The U.W. Extension agent is the key link

Since Wisconsin Farm Technology Days is actually a project of University of Wisconsin-Extension, the U.W. Extension Agriculture Agent in the host county is automatically the Executive Secretary of the show. Those duties fall to Heidi Johnson this year. She actually came to Dane County after they were selected to host the show and just before… Read more »

A full schedule in the horse arena

The horse arena has become one of the “destination places” at Wisconsin Farm Technology Days. Wisconsin Horse Council president Nancy Edwards says the main focus is education and youth this year. They have a number of nationally-known clinicians scheduled each day dealing with everything from communicating with a horse to rescuing horses in emergencies such… Read more »

Linking the farm and family

One of the big tents in the center of Tent City is the Family Living Tent. In fact, it all starts with the opening ceremony in the Family Living Tent. Jill Makovec is chair, she says it is all about the host family, the family connections within agriculture and how to incorporate agriculture into your… Read more »

It is all about education

Among the collection of large tents in the middle of Tent City each year is the Youth Tent. Krist Kvalheim says they have activities for toddlers-on-up. Dane County ag teachers and students are running the activities both inside and outside the tent. From horse fitting to pedal tractor pulls the tent features hands-on opportunities for… Read more »

Rains in southeast Minnesota help to finish crop

Recent rains in southeast Minnesota came at a great time for corn and soybeans. DuPont Pioneer field agronomist Brian Buck was at an event in Grand Meadow Thursday and said the moisture followed some heat the weekend before. “We were starting to see a few fields in the really dry spots starting to melt down… Read more »

‘Tis the season for Sudden Death Syndrome

‘Tis the season for Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) in soybeans. Brad Skifter, owner of SKG Ag Services in Grand Meadow, Minnesota, says farmers will notice the symptoms while scouting “The beans will show green and the rest of the plant turning yellow.  Other diseases and fertilizer deficiencies can also do that.  But for the most… Read more »

Preparing for avian flu this fall

  The poultry industry and USDA are preparing for another flare up of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) this fall. Dr. Marianne Ash, director of animal health programs for the Indiana Board of Animal Health says the last reported case was in Iowa in June.  “There’s a great concern we might get a reintroduction of… Read more »

White mold showing up in Minnesota soybean fields

A field agronomist in southwest Minnesota says he is hearing reports of white mold in soybean fields. Clyde Tiffany with DuPont Pioneer tells Brownfield his area has had very good vegetative growth, meaning the plants tend to get very tall. “The downside of that is you get a very wet canopy.  A wet canopy allows… Read more »

White mold not as problematic as 2014

A wet June had many dry bean growers concerned about quality, however the Michigan Dry Bean Research Board says timely rains in July and August are helping the crop along. Research Director Greg Varner says those rains have led to some disease issues, but white mold pressure is not nearly as rampant as last year…. Read more »

August is the month for soybeans

  A Purdue Extension soybean specialist says there is hope for the soybean crop. Shaun Casteel says the growing season didn’t get off to a great start – but growing conditions have improved.  “Now we get to the point that beans are starting to dry out and they have good nitrogen supply from the nodules,”… Read more »