News and Information

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.

NEW  Dairy Producers/Calf Raisers Survey—Please complete!
Dairy Producers/Calf Raisers are being asked to complete a survey for a research study on current animal-care practices for pre-weaned dairy calves in the USA.  The survey should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. If you complete the survey, you can choose to enter a random drawing to win a selection of prizes from our generous sponsors ($50-$200 value):
* Refractometer + $100 gift voucher from Vita Plus (1 available)

* $50 gift voucher form Calf-Tel  (4 available)

* Large Calf Warm-Up jacket from Coburn (6 available)

Go to   to complete the survey.

Your input is very important to us!  Thank you in advance for participating!

Distributed for:  Jennifer Van Os, PhD, Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist, Department of Dairy Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison,

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


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:

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.

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.

Welcome to our new Pod Casts!

Farm Safety
Pasturing Dairy Cattle-Grass Tetany
Alfalfa Stand Assessment  
Bull Selection Final

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

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.

Ag Plastic Video by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board  Click to see how recycling Ag plastic is helping Wisconsin farmers and the environment. 

Ag Plastic Recycling Revolution Plastics Flyer Click for information of receiving a dumpster and free on-farm pick up of Ag Plastics

UW-Extension Podcasts on Heat Stress & Summer Management of a Milking Herd  June 2016

 Economic Impacts of Agriculture in Green County 2014   pdf iconAgriculture 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 Custom Rates and Land Value Information

Ag Land Purchase and Cash Rental Prices 2013 to 2017   pdf icon

WI Custom Rate Guide 2017 pdf icon


Implement Husbandry Information

2015 IoH Permit Process for State, County and Town Roads in Green County

Instructions & Examples for Filling our IoH Permits        Spreadsheet Calculator for Axle & GVW Weight 

IoH Weight and Measurement Chart

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   

UW-Extension Ag Newsletters:  

Green County DHI Newsletters

 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.


Green County Hay Auction Summaries and Pricing Standing Forage

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 – Jan 10, 2020
B & M Auction- Monticello – Dec 20, 2019 
B & M Auction- Monticello – Dec 13, 2019
B & M Auction- Monticello – Dec 6, 2019
B & M Auction- Monticello – Nov 29, 2019
B & M Auction- Monticello – Nov 22, 2019
B & M Auction- Monticello – Nov 15, 2019
B & M Auction- Monticello – Nov 8, 2019
B & M Auction- Monticello – Nov 1, 2019
B & M Auction- Monticello – Oct 25, 2019
B & M Auction- Monticello – Oct 18, 2019
B & M Auction- Monticello – Oct 11, 2019
B & M Auction- Monticello – May 3, 2019
B & M Auction- Monticello – Apr 26, 2019
B & M Auction- Monticello – Apr 19, 2019 
B & M Auction- Monticello – Apr 12, 2019
B & M Auction- Monticello – Apr 5, 2019
B & M Auction- Monticello – Mar 29, 2019
B & M Auction- Monticello – Mar 22, 2019
B & M Auction- Monticello – Mar 15, 2019
B & M Auction- Monticello – Mar 8, 2019
B & M Auction- Monticello – Mar 1, 2019
B & M Auction- Monticello – Feb 22, 2019
B & M Auction- Monticello – Feb 15, 2019
B & M Auction- Monticello – Feb 8, 2019
B & M Auction- Monticello – Jan 25, 2019
B & M Auction- Monticello – Jan 18, 2019
B & M Auction- Monticello – Jan 11, 2019
B & M Auction- Monticello – Jan 4, 2019
   Midwest Hay Price Report
Establishing a Value for 2017 Standing Haypdf icon

Calculate Your Crop Residue Value 
Placing a Value on Corn Stover 2017   pdf icon
Utilizing Corn Stalk Residues for Dairy Cows and Heifers v3.0  pdf icon 


Management Tools: Feed Inventory, Determining Feed Values

Bunker Sizing Feed Inventory Needs 
Tower Silo Capacity w/Refills 
Silo Bag Capacity 
Grain Bin Capacity 
Feed Storage Costs  
Corn Silage Pricing Tool Excel icon
Farmer to Farmer Hay and Forage Exchange: Find Sellers of Hay in the State  Web Link
Fall Cutting Management of Alfalfa  pdf icon

Agronomy Advice – How to Check Corn Yields pdf icon
Pricing Drought Stressed Corn Silagepdf icon

Agriculture Lease Publications & Forms

Farm Land Cash Rental Contract Example Form (Short Form in Word)

Land Lease Contract Fact-Sheet pdf icon

Fixed and Flexible Cash Rental Arrangements For Your Farm (NCFMEC-01) (pdf)

Fixed and Flexible Cash Rental Arrangements For Your Farm (NCFMEC-01A) (pdf fillable form)

Crop Share Rental Arrangements For Your Farm (NCFMEC-02) (pdf)

Crop Share Rental Arrangements For Your Farm (NCFMEC-02A) (pdf fillable form)

Pasture Rental Arrangements For Your Farm (NCFMEC-03) (pdf)

Pasture Rental Arrangements For Your Farm (NCFMEC-03A) (pdf fillable form)

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