Ted Bay (2012)

As UW-Extension Crops and Farm Management Agent for Grant and Lafayette Counties, Ted Bay provides educational programming and support for horticulture, farm management, crop production and nutrient management in southwest Wisconsin and beyond. His scholarly work in the areas of crop production and nutrient management are especially noteworthy.

Ted created a local nutrient applicator training program in 1992 which laid groundwork for creation of the Professional Nutrient Applicators Association of Wisconsin (PNAAW) in 2001. Through team collaboration and educational efforts, he has helped PNAAW and UW-Extension develop, market, and host what has become the North American Manure Handling Expo (http://www.manureexpo.org/), an annual event with a multi-national audience. His academic contributions also include assisting with curriculum development for Level One and Level Two of the manure applicator certification training program including topics related to road safety, manure spill response, public relations, and nutrient management regulations. His nutrient management outreach also includes annual training programs for local producers in Grant and Lafayette County.

In 2009 observation of local hay fields helped to expand the awareness and documentation of widespread alfalfa sulfur deficiency. A replicated multi-year field study of sulfur fertilizer application included extensive plant tissue testing that demonstrated the value of testing to determine where sulfur is needed.  Yield results from this field research confirmed opportunity for significant financial return from sulfur fertilizer applications. And, just as important, the study also demonstrated no response to added sulfur where field test levels were adequate.

Significant statewide awards like the 2008 Friend of Conservation Education Award by the Wisconsin Chapter of Soil and Water Conservation Society and the 2010 UW-Extension Chancellors Award for Excellence are further evidence of the impact and value of Ted Bay’s scholarly work.

To learn more about Ted Bays, scholarly Extension work, click here. (For more information, or to access referenced exhibits, contact Ted directly at ted.bay@ces.uwex.edu).

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