2013 WBGA Summer Field Day
8:30 - Registration & Refreshments
9:00 - Field Discussions (Participants will rotate through all three of the following sessions:)
*Berry Disease Update for 2013
~Patty McManus, UW Plant Pathology
*Insect Control Challenges
~Christelle Guédot, UW Entomology
*Irrigation Systems for Strawberries
~David Birky, Ag Resource, Inc., Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
11:45 - Lunch on the Farm (included with registration)
12:30 - Introduction of Meuer Farm
~Dave Meuer, Host
1:00 - Participants will rotate through two of the following sessions:
*Berry Weed Control for 2013
~Jed Colquhoun, UW Madison
*Taking Advantages of Your Agri-Tourism Opportunities: Tram tour of woodlot, bee hives, and corn maze
*Worm Casting Fertilizer Demonstration
3:00 - Adjourn
About the Meuer Farm
The Meuer Farm is a 150 acre, beef cow/calf farm, strawberry farm and corn maze operated by David & Leslie Meuer. It is located 1/2 mile north of Brothertown in Calumet County. They offer 3 1/2 acres of strawberries, a 10 acre corn maze, hayrides, and an activity area. In the summer, they sell sweet corn. In the fall, pumpkins and squash. They also sell kettle corn, maple syrup, and honey.
The Meuers grow 5 varieties of strawberries— Brunswick, Noreaster, Cavendish, L'Amour and Clancy. They offer both U-pick and prepicked strawberries. Their season spreads out over 3 to 4 weeks. Strawberry plants have underground drip irrigation lines fed water from their irrigation pond.
Meuer Farm hosts lots of fieldtrips and school tours. Fieldtrips are available most times of the year. They teach students about agriculture, science, forestry, and soil and water conservation.
The activity area features the corn maze and hayrides, balloon slingshots, and 80’ slide, a shelled corn box, a corn cannon, and many different farm animals in the Animal Barn. Meuer Farm was awarded the 2013 Business of the Year by the Wisconsin Agricultural Tourism Association.
The Fruit Crops Entomology/Pollination Ecology position has been accepted by Christelle Guedot.
Guedot's strong background in bee biology and behavior, as well as her innovative pheromone work in the tree fruit industry of the Pacific Northwest made her the stand-out candidate.
The Wisconsin Berry Growers Association
is sponsoring a full-day
Advanced Blueberry School
on Wednesday, September 19, 2012
To be held at:The Berry Farmer, Inc. John & Jean Pinkston E10222 Hoot Owl Valley Rd. Baraboo, Wisconsin 53913
This class is for those looking to improve their commercial blueberry business. Speaker will be Eric Hanson, horticulture professor and small fruit extension specialist from Michigan State University. Cost of the school is $70/person from WBGA member farms. Non-members pay $145 which includes WBGA membership for 2013.
Space is limited. Pre-registration is required. Please use this form or call the Wisconsin Berry Growers office @ 920-478-3852 to register.
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