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Avian Flu, Alfalfa Winterkill — Spring 2015

Extension Responds provides research-based information on current issues affecting agriculture, such as drought, floods, and animal or plant diseases. Avian Influenza Recently, there have been several confirmed reports of avian influenza (AI) in poultry flocks in Wisconsin. More information about avian influenza can be found here: http://fyi.uwex.edu/drought2012/avian-flu/   Alfalfa Winterkill There are some areas in […]

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Prevented Planting Options

Farmers in some parts of Wisconsin have had a hard time getting crops planted and many are new to crop insurance this year.  As a result there have been many questions on late and prevented planting.  Growers should always talk to their crop insurance agent about this. Paul Mitchell, UW-Madison Agriculture and Applied Economics professor […]

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Alfalfa Removal in Spring

While removal of old stands is recommended with fall applications, many fields are now slated for removal due to winter-kill. This can be challenging, but options exist depending on the situation.  In this article, Mark Renz, UW-Extension weed scientist, discusses management options for common scenarios this spring. If using herbicides, remember to read the label […]

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Cereal forages for spring planting

Planting cereal crops in the spring for forage is a common practice in Wisconsin when forage supplies are short, hay prices are high, or there has been a high degree of alfalfa winterkill. This article by Mike Rankin, UW-Extension Fond du Lac County crops and soils agent, discusses management considerations for spring planted cereal crops, […]

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Alternative Crops for Forage

With reports of significant alfalfa stand damage due to winterkill after a year of drought and tight forage inventories, farmers may need to consider alternative crops to provide much needed forage earlier in the season. Alfalfa, oat, and pea seeds may already be in short supply. Dan Undersander, University of Wisconsin-Extension forage agronomist provides information […]

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Communication skills to deal with farm or ranch stress

Most families find communication to be interesting and difficult according to Roger Williams, Consultant/Mediator and University of Wisconsin –Madison/Extension Emeritus Professor. Each of us is a unique individual with his or her own beliefs, feelings, needs and agendas. It’s not always easy to be heard or to get our unique needs and agendas met within […]

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Stress and depression in farm or ranch families

The current drought and ongoing financial stress is not confined to the ranch or farm. As with many family run businesses, stress from the business gradually spills over into the home and affects the entire family. “In times like this, it is important for friends, members of extended families, neighbors and others to be aware […]

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Staying upbeat in times of drought: farming and ranching in a depressed environment without getting depressed

Extreme climatic changes including a persistent and pervasive drought have added to multiple stressors that are challenging many ranchers and farmers across our nation according to Roger Williams, Consultant/Mediator and University of Wisconsin –Madison/Extension Emeritus Professor. Gross income has been down and expenses have escalated. Many have struggled “to stay up in a down economy” […]

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Multi-family, farm or ranch families can foster resiliency during tough times

Increasingly, farm and ranch families are forming intergenerational operations (parents and adult children) or multi-family (brothers/sisters or unrelated adults) farming operations according to Roger Williams, Consultant/Mediator and University of Wisconsin –Madison/Extension Emeritus Professor. These multi-family operations—whether they are partnerships, corporations or LLCs—can be seen as ways of gaining strength, flexibility and support for the arduous […]

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