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Meet Your Local Agriculture Agents/Conozca a sus agentes agrícolas locales

Due to the technological advances and the ever changing world of agriculture, producers and agribusiness clientele are becoming more specialized with a need for more detailed information.  UW-Extension staff needed to accommodate growers and agribusiness needs in order to deliver quality, educational programming.  Therefore, seven counties in central Wisconsin formed the Central Wisconsin Agricultural Specialization […]

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Dried tomatoes

Sick of canning tomatoes or don’t want to can, but also still want to preserve some of the fruit for later?  Try drying tomatoes.

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Safe driving during harvest

With the fall harvest also comes farmers with tractors and equipment on the roads.  When you see a tractor ahead of you, please start slowing down from an adequate distance.  Often the farm equipment is moving slower than you anticipate, so you will catch up quicker than you think you will.  “A passenger car traveling at 55 miles per hour approaches a tractor traveling in the same direction at 15 miles per hour at a rate of 59 feet per second.  If the car does not slow down, it reduces the distance between itself and the tractor by the length of a football field in just 5 seconds.” The average driver of a car traveling at 55 mph would take 224 feet to stop, leaving the driver in the above mentioned scenario only a few seconds to decide to slow down to avoid a collision. 

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Slow down for farm vehicles as we enter the harvest season

Transportation Tidbit: Do not pass in a no passing zone If you will be traveling rural roadways this fall, remember to leave a few minutes early in case you end up following farm equipment. It is illegal to pass farm equipment in a no passing zone, even if it is going less than half the […]

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Floating away

After what was a very long stretch of time without rain this summer, we are now facing the exact opposite problem… with flooding in much of southern Wisconsin, many roads are still closed for safety reasons.  On my way to work this past week I have been seeing standing water in places that I have […]

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Soil Fertility Guidelines for Pastures

As we start to enter the harvest season, it is also a good time to think about completing soil testing for the upcoming growing season. The publication A4034 Soil Fertility Guidelines for Pastures in Wisconsin provides some context about where to test in pastures, where NOT to test, and some general guidelines about liming and […]

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Silvopasture

One of the many challenges that graziers face during the summer is the dreaded “summer slump,” especially on summers with limited rainfall.  There are various strategies that graziers can employ to combat this issue.  A few potential strategies include: lower the animal stocking rate in late summer (which is often not practical), plant annuals which […]

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Flooded Forage and Pastures

For those of you in areas that have flooded, know that plants can survive being submerged underwater for a short period of time.  Cooler temperatures mean that plants can survive longer underwater than in the heat of summer.  For more information on dealing with flooded pastures and forage, view the Team Forage page on flooded […]

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Transitions in Agriculture and UW-Extension

By Katie Wantoch, UW-Extension Agriculture Agent for Dunn County Agriculture has been and continues to be a cyclical business. I have received many questions about the struggles of farming, either from those not involved with agriculture and also those trying to continue farming. How did we get here and how long have we been here? […]

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Short on Pasture?

Are you getting short on pasture?  Take a look at publication A3902, Extending grazing and reducing stored feed needs.

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Understanding Immunity

The concept of immunity is based on an animal’s ability to recognize “self” and “non-self”.  Differentiation between what should be present in the animal and what shouldn’t be (something foreign) allows for the animal’s immune system to neutralize or destroy toxins or invading microorganisms which are “non-self”.  There are two branches of immunity that every […]

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