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2022 Electromagnetic (AEM) Survey

The survey will use airborne electromagnetic (AEM) technology to better understand how surface water and groundwater are connected, and the geometry of different aquifer units. To accomplish this, AEM data will be collected to image surficial confining units, shallow aquifers, and bedrock units. The use of a helicopter-towed AEM sensor (looks like a large hoop hanging from a cable) for this type of evaluation uses cutting-edge technology and provides accurate science-based data about below-ground properties that are otherwise difficult to assess over large areas. This project is in response to public feedback on groundwater quality, limited data on depth to bedrock, and to further define aquifer properties in relation to surface activities.

link to USGS website for more information

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2021 Soil, Water & Nutrient Management Updates

The 2021 Soil, Water and Nutrient Management Meetings will be virtual. Two sessions are offered as listed below. There will be four speakers, with 5-minute breaks between speakers. CEUs will be available for Certified Crop Advisers (2.0 in Soil and Water Management, and 1.5 in Nutrient Management). The event is free of charge. Registration is required.

Topics:

  • DATCP Nutrient Management Update – DATCP staff
  • Carbon markets from a soil scientist’s point of view – Francisco Arriaga
  • Strategies for reducing soil and nutrient losses in runoff – Francisco Arriaga
  • Trends in P runoff from Wisconsin farms – Matt Ruark
  • Cover crop research update – Matt Ruark
  • Preliminary evaluation of alternative soil test methods for profitable crop production – Carrie Laboski
  • Strategies for managing nutrients when fertilizer prices are extremely high – Carrie Laboski

Monday, December 6th, 2021 –12:30pm – 3:55pm
Jamie Patton and Dan Marzu, Outreach Specialists

Monday, December 10th, 2021 — 8:30am-11:55am
Jamie Patton and Dan Marzu, Outreach Specialists

Register by December 4th, https://forms.gle/oK1pya2qqWrcYSB26  
Link to the virtual meeting will be sent by Email before the meeting starts.

Contact Francisco Arriaga (farriaga@wisc.edu), Dan Marzu (dan.marzu@wisc.edu), or Jamie Patton (jjpatton2@wisc.edu) with questions about the meeting or registration.

Precision Decisions

 

Precision Decisions: Refining Farm Profitability on Cropland

Free online webinar

Monday December 6, Noon- 1:15pm

Farm fields are not created equal. Variations in soil, slope, depth, moisture, and shade mean some areas of a field may actually be losing you money year after year.

Join us to learn how farms of all sizes and budgets can use their farm-specific information to identify areas where management changes or voluntary conservation programs can improve efficiency and profitability.

Local farmers and experts from UW-Madison Extension and Pheasants Forever will discuss and answer questions about:
• How variations in soils affect your crops
• Using yield and profit maps to identify underperforming areas
• Choosing alternatives that fit your operation and goals
• How to get started, including technology and equipment options
• Resources and programs that can help

FREE but registration is required. Register online at https://go.wisc.edu/ma1e3s or contact the Iowa County Land Conservation Department at 608-930-9891.

Certified Crop Advisor CEUs have been applied for.

Brought to you by the UW-Madison Division of Extension, UW-Madison Nutrient and Pest Management Program, Pheasants Forever, and County Conservation Departments of Iowa, Grant, Green, and Lafayette Counties.

Dec 6, 2021 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

Leasing and Your Land Webinar Series

Leasing and Your Land: A free webinar series for farmland owners Link to recordings
Local Extension and County Conservation staff will host a series of webinars the evenings of November 9, 11, and 16 for landowners who rent out land for farming in Iowa, Grant, Green, and Lafayette Counties.
Soil is one of the most important assets of land, but it’s not always obvious how to work with an operator to protect it. In this series, presenters will start at the beginning to help landowners better understand soil, conservation practices, and developing a good lease.
The first session, “Understanding Your Farmland,” will be Monday November 9 from 6:30-7:30 PM. Topics include the connection between land use and water quality, basics of soil types, soil productivity and limitations, soil fertility, and how to use the Web Soil Survey
The second session, “Protecting Soil and Water,” will be Wednesday November 11 from 6:30-7:30PM. Topics include soil health, manure applications, basics of conservation practices (including cover crops and reduced tillage), and farmland programs and regulations.
The third session, “Developing a Farmland Lease,” will be Monday November 16 from 6:30-7:30PM. Topics include the importance of a multi-year, written lease, the economics of crop production, what goes into a good lease, and considerations for a fair price. A local landowner and an operator will also give their perspectives. Link to recording

Green County Poster Contest Winners Announced

The Green County Land and Water Conservation Department held its annual conservation poster contest. The conservation poster contest is open to kindergarten through twelfth grade students. Students are broken into five grade categories. Posters are evaluated on the...

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Aug 7 Summer Field Day

The second annual summer field day organized by the Farmers of the Sugar River will be held at Truttmann Dairy LLC located at N9682 County J, Blanchardville on Wednesday, August 7. Farmers and interested public are encouraged to attend. Registration, milk and cookies...

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2019 Youth Poster Contest Results

2019 Youth Poster Contest Results

The 1st place poster in each category goes on to the Southern Area contest.  More information about our Youth Poster Content > Grades K – 1 1st Place Taralyn Gratz Kindergarten Monroe Northside Grades 2 – 3 1st Place Emiliano Torres Grade 3...

read more

Leasing and Your Land Webinar Series

Leasing and Your Land: A free webinar series for farmland owners Link to recordings
Local Extension and County Conservation staff will host a series of webinars the evenings of November 9, 11, and 16 for landowners who rent out land for farming in Iowa, Grant, Green, and Lafayette Counties.
Soil is one of the most important assets of land, but it’s not always obvious how to work with an operator to protect it. In this series, presenters will start at the beginning to help landowners better understand soil, conservation practices, and developing a good lease.
The first session, “Understanding Your Farmland,” will be Monday November 9 from 6:30-7:30 PM. Topics include the connection between land use and water quality, basics of soil types, soil productivity and limitations, soil fertility, and how to use the Web Soil Survey
The second session, “Protecting Soil and Water,” will be Wednesday November 11 from 6:30-7:30PM. Topics include soil health, manure applications, basics of conservation practices (including cover crops and reduced tillage), and farmland programs and regulations.
The third session, “Developing a Farmland Lease,” will be Monday November 16 from 6:30-7:30PM. Topics include the importance of a multi-year, written lease, the economics of crop production, what goes into a good lease, and considerations for a fair price. A local landowner and an operator will also give their perspectives. Link to recording

Green County Poster Contest Winners Announced

The Green County Land and Water Conservation Department held its annual conservation poster contest. The conservation poster contest is open to kindergarten through twelfth grade students. Students are broken into five grade categories. Posters are evaluated on the...

read more

Aug 7 Summer Field Day

The second annual summer field day organized by the Farmers of the Sugar River will be held at Truttmann Dairy LLC located at N9682 County J, Blanchardville on Wednesday, August 7. Farmers and interested public are encouraged to attend. Registration, milk and cookies...

read more
2019 Youth Poster Contest Results

2019 Youth Poster Contest Results

The 1st place poster in each category goes on to the Southern Area contest.  More information about our Youth Poster Content > Grades K – 1 1st Place Taralyn Gratz Kindergarten Monroe Northside Grades 2 – 3 1st Place Emiliano Torres Grade 3...

read more