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OJ Noer Turfgrass Research and Education Facility

UW-Madison researchers use the OJ Noer Facility for Turfgrass Research to compare different turfgrass varieties, mowing practices, equipment and strategies for fertilizer, irrigation and pest management.  The station is also used to evaluate prairie and ornamental grasses.  Additionally, researchers use the OJ Noer Facility to evaluate cultural practices and turfgrass varieties that require less use of pesticides and fertilizer while still maintaining quality landscapes.  These types of environmental protection studies are one of the main focuses of the research performed at the OJ Noer Facility.

From an educational standpoint, the Noer plays an important role as well.  Classes in horticulture, soil science, entomology, and plant pathology often meet at the facility. Additionally, members of turf-related industries, like irrigation, seed and turf equipment, hold seminars at the Noer.  Many homeowners call to get unbiased, expert answers to turf-related questions.  The OJ Noer Facility is also the home to the Turfgrass Diagnostic Lab (TDL), the University's only single-commodity based laboratory.

The OJ Noer Turfgrass Research and Education Facility is located at 2502 Highway M, Verona, WI 53593.  It can be reached from the Southern Beltline (rte. 12/18) via the Verona Road exit or the Mineral Point Road exit.

From the Verona Road Exit:

  • Take left at exit stop light onto Verona Road (rte 18/151)
  • Proceed through three stop lights
  • At fourth stop light take a right onto County Highway PD / McKee Rd
  • Follow PD until four-way light at the intersection of Hwy M & PD
  • Take a right onto Highway M at the stop sign
  • OJ Noer Turfgrass Facility is 1/4 mi on left

From the Mineral Point Exit:

  • Go west on Mineral Point Road
  • Next light take a left onto County Highway M / Junction Road
  • OJ Noer Turfgrass Facility is 2 1/2 mi on right

 

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