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Wet spring challenges farmers

May 14, 2019

Steve Okonek, UW-Extension agricultural educator in Trempealeau County, said corn planting typically begins in late April. But only a few acres have been planted in his county. Many farmers are still hauling manure or spreading fertilizer as they prepare their fields.


Clark, Marathon counties celebrate dairy tradition

The Country Today

May 13, 2019

UW-Extension Clark County Agricultural Educator Richard Halopka said that, like the rest of the state, Clark County’s dairy farm numbers are down, but he credited the organizing committees with pulling together hosts for the breakfasts.


Crawford County Well Test Results Reviewed

SW News

May 9, 2019

On a snowy Saturday, April 27, about 30 local residents gathered to hear Dr. Kevin Masarik, UW-Extension Groundwater Education Specialist, discuss high level results of a recent round of well testing.


Wet Weather Delays Planting For Wisconsin Farms

Wisconsin Public Radio

May 9, 2019

Joe Lauer, an agronomist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said more rain this week means farmers will likely have to continue waiting.  He warns planting late can have a big impact on the crop.

Shawn Conley, a soybean and small grains specialist for UW-Extension, said farmers will likely face some tough decisions about what to plant this year given current trade tensions.


Tough times for farmers prompt effort to support them

Ozaukee Press

May 8, 2019

These are tough times for local farmers, especially dairy farmers, as milk prices have continued to be low. And that brings a lot of stress on farmers’ finances, their families and their mental state, leading many to consider getting out of farming altogether, says Stephanie Plaster, an agriculture educator with the Ozaukee County University of Wisconsin Extension office.


Learn to protect drinking water

Milton Courier

May 7, 2019

Gov. Tony Evers launched this year’s initiative, which unites the DNR and other water resource organizations, nationwide, in a common message, focusing on ways water consumers can take personal responsibility for caring for their tap water and protecting it at its source, the release stated.

In Rock County, that source is groundwater, said UW-Stevens Point and Madison-based UW-Extension Groundwater Education Specialist Kevin Masarik.


The cost of farming in 2019 forces Wisconsin farmers into new lifestyle


May 6, 2019

A major factor in those distressed prices is the cost of production, that’s according to Simon Jette Nantel a farm management specialist at the UW-Extension. “As soon as there is new technology and new knowledge, that allows producers to start lowering their costs, then you can expect the market price to come down,” Jette Nantel said.


Farmers behind on planting, still optimistic

Fox 11 News

May 3, 2019

“The alfalfa is a bit of a concern, just because there’s quite a bit of winter kill, not throughout the entire county, but you see some areas where there’s some patches of winter kill,” explained University of Wisconsin-Extension Calumet County agriculture educator Amber O’Brien.


IN DEPTH: Organizations work to make fresh fruits, vegetables accessible

Portage Daily Register

May 3, 2019

Caitlin Richardson, FoodWise coordinator for the University of Wisconsin-Extension in Columbia, Dodge and Sauk counties, said one overlooked barrier in Portage is the location of all three of the community’s large grocery markets (Aldi, Festival Foods and Walmart) on one end of the city — the north end. That makes it a challenge for people who do not have easy or reliable transportation to shop at a store that offers a vast selection of fresh produce.