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NRCS is conducting a two-day Managed Grazing Certification training where participants will learn the basic principles of pasture management and livestock production. Participants will become familiar with the Prescribed/Managed Grazing Standard in order to assist a producer in developing and...

Madison, Wis. ‒ The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has added a new web interpretation for Wisconsin to the National Web Soil Survey (WSS). The Wisconsin Commodity...

When crop prices are slumping, it isn’t easy to change the norm. Growing corn and soybeans is what many of you know and do all too well. But look closely to see the cracks forming in the corn-soybean foundation that dominates the Midwest. 


Joe Stapleton owns a farm near Spring Green, Wisconsin. He's a conventional farmer, so he does use some chemical herbicides and fertilizers on the fields where he grows corn, soybeans and alfalfa.

But Stapleton also uses cover crops and no-till drilling, practices made popular by organic...

Kaukana — The newly launched Alliance for the Great Lakes project is aiming to have farmers in Brown and Outagamie counties establish 2,000 acres that have a significant portion of perennial forages, or European cool season grasses, during the next three years.

Focused on...

The Department of Soil Science, in conjunction with University of Wisconsin-Cooperative Extension will host eight Soil, Water, & Nutrient Management Meetings around the state, starting Tuesday, November 29 through Friday, December 9. The purpose of these meetings is to...

Advantages and disadvantages to each species planted, looking at different mixes, sharing experience with cover crops
Slake Test
Runoff Potential
Four principles of soil health and how well cover crops fit

10:00 am - Presentations

Soil Health – What’s all the Hype?
Jamie Patton, Shawano County UW-Extension

Growing Cover Crops in Shawano County
Barry Bubolz, Shawano County USDA-NRCS

Cover Crops Research in Wisconsin
Jim Stute, Michael Fields Institute


Introduction: Pat Socha, Owner Pat Socha Farm
Cover crops after silage - research update: Dan Marzu, Lincoln & Marathon Agricultural Educator Heidi Johnson, Dane County Crops and Soils Educator
Cover Crop Economics: Jim Stute, Michael Fields Institute Research Director


Upcoming Cover Crop Field Days: There are several upcoming cover crop field days around the state of Wisconsin. Data from last year's cover crops will be presented and participants will be able to see...