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Monroe County Home and Farm Clean Sweep Scheduled for April 26

Monroe County Solid Waste will be holding a Clean Sweep for Home and Farm at the County land fill on Saturday April 26 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. Agricultural Plastics will be accepted at the Clean Sweep Details and contact information can be found on the flyer: Monroe County Clean Sweep Flyer (pdf)

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Tractor and Machinery Safety to be Offered June 23rd through the 25th

Tractor and Machinery Safety to be Offered June 23rd through the 25th

The Tractor Safety and Certification Course will be held on June 23-25, 2014 at the Barney Center, 1000 E. Montgomery St., Sparta.  The course will again be a joint effort with La Crosse and Monroe County Extension Offices and local county Ag Teachers.  The course will run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.  […]

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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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2013 Hybrid and Variety Trial Results Now Available.

Hybrid and variety selection is a huge step to next year’s profitability.  When looking at University corn hybrid trials it is not uncommon to see close to a 70 bushel per acre yield difference between the highest  and the lowest yielding hybrids in many of the trials.   At $4.00 per bushel that is a $280 […]

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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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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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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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