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Cost of Raising Heifers 2013 ICPA Report now Available

The cost of raising dairy replacement calves and heifers is the second largest cost on Wisconsin dairy farms in the production of milk.  Calculating the costs associated with raising dairy calves and heifers is an essential part of dairy business management.  To augment individual dairy calf and heifer cost of production analysis, the dairy industry […]

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Updated Wisconsin Custom Rate Guide Now Available

In late 2013 the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture conducted a statewide survey of what farmers and custom operators were charging for doing field work on a custom for hire basis. The updated summary is now available at this link: 2013 Wisconsin Custom Rate Guide

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Considerations for Buying and Selling Standing Forages

As we move into summer, farmers and landowners may have the opportunity to buy or sell some  standing forages to be harvested as silage or hay. Determining a fair price can be a challenge.  Ideally buying and selling by weight is the most fair way , however this may include weighing all the feed taken […]

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Other ways to sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act

As we all have heard by now, the website that allows you to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as “Obamacare”) is a mess. But that does not mean that you cannot sign up for coverage. In fact, there are three other methods that will get you enrolled. First, […]

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Monroe County Extension gets new FAX Number

Attn: The Monroe County Extension Office is getting a new Fax Number. The new number is 608-366-1809.

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Take the Wisconsin Broadband Survey

Adequate access to broadband internet service is a vital part of quality of life and economic development. Without it, we can’t expect businesses to invest in our communities or to retain our young people. The Public Service Commission, in cooperation with LinkWISCONSIN, has developed a broadband demand survey that is intended to provide a more […]

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Cover Crop Options for Forage for Prevented Plant Acres

This crop season has been a challenge with late spring and excessive rainfall. Add to that the alfalfa winter kill that is problematic in some areas and crops at this point in time are extremely variable across the area. Crop conditions range from some acres with the crops planted in a timely manner looking reasonably […]

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Hot Hay! How Hot Is Too Hot

Putting up first cutting hay is turning into a real challenge this year.  Following are some guidelines from Steve Barnhart, Iowa State Forage Specialist on what to do if hay heats up on you.  It is a good practice to check baled hay 4 or 5 days after baling for its initial temperature rise level. […]

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Late and Prevented Planting Considerations for 2013

The cool wet weather this spring delayed planting for many Wisconsin farmers. The situation raises many questions as to what farmers should do regarding planting the crop late. UW Extension has assembled resources to help provide farmers information to use when making decisions. These resources can be found at the following links: The first link […]

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Nitrogen Fertilizer Considerations for Grass Hayfield and Pasture

Many of us are painfully aware of what hay, and all feed, costs this past winter.  In some areas even finding hay for sale was a challenge. The outlook for this coming year suggests that hay prices are going to remain on the high side through this coming year. Over the past few years it […]

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Maximizing Forage in Winter Injured and Killed Stands in the Spring of 2013

Significant alfalfa stand damage is being reported across Wisconsin and southern Minnesota. The situations vary from low spots only in fields to significant portions of the fields. Dan Undersander, UW Extension Forage Specialist recommends the following options for managing alfalfa fields this spring: 1)      First make sure that “dead” spots are actually dead and not […]

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Scenic Bluffs Health Centers and UW Extension Teaming up to Offer CPR and First Aid Training to Farm Families

Farming is identified as a high risk occupation, right up there with logging, commercial fishing, and mining.  An additional challenge when accidents occur in rural areas is the amount of time that it takes emergency responders to get to the scene of the accident.  Time is critical for minimizing trauma and potentially saving lives when […]

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Pricing Drought Stressed Corn for Silage

Arriving at a fair and equitable price for corn silage is difficult due to the number of factors involved that are dynamic and biologically variable. Some factors include production costs, grain price, harvesting costs, costs of handling, hauling and storage of forage, grain drying costs, fertility and organic matter value of stover, and forage quality […]

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