June 5, 2020 10:05 am The 2018-2019 Producer-Led Watershed Protection Grants Impact Report provides information about the successes and challenges of individual producer-led groups to implement conservation practices. Through the Producer-Led Program, farmers and other conservation professionals have a platform to share lessons learned, success stories, and innovative practices for conservation efforts. The program continues to help move conservation forward in Wisconsin through grant funding conservation projects and increasing producer participation. Read more.
June 5, 2020 10:03 am Incorporating cover crops with tillage reportedly results in increased cover crop decomposition rates and increased mineralization of nutrients from cover crop biomass. Multiple studies have reported mixed results for corn-soybean grain yields when planted after cover crops. Read more.
June 4, 2020 8:30 am It was a cool start to the growing season, but with recent warm days crops are catching up fast. Those crops will be needing nutrients as growth booms, and tissue samples can help determine just what the crop needs. Read more.
June 1, 2020 11:45 am Growers choose to utilize cover crops to improve soil health. Reducing soil erosion was the most important reason for 22% of growers, shared by the same percentage who said that improving soil biology was their most important reason. Increasing soil organic matter was the most important reason for 18% of growers. Read more.
May 26, 2020 8:20 am To provide immediate financial assistance to farmers and ranchers impacted by COVID-19, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act provided the agriculture secretary with an immediate $9.5 billion and the Commodity Credit Corporation with a $14 billion replenishment. Combining the existing Commodity Credit Corporation funding of $6.5 billion with the $9.5 billion appropriated, the secretary created a $16 billion Coronavirus Food Assistance Program that will provide direct payments to farmers and ranchers to partially…
May 22, 2020 10:05 am As corn starts to emerge amid cool and wet soil conditions, the potential for nutrient deficiencies is high. Proper diagnosis is the important first step to management. Next is deciding how to manage those deficiencies once they’re started. Here’s a look at four key nutrient deficiencies for the early season and what to do when you spot them. Read more.