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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

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What’s Standing Alfalfa Worth in 2017?

One of the challenges in coming up with a value for standing hay is the lack of established market price information like corn and soybeans. Another challenge is multiple cuttings of hay versus a single harvest for grains. So it’s no wonder the price for standing hay can vary greatly between farms, even between fields. […]

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Isoxaflutole Use Limited to 12 Wisconsin Counties

As pesticide dealers and applicators and crop farmers may know, rules about using herbicides containing isoxaflutole have been changing in the past couple of years. Let’s try to clarify where you stand with regard to these products. First, a little background. When the Environmental Protection Agency registered these products in 1998, there were concerns about […]

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Dodge Fondy Corn Growers Meeting

The Dodge Fondy Corn Growers will hold an informational meeting on Thursday February 23rd at the Pizza Ranch in Waupun, located at 900 W. Main Street. The meeting will begin at noon.   All area farmers are encouraged to attend. Presentations will include information on corn traits and variety trials given by Dr. Joe Lauer, UW-Extension […]



The rainy period the past month or so has  created an environment where  molds/funguses  may be developing on  standing corn  in the field.  The concern with molds is their ability to produce mycotoxins  that impact animal performance  negatively.  We can have mold but not mycotoxins and also situations where  mold growth  is not apparent, but […]