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Farm field of corn in the late afternoon/early evening.

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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Century & Sesquicentennial Farm Applications

Century & Sesquicentennial Farm Applications Available Farm and home owners are encouraged to register for a Century or Sesquicentennial Farm and Home Award.  To qualify for the award, the farm or home, in whole or in part, must have been in continuous family ownership in the state of Wisconsin for the past 100 or 150 years.  Title of century property must reside in a […]

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October 2018 Central Wisconsin Agricultural Extension Report

The October edition of the Central Wisconsin Agricultural Extension Report has been released. Inside you will find articles on: Meet two new ag agents Handling flooded and down corn Fall cover crop options Recovering flooded forages Grazing warm season grasses Controlling replacement costs and more

Big bluestem grass about 6.5 feet tall and showing the characteristic "blue" sheen near the nodes.

Grazing warm season grasses

At the end of August I had the opportunity to attend a grazing professional development event hosted in Spooner. Much of the Spooner area has abundantly sandy soils like the soils here in Waushara and Marquette counties, so farmers face similar pasture establishment and summer quantity of forage challenges.  Black Creek Bison has been testing several different warm-season grasses including selected varieties of annual crabgrass, teff grass, switchgrass, little bluestem, and big bluestem.

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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.

Green tractor and wagon on paved road with double solid line being followed by a white SUV.

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 […]

Cattle near a metal ring hay feeder surrounded by muddy tire tracks. Photo by Callum Black / Cattle and mud / CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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 […]

speckled cow on pasture with barn and silos in background.

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 […]

Go to the Grazing Research & Resources website.


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 […]