2021 Sheboygan County Clean Sweep

Household and Farm Hazardous Waste Clean Sweep Sheboygan County Farms & Housholds Two dates to choose from: Friday, June 18 – 1:00-4:30 pm – Maywood Environmental Park Saturday, June 19 – 8:00 – 11:00 am – Highway Department Cascade Shed For more information: 2021 Clean Sweep Brochure

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Consultants and Farmers Find Focus on Forage Series High Quality and Applicable

Mike Ballweg and Extension Colleagues from across Wisconsin developed and implemented a series of webinars called Focus on Forage. This series addressed forage production practices that improve dairy’s economic vitality while enhancing environmental stewardship. Forage crops are the backbone of Wisconsin’s $45.6 billion dairy industry, representing 16.4% of Wisconsin’s total, and generating 154,000 jobs. The […]

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Virtual Agronomy Day Program Impacts Change

Approximately 90 area farmers and industry agronomists attended the virtual 2021 Agronomy Day to learn about cropping systems research to improve crop profitability while protecting and improving our soil and water natural resources. This long-standing educational program was well received despite its virtual format. UW-Madison Extension faculty presenting at the 2021 Agronomy Day program included: […]

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Alternative Forages When Alfalfa Fails

Eastern Wisconsin dairy farmers have experienced severe alfalfa winter losses the past several years. As a result, dairy and livestock farmers are looking for alternative forages to grow when traditional forage crops fail. In response, Extension, The Sheboygan County Forage Council, other Local Forage Councils from across Wisconsin, and the Midwest Forage Association, teamed up […]

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Virtual Programming Making a Difference

Due to face-to-face educational programming being canceled in March of 2020, Extension Educators from across Wisconsin developed a new virtual platform for delivering timely agronomic topics. That platform was called Badger Crop Connect. Mike Ballweg, Extension Crop and Soils Agriculture Agent – Sheboygan County, provided statewide leadership for launching this new and innovative program.   The […]

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On-Farm Cover Crop Research Addresses Crop Production & Soil Health

Mike Ballweg, in cooperation with Dr. Matt Ruark, UW-Madison Soil Science Department, and Steve Hoffman, InDepth Agronomy, has recently engaged in a new on-farm cover crop research study. The objective of the study is to better understand how to cover crop management influences crop yields, nutrient management, soil health, and water quality. This three-year study […]

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Extension Explores Climate Change Impacts on Wisconsin’s Cropping Systems

People involved in agriculture across Wisconsin suspect that weather patterns across the Badger State have been changing over the last 50 years.  Dr. Ed Hopkins, Assistant Wisconsin State Climatologist, examined the weather data from the last 50 years to examine that hunch and offers the following summary. Afternoon maximum temperatures around the state during summer […]

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Dry Down Days Monitor Plant Moistures for Improved Animal Performance

Extension Sheboygan County partnered with Adell Coop, Country Visions Coop, Dinamica Generale, and the Sheboygan County Forage Council to hold the 2020 Corn Silage Dry Down Days. Thus far, more than 100 Sheboygan County cornfields have been analyzed for whole plant moistures. Because of varied planting dates, hybrid differences, and the impact of Lake Michigan […]

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