Controlling Traffic, Controlling Compaction

“Producers should practice controlled traffic to reduce the areas in the field with wheel traffic compaction. Eighty to 85 percent of soil compaction damage is done with the first pass of the tires. If additional passes are made on the same traffic lanes, little additional compaction occurs. Because once a traffic lane has been driven […]

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Dodge County Cover Crop Field Tour

As promised as a follow-up to their August 2nd field day at the Dodge County Fairgrounds, the Dodge County Farmers for Healthy Soil-Healthy Water are holding a Field Tour on Wednesday October 18th, 2017. The field tour will make three stops to view on-farm cover crop trials local producers have established with the assistance of […]

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Natural Resources Conservation Service Announces EQIP Signup for 2018 Funding, Apply by October 20, 2017

Farmers and forest landowners will want to plan ahead and sign up early for USDA conservation funding. Angela Biggs, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist in Wisconsin, announced farmers and forest landowners interested in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) need to apply by October 20, 2017, for funding in 2018. Applications are […]

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Winter Wheat Crop Rotatation

From the Desk of Dr. Loretta Planning ahead is always good disease prevention advice. Wheat does provide a third option for crop rotations and is best if following soybean, as corn is also a host for the organism that causes head blight. Please click to view information on Start Managing for Fusarium Head Blight Now […]

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Watch for Waterhemp – Report its Presence

Driving through Fond du Lac and Dodge Counties, it is obvious that many soybean fields have weed escapes, many of which are in the pigweed family (Photo 1). Wisconsin has several upright pigweeds that are common problems. These are redroot pigweed, smooth pigweed, and spiny pigweed. Unfortunately, it is also becoming home to two additional […]

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Green Lake Area Conservation Field Day

Landowners in the Green Lake area have a lot to be proud of. That is what a multi-organizational group representing farmers, shoreline owners, and the public plans to highlight at the free Conservation Field Day on Saturday, August 26 at the Wilke Farm on Prairie Road in Ripon from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Come […]

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Forage Council Offering Silage Moisture Testing

The Fond du lac County Forage Council has partnered with Country Visions Coop and UW- Extension to offer free corn silage moisture testing. Analysis of samples will be done by Rock River Lab. Anyone wishing to have their corn silage tested for moisture content should bring 4 fresh cut stalks per sample, cut at silage […]

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Resource for Planting Wheat

Thinking of planting wheat this fall?  If you have not already selected your varieties this just release resource may help with that decision. The University of Wisconsin Extension has released its 2017 WI Winter Wheat Performance Trials. This data can be used to select high performing wheat varieties for your area because the data is […]

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Cover Crop Field Day Scheduled for August 2nd

Dodge County Farmers for Healthy Soil and Healthy Water, a recently formed farmer led group,  will be holding its 1st Annual Field Day with a cover crop focus, on August 2, 2017 at the Dodge County Fairgrounds Livestock Arena located on Highway 33 just east of Beaver Dam.  This day will provide an opportunity to […]

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Concern Over Heavy Rainfall and Nitrogen Management

Concern has arisen about the recent heavy rainfall and nitrogen management.  Over the last five days, Dr. Carrie Laboski has had numerous producers contact her about about N management after heavy rain. Please read her response and solutions her blog at: https://npketc.soils.wisc.edu/2017/06/26/its-rained-again-what-should-i-do-about-nitrogen/. You can also look for it to appear in the Wisconsin Crop Manager […]

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