Author Archives: Roger Schmidt

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: 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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UW-River Falls Field Scout Training Class

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls, UW-Extension and the Integrated Pest Management Program are co-sponsoring the IPM Field Scout Training Class which will be held on the UW-River Falls campus, March 27-28, 2013.  This training session will provide instruction on several … Continue reading

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New Extension Fruit Crop Entomologist at UW-Madison

Dr. Christelle Guédot has joined the Department of Entomology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as the new fruit crop extension entomologist. Christelle Guédot grew up in Montpellier, southern France, where she obtained her undergraduate degree in physiology and cell biology … Continue reading

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Commercial pesticide applicators can schedule certification exams online

Commercial pesticide applicators can now schedule their certification exams online, which means they no longer need to call during office hours to register for the tests. Commercial applicators in all categories can go to to register to take the … Continue reading

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Is it legal to use a cover crop as a forage crop? Maybe Not

Is it legal to use a cover crop as a forage crop? Maybe NOT… Vince M. Davis, Department of Agronomy, UW-Madison/Extension There are a lot of people interested in establishing cover crops with the intention of harvesting them as an … Continue reading

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Emergency forage and crop insurance rules

Paul D. Mitchell, Agricultural and Applied Economics, UW-Madison/Extension This year, many Wisconsin farmers are looking to plant a late summer/early fall crop to produce some extra forage or simply as a cover crop. This bulletin reminds farmers of crop insurance rules so … Continue reading

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Corn Pollination: How to determine success under stress (video)

Dr. Joe Lauer, University of Wisconsin Corn Agronomist, takes you into the field to show you how to determine if pollination has occurred using the ear shake test. By knowing if pollination has been successful or not, a grower can … Continue reading

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Two new NPM apps for Android smartphones

The University of Wisconsin Nutrient and Pest Management Program has just released two apps for users of Android smartphones. These apps, which were introduced last year for iPhone and iPad, are now available at the Google market for free installation … Continue reading

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