Ken Williams, UW-Extension Agriculture Educator in Waushara County, was promoted to Professor this year (2011) based on his scholarly contributions to crop production and farm management outreach education in central Wisconsin. This region produces nearly two-thirds of all potato and snap beans, almost half of all sweet corn and a third of all processing peas in the state. Since arriving in Waushara County in 2005, Ken has conducted field research and published results on potato yield response to phosphorus fertilizer, a management practice with potential significant economic and environmental impact for growers.
Ken helped re-establish a successful annual Extension program for commercial vegetable growers, and created a monthly marketing club for local grain producers, both events growing in popularity and participation each year. In addition, his grain marketing and crop input analysis spreadsheet tools are widely used with tens of thousands of views and downloads from his webpage each year. Ken’s local Extension work also supports Waushara County dairy producers with crop management information to increase profitability through better forage quality by helping monitor plant growth and development, and improving harvest timing for both first crop alfalfa and corn silage.