Author Archives: Roger Schmidt

Biggest Weed Contest at Farm Technology Days in Barron County

Mark Renz, UW-Madison Extension Weed Scientist With cooler weather and rain the Weed Doctors are expecting a bumper crop of large weeds.  Have a weed in your field that you think is a prize winner?  Then cut it down and … Continue reading

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Position opening at Lancaster Agricultural Research Station

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Ag Research Stations is currently recruiting for an assistant superintendent position at the Lancaster Agricultural Research Station.  Lancaster is located in Grant County in the driftless area of Southwest Wisconsin.  This position has primary responsibility for … Continue reading

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UW-Extension/Madison Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic (PDDC) Update

Brian Hudelson, Ann Joy, Erin DeWinter and Joyce Wu, Plant Disease Diagnostics Clinic The PDDC receives samples of many plant and soil samples from around the state.  The following diseases/disorders have been identified at the PDDC from June 8, 2013 … Continue reading

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Armyworms in Corn and Wheat

Eileen Cullen, Extension Entomologist Spring flights of true armyworm moths into Wisconsin resulted in first generation larvae that feed on corn and wheat.  The UW Integrated Pest and Crop Management video below discusses field diagnosis of true armyworm feeding on … Continue reading

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Soybean Aphids Make an Early Appearance

Eileen Cullen, University of Wisconsin Extension Entomologist  It is time to start soybean aphid scouting and be aware of current population densities in your fields to determine if they are increasing. Soybean aphids made an early appearance in WI soybean … Continue reading

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Vegetable Crop Update 10 available

The latest issue, #10 for July 1, 2013, of the Wisconsin Vegetable Crop Update newsletter is now available for download. Also attached is Disease Supplemental #2 and #3, Potato Late Blight Fungicides Registered for WI, 2013, and Managing Late Blight in Organic … Continue reading

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Weed Control Considerations for a Late Spring

Vince M. Davis, UW-Madison Cropping Systems Weed Scientist News flash, it’s been a late, wet, challenging spring for a number of reasons. Okay, that’s not much of a news flash. The USDA-NASS Wisconsin Crop Progress report released today indicates that … Continue reading

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Damping Off and Root Rot of Alfalfa Caused by Phytophthora and Pythium

Carol Groves, Plant Pathology, UW-Madison, Damon L. Smith, Plant Pathology, UW-Madison/Extension Pythiums are probably the most common cause of seedling blight and seed rot in alfalfa, destroying seeds before germination or killing seedlings after emergence.  Phytophthora medicaginis can affect alfalfa plants at all … Continue reading

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IPM Toolkit app updated

IPM Toolkit version 1.2.1 update The IPM Toolkit Version 1.2.1 is available to users for free for iPhones and iPads. Check out this application:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ipm-toolkit/id504685615?mt=8 What’s New in Version 1.2.1 A new playlist has been added for sustainable agriculture videos. The video … Continue reading

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Cover Crops for Forage, Crop Insurance Rules Change

by Paul D. Mitchell, Agricultural and Applied Economics, UW-Madison For the 2013 crop year, the USDA has changed crop insurance rules pertaining to the insurability of crops planted after cover crops.  Wisconsin farmers may want to take advantage of these changes … Continue reading

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