisfied with the 2021 Agronomy Day virtual format.
  • Lastly, 100% indicated they would like to see an Agronomy Day held in 2022.

Recent virtual programming has provided the opportunity to utilize specialists from other regions of the country. Two noteworthy specialists included: Dr. Jerry Cherney, New York State Forage Specialist at Cornell University; and Tom Kilcer, Advanced Ag Systems, a nationally recognized expert in forage management from New York State.