Calf Heat Stress, Hay Market, Herbicide-Resistant Weeds, and Farm Leases
Calf Heat Stress, Hay Market, Herbicide-Resistant Weeds, and Farm Leases
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Week of June 21, 2021
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Video: Calves Feel the Heat Too!

As part of the UW-Madison Extension Dairy Program, Fond du Lac County Dairy & Livestock Agent Tina Kohlman co-developed a video on “Pre-Weaned Calf Heat Abatement”.
There are many low-cost options and best management practices that can be adopted to minimize the impact of heat stress on pre-weaned calves:
  • Provide shade
  • Reduce stocking density
  • Improve airflow and movement
  • Access to ample, fresh, cool water
  • Maintain clean, dry bedding
  • Increase the plane of nutrition 
  • Offer fresh feed 
  • Feed calves before and after peak heat and  humidity
  • Minimize mold, algae, and bacteria growth
  • Perform stressful activities during cooler, early morning hours
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Photo: A. Bjurstrom
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Hay Market Report: June 14, 2021

In Wisconsin, prices are steady for dairy quality hay. Lower quality or higher moisture hay is being discounted. The next Hay Market Demand and Price Report for the Upper Midwest will be posted by Tuesday, June 29, 2021.
If you have excess straw, hay, or forages to sell or are looking to buy forage, connect to the Farmer-to-Farmer webpage to place an ad. Contact us if you need help placing an ad. There is no charge for the service.
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Video: Three Herbicide Resistant Weeds

Can you name the top three herbicide-resistant weeds in Wisconsin? In this tailgate talk with Damon and Rodrigo, you will find out if your guesses are correct. In addition, Dr. Werle offers control options to consider for these difficult to control weeds.
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What You Should Know About Farm Leases

Many questions have come in lately regarding land and farm leases. There is no cookie-cutter answer on lease agreements and fees. One thing to consider is having a written agreement to ensure all parties know who is responsible for what when it comes to repairs and maintenance. Find out more in the "What you should know about farm leases" factsheet.
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The purpose of Sporecaster is to assist farmers in making management decisions for white mold in soybean. Farmers can easily input site-specific information about their soybean field into this app, which combines this information with research-based models to predict the best timing for white mold treatment.
upcoming events

Conservation Agriculture Field Day

June 23 | 10:00AM-2:00PM

Join Between the Lakes Demonstration Farm Network for a field day to learn about conservation agriculture practices. They’ll cover soil health principles, practices local producers are using, planting equipment, cost-share options, and a few other topics. Full event details are available online or by calling 608-590-5758.
Registration closes June 16 @5:00pm.
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Badger Crop Connect: Soybean & Disease Update

June 23 | 12:30-1:30PM

This series provides agronomists, crop consultants, and farmers timely crop updates for Wisconsin. Badger Crop Connect is hosted by Extension Crops and Soils educators.
The June 23 Agenda includes: Managing Corn Diseases for Profits and When Will Soybean Fungicides Pay? and Local Update. CCA CEUs available: 1.0 IPM. 
There is no charge for attending the series but you must register online.
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