Category Archives: Crops

Planting Date and Maturity Group Considerations Moving into a Potentially Early Spring 2017

Dr. Adam Gaspar and Dr. Shawn P. Conley Early May planting in Wisconsin has been documented to increase yield due to increased light interception (Gaspar and Conley, 2015).  Earlier planting dates are able to increase light interception in two ways, … Continue reading

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Hay Desiccants and Preservatives

Dan Undersander, UW-Extension Forage Agronomist Hay preservatives can reduce the spoilage and heating losses from hay baled wetter than optimum. First, it is important to recognize that two totally different types of products with different modes of action are sold: one … Continue reading

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Cutting Alfalfa Very Frequently

Dan Undersander, UW-Extension Forage Agronomist There has been some interest in cutting alfalfa frequently to get very low fiber for dairy rations. We had a study in 2000 and 2001 where we compared 20 alfalfa varieties with and without wheel traffic. … Continue reading

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The Seed Variety Database is Now Live

Badgerbean is proud to introduce a grower-generated database that will allow you to look up seed varieties with identical genetics. We designed this tool for farmers across the country to help each other find the Seed Varieties they need, when they … Continue reading

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Risk and Profitability of Lowering Your Soybean Seeding Rates in 2017

Shawn P. Conley, Soybean and Wheat Extension Specialist Earlier soybean planting coupled with increasing seed costs and higher commodity prices have led to a surge in the number of acres planted with seed treatments (Esker and Conley, 2012). Furthermore, the … Continue reading

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2017 Field Crop Fungicide Efficacy Tables Now Posted

Damon Smith, Extension Field Crops Pathologist, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Wisconsin-Madison The 2017 fungicide efficacy tables are now posted for foliar diseases of corn, soybeans, and small grains. New this year is an added efficacy table for fungicides … Continue reading

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Wisconsin Fruit News, Invasive Insects Supplemental Issue

Janet van Zoeren, Christelle Guédot, and Amaya Atucha, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Departments of Entomology and Horticulture Click here for a supplemental issue on invasive insects of the Wisconsin Fruit News. In it you will find information about:  Spotted wing … Continue reading

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Tips for Nitrogen Management in Winter Wheat

Carrie Laboski, Professor and Extension Soil Fertility/Nutrient Management Specialist In general, apply N early. At 50% of research sites in 2014 to 2016, N application at green-up out yielded application at Zadoks growth stage 30 (GS30, hollow stem – just … Continue reading

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Assessing Your 2017 Winter Wheat Crop Stand and Spring Nitrogen Timing

Top 4 Factors to Consider While Assessing Your 2017 Winter Wheat Crop Stand and Spring Nitrogen Timing Shawn Conley, WI State Soybean and Wheat Extension Specialist As we begin to contemplate spring and the 2017 winter wheat growing season, many … Continue reading

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Videos: Grain Crops Management in Low-Margin Years

We have recorded a series of talks, “Grain Management in Low-Margin Years”, that address how to best handle different aspects of crop production during low-margin years. These were presented by UWEX state specialists last month throughout Wisconsin at meeting hosted by UW Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension … Continue reading

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