Grass waterway near Cashton, Wis.

Identifying Critical Sites and Verifying Land Management Practices

October 11, 2013 Did you ever stop and think about the difference between planning and accomplishing?  We all have plans, like losing a few pounds, saving more money or becoming more sustainable.  There is no question that planning is important.  But while developing a plan can be a challenge, accomplishing your plans are where the […]

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Spreading manure

Take soil temperature into account when spreading fall manure

October 1, 2013 Although we are entering week 5 of the NFL regular season football schedule, the unseasonably warm temperatures haven’t made it feel much like football season so far.  Cooler temperatures are predicted later this week, but if the warm trends experienced in recent weeks continue, soils may take awhile to cool down this […]

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Radish Cover Crop

Q&A on Cover Crops with Matt Ruark

August 30, 2013 1) Are there any drawbacks to a rye cover crop in no-till? Preliminary research at the Arlington Agricultural Research Station shows little to no drawback to no-till corn silage yields (data here). However, there is tremendous benefit to soil by having this soil cover after a corn silage harvest. The key to good management […]

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Corn field

Will my corn reach maturity prior to first frost?

August 16, 2013 A common question in parts of Wisconsin this year is: ““Will my corn reach maturity prior to the first killing frost?”  No one knows for sure, but looking at historical data can help identify reasonable expectations for this fall. The average first fall frost date in most of Wisconsin is the last […]

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Wacky Weather

May 21, 2013 This coming Thursday will be my 20th birthday. Even though I may not be as seasoned as some individuals, I know the importance of the weather and the implications it has on farming. The weather determines planting time, harvesting time, crop yields, and the cost of feeding livestock. Unfortunately, past growing seasons […]

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Concrete Frost Diagram

Concrete frost: coming to a field near you

January 30, 2012 For the second year in a row, Wisconsin has had a cold beginning of January and rain on frozen ground combined with snowmelt at the end of January.  As I have driven by many fields the past two days, I have seen extensive ponding in fields that are typically well drained.  With […]

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Fall Field Work

September 25, 2012 In the last blog, Eric did a good job of explaining the risks associated with fall manure applications.  This year the biggest risks will probably be: Cracks in dry soil could allow manure to seep into tile drainage systems, deep into the soil profile, or potentially to groundwater Early fall manure applications […]

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Get prepared for spring soil sampling

March 27, 2012 The time for spring soil sampling is fast approaching.  If you take your own samples, find your probe and bucket, and re-stock your supply of bags.  Otherwise, call your agronomist and get your name on the list for spring work. Guidelines for soil sampling are provided in the University of Wisconsin – […]

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Listen up!

March 12, 2012 Listen to this segment with the Fabulous Farm Babe, Pam Jahnke and Eric Cooley on assessing the risk for runoff in your local area! http://www.wisconsinfarmreport.com/resources/audio/file-20120312055941.mp3 For more information, we’ve recently put together an article called, “Runoff Lessons: Frozen and Snow-Covered Ground”  that will give you more detailed information on the risk factors […]

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Concrete Frost Diagram

Concrete frost: formation and implications

January 31, 2012 This has been another year of uncharacteristic weather in many areas of Wisconsin.  Unlike last year that had above average snowfall, this year has been unseasonably warm with lower than average snow.   We did finally have a cold snap a few weeks ago that resulted in the rapid development of frost depth […]

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