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Grains Team

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Team Grains educates producers and ag professionals to enhance their management capability to produce and market grain crops profitably, while protecting our soil and water resources.


Grain Crop Agronomy

Integrated Pest Management

Soil Management

Grain Marketing/Economics/Budgets


Grain Crop Agronomy

Resources for on-farm demonstrations

Integrated Pest Management

Resources for on-farm demonstrations

Soil Fertility and Management

Resources for on-farm demonstrations

Grain Marketing/Economics/Budgets



Renewable Fuels

Energy Conservation



Team Forage
Nutrient Management Team
Farm and Risk Management Team
Wisconsin Corn Growers Association
Wisconsin Soybean Association
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection


Work Groups

Grain Crop Agronomy

Contact: Joe Lauer and Kevin Jarek

As crop production systems and crop genetics change, Wisconsin grain producers face new challenges to maximize crop production and/or profitability. In some instances, maximum production is not equal to maximum profitability. In-field research, testing, and demonstration of practices ensure that producers will have solid recommendations as well as providing an effective means for farmers to gain knowledge and skills.

Integrated Pest Management

Contact: Eileen Cullen

The IPM Work Group will focus on the Emerging Soybean Pest Complex in Wisconsin . Several new or newly adapted pests recently emerged within the last several years in WI (soybean aphid, bean leaf beetle, Variant western corn rootworm and glyphosate resistant/tolerant weed escapes). In addition, there are potential future challenges to Wisconsin soybean production such as soybean rust. The work group's strategy will be to provide educational outreach on pests as a Complex in soybeans. Decisions on scouting methods, seed treatments, foliar insecticide timing, soybean planting date, herbicide stewardship, and crop rotation length and diversity all must be made within the context of this pest complex.

Programming will reflect the fact that a grower rarely makes management decisions with only one pest or disease in mind, and the fact that insect populations fluctuations, climate conditions, soil types and location in the state influence how the complex should be managed from year to year. Educational efforts will focus on providing strong pest management decision support and basic IPM practices to grain producers, consultants and agri-business with the goal of improving producer profitability and supporting environmental stewardship efforts.

Soil Fertility and Management
Contact: (vacant)

Maintenance and enhancement of our soil resource is vital to the long-term profitability and productivity of Wisconsin agriculture. Use of appropriate soil, crop and residue management practices can also profoundly enhance the quality of our environment. Lack of widespread use of suitable management practices can lead to physical loss of soil through erosion, decreased soil quality, lack of rotational diversity and a growing dependence on purchased inputs. Changes in Wisconsin agriculture such as more acres of corn harvested for silage, more acres in a corn-soybean rotation and use of heavier and larger equipment are trends that could be detrimental to soils and the environment.

Focused educational efforts and increased adoption of best management practices in the areas of residue management, use of cover crops and maintenance of soil quality will address these concerns. For each of these topics, three resources will be developed for county faculty and staff to utilize in educational programs. These include a protocol for an on-farm demonstration, a fact-sheet, and a power point presentation. These will be made available on the Team Grain website.

Making a difference - Success stories and impact reports

Asian Soybean Rust, a fungal disease, has traveled north from South America and was first observed in the continental United States in 2004. While the disease is unlikely to survive Wisconsin’s winters, its spores can travel rapidly on the wind, threatening Wisconsin’s valuable soybean crop.

PDF file Tracking and Monitoring Soybean Rust

In 2003, individual monitoring efforts came together in the UW-Extension Southeast Wisconsin Variant Western Corn Rootworm Trapping Network. The network is determining the geographical range of the variant rootworms and developing educational programs to share results and management recommendations. The network monitors more than 71 sites in eleven southern Wisconsin counties for rootworm damage in first-year corn and for beetle activity in soybeans.

PDF file Trapping Southeast Wisconsin Variant Western Corn Rootworm

Maintaining and enhancing soil quality is vital to the long-term profitability and productivity of Wisconsin agriculture and to the quality of the environment. Focused educational efforts can help farmers improve management practices in tillage, residue management, and using cover crops to maintain and improve soil quality.

PDF file Wisconsin soil quality outreach


Co Leaders  
Vince Davis, UW-Madison (608) 262-1392
Dean Volenberg, Door County (920) 746-2260
Team Coach  
Greg Andrews, Pierce County (715) 273-6781
Mike Ballweg, Sheboygan County
Jim Leverich, On-Farm Research
Chris Baxter, UW-Platteville, Soil Science
Alan Linnebur, Washington County
Jerry Clark, Chippewa, Eau Claire Counties
Paul Mitchell, UW-Madison
Eileen Cullen, UW-Madison, Entomology
Dwight Mueller, Ag Research Stations
Kevin Erb, UW-Madison, NPM
Richard Proost, UW-Madison NPM
John Gaska, UW-Madison
Mike Rankin, Fond du Lac County
Don Genrich, Adams County
Scott Reuss, Marinette County
Craig Grau, UW-Madison Plant Pathology
Mark Renz, UW-Madison, Agronomy
Bill Halfman, Monroe County
Scott Sanford, UW-Madison, BSE
Brian Hudelson, UW-Madison, Plant Pathology
Kevin Shelly, UW-Madison, NPM
Steve Huntzicker, La Crosse County
Ryan Sterry, Polk County
Kevin Jarek, Outagamie County
Bryan Jensen, UW-Madison, Entomology
Joe Lauer, UW-Madison Agronomy


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