Renovating cool-season pastures for improved grazing
A high-quality forage base is the foundation of every successful grazing operation. Good grazing management and attention to soil fertility are central to keeping pastures healthy and productive, but there are times when renovation is the best option for improving productivity or fixing problems in a pasture.
Determining the value of standing alfalfa in 2023
Alfalfa is known as the “Queen of Forages” given its importance to the Wisconsin dairy and livestock industry. Wisconsin harvests more than one million acres of alfalfa annually. While some of these transactions include weighing every load harvested to ensure fairness to both the buyer and the seller, there are many acres and individual cuttings where both parties agree to a fixed price per acre instead.
The Cutting Edge Podcast Episode #42: Day-Neutral Strawberries and Seedless Table Grapes (Winter Webinar Series)
Amaya Atucha, Associate Professor and Fruit Crop Specialist at UW-Madison, shares the latest research on day-neutral strawberries and table grapes at UW. This episode is the audio recording of a presentation Amaya gave during a winter webinar series. To watch the video recording, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5aIcZaR9qw. Resources For more information on growing fruit in Wisconsin, visit […]
Field Notes Episode 8: Ag, Water, and Processing Vegetables
Guest host Guolong Liang, outreach specialist for the Agriculture Water Quality Program of Extension in the Central Sands of Wisconsin, talks with UW-Madison Horticulture Professor and Extension Specialist Jed Colquhoun, John Ruzicka of Guth Farms in Bancroft, Wisconsin and Dylan Moore, a Seneca Foods Field Representative, about the use of cover crops and no-till to reduce nutrient runoff in canning and processing vegetables.
How much do soil health practices increase soil carbon?
Right now, there are at least a dozen carbon credit companies willing to pay farmers a range of prices to add conservation practices, like cover crops and no-till planting, to their annual crop production systems. Although these companies are paying farmers to implement the conservation practice, what they are really investing in is the additional carbon they expect to be stored (sequestered) in the soil through implementing the practice.
Focus on forage storage management
The fourth Focus on Forage webinar in the 2023 series, Focus on Storage aims to provide WI farms and agricultural professionals with current research-based recommendations regarding hay bale and hay baleage storage and management.
Focus on alternative forages
The third Focus on Forage webinar in the 2023 series features alternative forage production information. Presenters are Bill Halfman, UW-Madison Division of Extension Beef Outreach Specialist; Dr. John Jones, UW Madison Soil Scientist; and Jason Cavadini, UW-Madison Division of Extension Grazing Outreach Specialist.
Estimating Custom Rate for 2023 Wisconsin Farm Operations
As the 2023 crop season get started, landowners and custom service providers are negotiating custom rates, but the newest Custom Rate Guide for Wisconsin is from 2020. Prices have increased a lot over the past three years.
Emerging Crops Lunch and Learn: Day-Neutral Strawberries and Table Grapes
Amaya Atucha, UW-Madison Associate Professor and Extension Fruit Crop Specialist, shares the latest research on day-neutral strawberries and table grapes at UW.
The Cutting Edge Podcast Episode #41: Compeer Financial
Co-hosted with Jacob Grace from the Savanna Institute, this episode features Paul Dietmann, Senior Lending Officer in the Emerging Markets Loan Program at Compeer Financial, who works with farmers marketing their products directly to consumers or in value-added agriculture. Resources Compeer Financial Savanna Institute