Farming in difficult times
Updated August 2009
The uncertainty about the depth and length of this current recession, along with the sudden and dramatic effect it's had on agricultural markets, may provide challenges to Wisconsin's farmers.
Extension Responds with information about farming in difficult times.
You can find additional information about farming through difficult times at http://fyi.uwex.edu/farmfinances
Emerald Ash Borer
Updated August 2008
The Emerald Ash Borer, a beetle that attacks and kills ash trees, was found in July 2008 in southeastern Wisconsin, in a private woodlot in Ozaukee County. For more information on Emerald Ash Borer, follow these links:
- UW-Extension Entomology Emerald Ash Borer Resources
- State of Wisconsin's EAB web site
- Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection EAB web site
- Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources EAB web site
Updated June 2008
With the heavy and widespread rains during earyl June 2008, Extension ANRE faculty and staff provide information on resources to deal with flooding, power outages, and general disaster assistance.
Updated August 2007
The National Weather Service reports that “recent dry weather has resulted in drought redevelopment across northern Wisconsin, but showers and thunderstorms are expected to result in some improvement in the short term.” At UW-Extension, crop specialists say that dry spots across the state may pose challenges for Wisconsin farmers.
Extension Responds to the threat of drought with information to help farmers make the most of the situation.
Weather and climate
Updated January 2007
The warm weather in December 2006 led to concerns about stored corn grain beginning to mold. Extension Responds with information to help farmers monitor stored grain for hot spots and mold.
Updated April 2006
Soybean Rust, a potentially devastating fungal disease, was found in Louisiana in November 2004. This was the first report of the disease in the continental U.S. The disease is spread by the wind. Given the right weather conditions next spring or summer, it could blow up to Wisconsin from Louisiana in only a few days. That means Wisconsin growers will need to be prepared for this possibility during the 2006 growing season. Read how Extension Responds.
Hurricane Katrina aftermath
When Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, flooding New Orleans and other communities in Louisiana and Mississippi and interrupting Mississippi River traffic, she added to two already troubling problems for Wisconsin farmers. One: They have too much grain and not enough storage, and the cash price is extremely low. Two, energy prices, already high, are shooting higher because of damage to refineries.
Extension Responds with information about how Wisconsin farmers can cut their losses
updated Fall 2005
- Chronic Wasting Disease Updates and Information
- Foot and Mouth Disease Updates and Information
Recently, a cattle herd in northwest Minnesota was found to have cases of bovine tuberculosis (TB). Michigan and several other states have also had cases. Here’s what you need to know about this disease.
Driving Farm Equipment on Public Roads
Farmers who take equipment out on the public roads are required to have them marked with a U.S. Department of Transportation number. This PowerPoint presentation and fact sheet (PDF), provided by the Wisconsin State Patrol, explain the requirement.
Driving farm equipment on public roads is dangerous. Here’s another PowerPoint presentation provided by the Wisconsin State Patrol that outlines laws and safety precautions.
More than one million acres of alfalfa in Wisconsin have been damaged by winterkill. Wisconsin dairy and livestock farmers may find they are short of feed both this summer and into the coming winter months. Extension Responds with information about alternate forages and management tips.
This year's soybean crop could be under attack by an army of tiny, thirsty insects, soybean aphids. Aphid experts say they have good reason to expect a lot of aphids to appear in Wisconsin fields this year. Extension Responds with information about identifying, scouting, and controlling aphids.
Dairy Herd Health
During late winter and early spring, cattle are prone to a complex set of metabolic problems, pneumonia, and other difficulties that can lead to loss of milk production, expensive veterinary bills, and even the death of some animals.
University of Wisconsin-Extension dairy experts offer advice and information to help keep dairy herds healthy.
Winter Feed Supplies
Throughout the state, farmers wonder if they will have enough feed to see their livestock through the winter and how the freakish weather will affect the nutritional quality of that feed. Read how Extension Responds.
BSE - Mad Cow Disease
Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy
Discovery of a cow with bovine spongiform encephalopathy in the State of Washington on Dec. 9 raises many questions about the safety of our food supply, the economic implications for domestic and international markets and about the way we raise livestock. Extension Responds with information about this important issue.
Natural Gas and Nitrogen Price Increases
Updated Fall 2003
Earlier this summer, some news reports speculated that the price of natural gas, already about 20 percent higher than it was a year ago, could see another huge increase in the coming winter. Since natural gas is the most costly component in the manufacture of nitrogen fertilizer and because much of our electricity is generated by burning natural gas, Wisconsin farmers would suffer a double hit if the price rises again.
Extension Responds with information about the prospects for natural gas prices and supplies and information you can use to help farmers conserve energy and save money.
Stress and Safety
America farm families have a lot on their minds this spring. The combination of worries and stresses and an intense work schedule may put farmers and farm families at risk for work-related injuries and for symptoms of emotional and mental distress.