Mike Ballweg has been the Sheboygan County Crops and Soils Agriculture Agent since 1987. He serves Sheboygan County with specialization in Ozaukee and Washington Counties. Mike has been highly productive in research and educational programing in Crops and Soils, and Commercial Horticulture.
Mike initiated, designed, and conducted extensive research focused on cover crop benefits in grain cropping systems and managing volunteer winter wheat in alfalfa. This research was done in cooperation with State Extension Specialists, UW research and outreach specialist and Graduate students. These research projects resulted in publications in a national peer-reviewed scientific journal (Agronomy Journal), on the Wisconsin Cover Crops website, peer-reviewed NPM fact sheet, a second fact sheet in draft, as well as an article in preparation for the Journal of Agronomy. Mike also presented his findings at numerous U. S. regional, state-wide, eastern Wisconsin area, and local meetings and newsletters.
He has taken a leadership role in providing professional development opportunities for horticulture industry professionals with an annual “Landscape and Grounds Maintenance Short Course”. This is attended by about 130 industry professionals annually; with 98% rating the short course as excellent or good.
Mike has consistently contributed to the University and Profession by serving on the University Committee, serving as Vice-Chair from 2016-17 and currently serves as Chair. Additionally, he serves as Chair of the UW-Extension Department of Agriculture and Life Sciences nominating committee. He is an active member of the Grains, Forage, Nutrient Management and Horticulture teams.
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