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No-Till, Nitrogen Management, and Soil Health Field Day near Crivitz

Crop producers face many decisions while managing their fields and trying to raise a profitable crop.  Some of the decisions have both economic and environmental ramifications.  Finding methods that both improve profitability and decrease the environmental risk of the practice is imperative to maintaining a sustainable farm. A field day being sponsored by the Marinette County office […]

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Pricing High Moisture Corn for Farm to Farm Sales

Corn harvest season is getting started, with local farms starting to harvest high moisture corn.  High moisture corn (HMC) is the grain after being normally combined, but there is enough moisture in it that it ensiles well, preserving feed quality for livestock.  Harvesting HMC is also more efficient and more environmentally friendly, as farms do […]

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Fall Insect Invaders

Home-owners around the area are starting to experience the annual fall insect hibernation invasions.  The insects most likely to be staging on outside walls and beginning to move into houses, garages, or wall spaces are boxelder bugs, cluster flies, conifer seed bugs, and Multi-colored Asian Lady Beetles.  You may also find wasp species, other insects, […]

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Frost Protection Options

Plants facing the most risk are the ones which are most temperature sensitive, such as basil and melons.  However, anything in the tomato family, any vine crop, and any beans are also likely to face damage potential.  Protecting these types of plants the next couple nights may extend their growing season for a couple more […]

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Fall Activities to Manage Plant Diseases

2020 was a relatively strong plant disease year, again.  High, consistent humidity levels in July and fairly consistent rainfall events in June, July, and early August led to many fungal diseases having banner years.  As the end of the garden season approaches, we can actually do some things in fall to make a big difference […]

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Corn Silage Moistures Indicate Harvest Time is Here or Near

The Marinette office of UW-Madison, Division of Extension, sponsored corn silage moisture monitoring sampling days during September of 2020.  The first of these sample collection days was Tuesday, September 1st.  The other two days were Tuesdays, September 8th and 15th. Results from the first sampling day clearly show that there is quite a bit of […]

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Early Fall Means Local Foods Readily Available

Vegetable harvest is still in high gear, tree fruits are maturing, and livestock based products are also coming into season.  Fall means food, and there are many farms in our area which focus on producing food products and selling directly to consumers.  Whether you want to find a perfect head of cauliflower, a peck of […]

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Apple and Pear Harvest Timing

Most gardeners and homeowners have one or more fruit trees and are starting to wonder when their fruit will be ready for eating, sauce making, or pies!  Some of the earliest maturing apples are already mature, but most apple cultivars and all pear cultivars are still going through the maturation and ripening processes.  There are […]

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Ragweed Season Upon Us

Nearly all people have something that causes allergic reactions within them.  The severity of those reactions and the number of allergens to which each of us is sensitive dictates many aspects of our health during some times of the year.  One of our region’s most common allergens is ragweed pollen, and that season is starting, […]

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Tomato Diseases Affecting Local Gardens

The two most popular home garden vegetables are tomato and potato.  Being close cousins, both get some of the same diseases, and those diseases are causing problems in many area gardens right now. The two most common diseases of tomato are Septoria Leaf Spot and Early Blight.  Although caused by different fungal species, the two […]

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