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County Ag News
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Written by by Ken Williams, UW-Extension Ag Agent   
Tuesday, May 06, 2014 5:59 AM

Optimum corn planting dates are later ‘Up North’

This year farmers have been challenged by cool, wet conditions during April. Even though planting dates seem like they have been delayed, we still have not passed the optimum planting dates for corn. Wisconsin farmers can plant a large number of acres quickly. Since 1979, there have been five years when 40 percent or more of the acres were planted in one week. Between May 2-9, 1999, and April 30-May 7, 2000, farmers planted 1.5 million acres in one week (42 percent and 44 percent of the acres planted in those years).

 
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Written by by Ken Williams, UW-Extension Ag Agent   
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 5:04 AM

Horses on small acreage

There was a note I came across a while back that stated that there are now more horses in the United States than there were years ago when they were used for farming and for pulling buggies. Today, many people have purchased a few acres, put a fence around it and then bought a horse, or two or three, or more.

 
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 4:17 AM

Cellar Spiders

Most homeowners share their homes with a variety of spiders called Cellar Spiders, Pholcus phalangioides.

 
The Corn-Soybean Rotation Interaction Print E-mail
Written by by Ken Williams, UW-Extension Ag Agent   
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 4:49 AM

Crop rotation is the easiest yield you can get, it’s “the gift that keeps on giving.” Corn yield increases 10 to 19 percent when rotated with soybeans, while soybean yields increase 14 to 23 percent when rotated with corn.

 
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Tuesday, April 08, 2014 7:08 AM

Planting food plots

In Waushara County we have a number of landowners who have purchased property so that they have a place where they can enjoy outdoor activities.

 
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Written by by Ken Williams, UW-Extension Ag Agent   
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 7:21 AM

Organic Matter Needed

The majority of Waushara County has sandy soils that are inherently low in organic matter with less than one percent actual organic matter content compared to dark colored silt loam soils that will normally have an organic matter content of four percent or more.

 
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Tuesday, March 25, 2014 6:31 AM

Why be concerned about Ukraine?

A month ago the U.S. Department of Agriculture predicted that global grain prices would drop this year to their lowest level in five years, due to expanded planting following last decade’s price rises. This prediction may now be completely in error due to the recent developments in Ukraine.

 
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Written by by: Ken Williams, UW-Extension Ag Agent   
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 6:49 AM

What is Periodic Tenancy?

The grain markets over the past few years have increased considerably from levels we had seen as recently as five of ten years ago. The drought of 2012 was probably the cause for most of this increase.

 
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014 4:44 AM

Weather Issues and Concerns

The extremely cold weather this winter has sparked a number of conversations about what effect this will have on any number of areas this spring. I have heard comments concerning insects, planting dates, soil moisture and gardening.

 
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Written by by Ken Williams, UW-Extension Ag Agent   
Tuesday, March 04, 2014 7:10 AM

The 2014 Farm (Food) Bill

The recently passed food bill is 959 pages long and is estimated to cost around $956.4 billion over the next 10 years. While this bill is always listed as “the farm bill” in reality it’s really a food bill for the American people. The food portion of this bill comprises nearly 80 percent of the total cost.

 
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