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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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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Assessing Alfalfa Stand Condition in the Spring

Assessing Alfalfa Stand Condition in the Spring As alfalfa comes out of dormancy in the spring, stands should be evaluated for condition and yield potential, according to Dan Undersander, UW-Extension forage agronomist. In this paper, Dan Undersander explains how the three parts of an alfalfa stand assessment.

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Making a Feed Inventory

Doing a feed inventory establishes your current stock of various feed ingredients on hand. The process involves determining the volume of each feed stored and then multiplying by the stored density to yield a weight of feed in storage. Brian Holmes, UW-Extension agricultural engineering specialist explains how to do a feed inventory in this article. […]

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Wisconsin Farmers Need to Be Aware When Buying Out-of-State Corn

Wisconsin’s DATCP cautions farmers buying whole-kernel corn from any of the six states with FDA aflatoxin blending waivers need to take precautions to avoid feeding livestock corn with dangerous levels of aflatoxin. Aflatoxin is a byproduct of some molds that can grow on corn. Aflatoxin-producing molds are associated with very hot, very dry growing seasons, […]

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Late Summer Cutting Management of Alfalfa

Difficult alfalfa harvesting conditions sometimes result in farmers being off schedule for late summer harvesting alfalfa. This raises the question of best cutting management of alfalfa harvest as the end of summer approaches. This factsheet by Dan Undersander, UW-Extension forage agronomist, provides information about fall harvest management of alfalfa with weather results from the last […]

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Moldy Corn and Crop Insurance

Corn harvest is beginning throughout Wisconsin and should proceed quickly with the projected dry weather. Some growers will find themselves with decent yields and good test weights, and so they may feel no need to contact their crop insurance agent. However, due to the moisture and heat stress with the drought of 2012, Wisconsin farmers […]

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