2013 Pasture Management Tips: After the Drought

Wisconsin pastures will need extra TLC in 2013 to overcome the extremely dry and hot conditions that we experienced during the 2012 growing season according to Rhonda Gildersleeve, UW-Extension Grazing Specialist. Plan to get out on your pastures early this spring to assess their condition, then review previous soil fertility, weed concerns, and grazing records […]

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FeedVal2012 – a resource to evaluate and compare dairy feedstuffs

FeedVal 2012 helps dairy farmers, nutritionists, and consultants choose the best buy of ingredients for their rations by evaluating the actual value of feed ingredients. The tool, developed by UW-Extension specialists Victor Cabrera and Randy Shaver, and Lou Armentano, all from the Department of Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is available at http://dairymgt.uwex.edu/tools.php. […]

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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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Emergency Forage Cover Crop Tips

Many farmers are looking to grow new forage sources in anticipation of feed shortages. Here are some points to consider if you are going to plant covers crops for emergency forage.

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Harvesting and Feeding Guidelines for Corn Silage

This decision aid tool is laid out in a one-page table format for easy reference to help dairy and beef producers, corn growers and other agriculture industry professionals quickly evaluate individual fields, and improve their harvesting, storage and feeding management practices when dealing with drought stricken corn.

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Free permits to haul overweight loads of hay

To help move hay to farmers who need it, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is issuing free permits until June 30, 2013, to transport overweight loads of hay during daylight hours on non-posted state and local highways under certain conditions. Call the DOT at 608-266-7320 to apply for a permit. Here are more details.

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2012 Drought Mitigation Options: Haying or Grazing CRP Land

Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) enrolled acres may be a potential source of supplemental hay or acres for grazing livestock which producers might consider utilizing to alleviate short forage supplies due to drought.  Wisconsin FSA has released a factsheet that summarizes 2012 FSA guidelines for both managed and emergency haying and grazing of CRP lands to […]

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