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A Tool For Weathering And Draining Extreme Rainstorms In The Future

WisContext

Major floods may be mere abstractions to people until they actually happen. Given such difficulties in perception, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison looked for a way to bridge the gap between already familiar storms and an uncertain future. A team led by UW-Extension stormwater specialist David S. Liebl and UW-Madison professor of civil and environmental engineering professor Kenneth Potter, now both retired, decided to approach this problem through computer modeling.

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County to plant crops from airplanes

The Waunakee Tribune

Farms in DeForest, Waunakee, Sun Prairie and Fitchburg will be planting their cover crops a little differently this September as part of Dane County’s lakes cleanup efforts. Dane County farmers, in partnership with Dane County Land and Water Resources Department, UW-Extension, Yahara WINS, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service are piloting a program in the Yahara River Watershed that utilizes aerial application of cover crop seed on early harvested crops.

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Planting crops by plane; new method for area farmers

Channel 3000

Farms in DeForest, Waunakee, Sun Prairie and Fitchburg are participating in a project to help clean up Dane County lakes. Around nine farms are partnering with Dane County land and water resources department, UW-Extension, Yahara wins, and the natural resources conservation service.

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What you can’t see can kill you

Wisconsin State Farmer

Recent tragedies involving manure lagoons and under-barn manure storage have prompted her and colleagues at UW-Extension to work on a new publication “Reducing Risks from Manure Storage Agitation Gases” which is available at all county extension offices or by calling 1-877-947-7827 or accessing www.learningstore.uwex.edu.

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Jumping Worms Found in Portage County

WSAU

Denise Rocha is part of the support staff with the Portage County UW-Extension. She explains what kind of damage these worms can have on the soil.

She said, “They eat the top of the soil components where the nutrients and leaf dropping and things like that are. Then what they leave behind is a very grainy soil, kind of like coffee grounds, that is very difficult for plants to germinate and grow in.”

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Backyard bees: Helping pollinators on the small scale

Hub City Times

You can work some of these ideas in by utilizing some less than ideal real estate like borders, patches that are tough to mow, ditches, or other wet spots. There are resources, such as the Master Gardeners through the UW Extension, that can point out plants that will flourish in areas based on light, moisture, and soil type.

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Urban Beekeeping Playing a Vital Role in Milwaukee’s Ecology

Shepherd Express

Urban beekeeping has become popular in Milwaukee, mirroring trends in large cities around the world such as New York, Boston, San Francisco, Detroit, Toronto, London and Paris. The interest in Milwaukee has been “like a giant wave building,” says Linda Reynolds of the Apiculture Program at the Milwaukee County University of Wisconsin-Extension. The UW-Extension started offering beekeeping classes in 2008, and “interest has done nothing but grow,” she says.

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App Aims to Help Farmers Become Efficient During Corn Harvest

Wisconsin Ag Connection

A new online tool developed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison could save farmers time and money during the fall feed-corn harvest and make for more content, productive cows year-round. With just a handful of harvested corn, the app allows farmers to gauge the effectiveness of their harvesting machinery so that they can achieve the highest-quality cracked corn.

“Cracked corn makes the feed easier to digest, so cows can produce more milk,” says Brian Luck, an assistant professor of biological systems engineering at UW-Madison and a specialist with the University of Wisconsin Extension.

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Farmers improving soil health, water quality throughout Wisconsin’s watersheds

Wisconsin State Farmer

Several participating farmers have also started cover crop demonstration plots in partnership with UW-Extension to better understand the relationship of various cover crop species to soil moisture, soil temperature, and crop yield. The overall goal of the demonstrations is to determine appropriate cover crops suitable for planting on heavy, somewhat poorly drained soils.

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