Green Lake Area Conservation Field Day

Landowners in the Green Lake area have a lot to be proud of. That is what a multi-organizational group representing farmers, shoreline owners, and the public plans to highlight at the free Conservation Field Day on Saturday, August 26 at the Wilke Farm on Prairie Road in Ripon from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Come […]

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Forage Council Offering Silage Moisture Testing

The Fond du lac County Forage Council has partnered with Country Visions Coop and UW- Extension to offer free corn silage moisture testing. Analysis of samples will be done by Rock River Lab. Anyone wishing to have their corn silage tested for moisture content should bring 4 fresh cut stalks per sample, cut at silage […]


Resource for Planting Wheat

Thinking of planting wheat this fall?  If you have not already selected your varieties this just release resource may help with that decision. The University of Wisconsin Extension has released its 2017 WI Winter Wheat Performance Trials. This data can be used to select high performing wheat varieties for your area because the data is […]

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Cover Crop Field Day Scheduled for August 2nd

Dodge County Farmers for Healthy Soil and Healthy Water, a recently formed farmer led group,  will be holding its 1st Annual Field Day with a cover crop focus, on August 2, 2017 at the Dodge County Fairgrounds Livestock Arena located on Highway 33 just east of Beaver Dam.  This day will provide an opportunity to […]


Concern Over Heavy Rainfall and Nitrogen Management

Concern has arisen about the recent heavy rainfall and nitrogen management.  Over the last five days, Dr. Carrie Laboski has had numerous producers contact her about about N management after heavy rain. Please read her response and solutions her blog at: You can also look for it to appear in the Wisconsin Crop Manager […]

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Wisconsin Winter Wheat Disease Update

From the Desk of Dr. Loretta – Wheat fields I have seen in Dodge and Fond du Lac Counties are at anthesis.  If you are interested in wheat diseases, please be sure to scout and monitor for the start of anthesis. As of June 2nd, Dr. Damon Smith has provided a Fusarium Head Blight risk […]

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Winter Wheat Disease Concerns

The Wisconsin Field Crops Pathology crew spent some time this past week scouting wheat and rating wheat variety trial plots, between planting soybeans and dodging rain storms. Despite the challenging week, the crew was able to get around to several sites and take a look at winter wheat. Wheat ranges from fully emerged flag leaf […]

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Managing Rained-on Alfalfa

When alfalfa is rained on after mowing, forage quality and dry matter are lost. Rain amount and intensity are the significant factors affecting the amount of loss. See this article, written by Dan Undersander, UW-Extension Forage Agronomist, focusing on questions and answers on Managing Rained-on Alfalfa for Haylage.

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Black Cutworm Update

The potential for substantial Black Cutworm (BCW) flight this growing season has been in the news.  Thankfully, we can rely on our agricultural partner, DATCP!  Many states do not have the luxury of a cadre of dedicated field personnel that regularly monitor and report on pests. Although it is hard to know if these pheromone […]

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Wisconsin Crop Progress & Condition

The cold, wet weather has limited fieldwork. There were only 2.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending April 30, 2017, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. To view complete report, go to . You can view other pertinent information on the United States Department of Agriculture website at