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NEW! WI Manure Applicator Update
2019 is a year of frustrating challenges for manure application. Early season cold weather is not making things any easier. If there is a silver lining, it’s that the industry and agencies are really working together to help farmers through this difficult time– things go better if the farmer is proactive rather than reacting to a problem the neighbor noticed. While there are no “simple solutions”, there are things to keep in mind over the next few months. For more information, print the WI Manure Applicator Update Nov 2019.
Publication on selecting sires for breeding Dairy Cattle to Beef Bulls — for more information read Considerations for Breeding Dairy Cattle to Beef Breeds for Meat Production
RMA changes forage rules on prevented plant acres
Just a bit ago, the USDA RMA announced relaxation of the rules restricting forage production on prevented plant acres: https://www.rma.usda.gov/Policy-and-Procedure/Bulletins-and-Memos/2019/MGR-19-015
Main point: Farmers only have to wait until after Sept 1 and now can also make silage, haylage or baylage from the cover crop planted on prevented plant acres. Previously, they had to wait until after Nov 1 and could only bale hay or graze the prevented plant acres. This will help many WI farmers dealing with forage shortages due to low hay stocks, winter kill and the wet spring. I will update the 2 page bulletins I put out a month ago and last week.
Ag Plastic Video by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board Click to see how recycling Ag plastic is helping Wisconsin farmers and the environment.
UW-Extension Podcasts on Heat Stress & Summer Management of a Milking Herd https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/agpodcasts June 2016
Agriculture works hard for Green County every day. Family-owned farms, food processors and agriculture-related businesses generate thousands of jobs and millions of dollars of economic activity while contributing to local income and tax revenue.
Farm Resource Guide The Wisconsin’s Farmer’s Resource Guide represents a coordinated effort by state agencies, the University of Wisconsin-Extension, community organizations, farm groups, and churches. It’s purpose is to identify an deliver a wide range of services county by county to farmers and rural citizens.
Changes of Implement of Husbandry Laws Learn the definition of Implement of Husbandry based on Wisconsin Act 377.
Lighting and Marking Requirements for Implements of Husbandry Review the new lighting and marking requirements of implements of husbandry on public roads that went into effect November 2015
The Dairy Partner/El Compañero is a bimonthly newsletter geared towards dairy farm employees. The newsletter is written by UW-Extension agriculture agents and specialists and is available in both English and Spanish to provide information directly to farm employees to help them improve their dairy cattle knowledge, maintain farm safety and improve their way of life. https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/dairypartnerelcompanero/
Hay auctions will be held every Tuesday at Equity Livestock in Monroe, every Friday at the Citco Station in Monticello and the first and third Saturdays of each month in the Carter and Gruenewald lot in Juda. All sales start at noon.
B & M Auction- Monticello – Oct 20, 2023
B & M Auction- Monticello – May 27, 2022
B & M Auction- Monticello – May 20, 2022
B & M Auction- Monticello – May 13, 2022
B & M Auction- Monticello – May 6, 2022
B & M Auction- Monticello – Apr 22, 2022
B & M Auction- Monticello – Apr 15, 2022
B & M Auction- Monticello – Apr 8, 2022
B & M Auction- Monticello – Apr 1, 2022
B & M Auction- Monticello – Mar 18, 2022
B & M Auction- Monticello – Mar 11, 2022
B & M Auction- Monticello – Mar 4, 2022
B & M Auction- Monticello – Feb 25, 2022
B & M Auction- Monticello – Feb 11, 2022
B & M Auction- Monticello – Feb 4, 2022Midwest Hay Price Report
Farmer to Farmer Hay and Forage Exchange: Find Sellers of Hay in the State Web Link Calculate Your Crop Residue Value
Placing a Value on Corn Stover 2017
Utilizing Corn Stalk Residues for Dairy Cows and Heifers v3.0
Bunker Sizing Feed Inventory Needs
Tower Silo Capacity w/Refills
Silo Bag Capacity
Grain Bin Capacity
Feed Storage Costs Corn Silage Pricing Tool 2017 Crop Budget Analyzer Crop Budget Cost Calculator for Wisconsin can help farmers in making their cropping decisions in the upcoming year. It allows producers to construct enterprise budgets for corn, soybeans, alfalfa, and wheat. The optimum date to plant corn in Wisconsin is around May 1 in southern and May 7 in northern Wisconsin. Early planting dates are preferred to later planting dates due to the impact on grain yield and increased drying cost of higher grain moisture in the fall. For more information on the impacts of the growing season, visit the Corn Agronomy webpage. UW-Extension offers the Corn Replant,Late-Plant Decisions in Wisconsin pamphlet for review also.The cold wet spring continues, slowing planting. Late and Prevented Planting Options and Crop Insurance for Farmers fact sheet explains key planting dates for insurance coverage and options for farmers considering using the prevented plant options for their corn or soybeans.
Fall Cutting Management of Alfalfa Agronomy Advice – How to Check Corn Yields
Pricing Drought Stressed Corn Silage
Farm Land Cash Rental Contract Example Form (Short Form in Word)
Fixed and Flexible Cash Rental Arrangements For Your Farm (NCFMEC-01A) (pdf fillable form)
Crop Share Rental Arrangements For Your Farm (NCFMEC-02A) (pdf fillable form)
Pasture Rental Arrangements For Your Farm (NCFMEC-03A) (pdf fillable form)
Farm Center Offers 24/7 Hotline, Other Counseling Resources in New Pilot Program
As of July 1st, 2020, Wisconsin farmers facing increased stress and other challenges can access additional free and confidential counseling resources by contacting the Farm Center at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). As part of a new pilot program, the Farm Center can now connect callers to a 24/7 Farmer Wellness Hotline. The hotline can be reached at 1-888-901-2558. Licenses mental health professionals contracted by the department will provide immediate, in-the-moment care. For more information, read the Farm Center Counseling Press Release.
Feeling stressed? You’re not alone. The farming community is not immune to stress; ongoing economic conditions in agriculture are taking a toll on farm families and their rural communities.
“Understanding stress and how chronic stress impacts all aspects of life and then learning how to manage stress are essential for one’s health and our rural communities” said Trisha Wagner, Farm Management Program Outreach Director, University of Wisconsin-Madison-Extension.
“Stress can negatively affect health, sleep, relationships and communication with others,” said John Shutske, Extension Ag safety specialist at UW-Madison. “Probably the most crucial impact is the way in which chronic stress, developed through the combination of duration and intensity, impacts decision making.”
“Sometimes people can’t recognize signs of stress in themselves; others might sense something is wrong but may not know how to bring it up,” said Joy Kirkpatrick, Extension farm succession specialist at UW-Madison. “Start the conversation by talking with family and friends about stress and the changes that might need to happen.”
Extension helps farmers, families, businesses, and communities remain resilient by learning how to manage stress and use planning tools to make sound decisions and create a road-map for the future. Find Extension resources online at https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/farmstress/
- Sell or Buy Forage Farmer Exchange
- UW-Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources
- Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR)
- Wisconsin Farm Service Agency
- UW-Extension Poultry Site
- Ag Plastic Recycling Revolution Plastics Flyer Click for information of receiving a dumpster and free on-farm pick up of Ag Plastics
For more information, contact Jackie McCarville, Extension Green County Agriculture Educator at 6085-328-9440 or email@example.com