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Wisconsin 2015 Crop Budget COP Calculator available online

The input costs for growing alfalfa, corn, soybeans, and wheat in Wisconsin are predicted to be mixed in 2015. Crop prices are forecasted to be lower. Fertilizer prices are mixed. Pesticide prices are expected to be slightly higher. Fuel prices should be lower. Seed prices are expected to be stable to lower, according to Ken Barnett, University of Wisconsin-Extension educator emeritus.

“When deciding how much of an input to apply, producers can maximize their investment in that input by considering its marginal rate of return,” said Barnett.

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How to choose your next cover crop

Need some help making a decision on which clover you should use as a cover crop?

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What is your largest phosphorus import?

Phosphorus balance is the amount of actual phosphorus imported into a farm contained in sources such as feed, fertilizer, animals, and bedding less the phosphorus contained in exported milk, animals, feed, and manure. If the imports of phosphorus remain higher than the exports of phosphorus for a period of time, the usual consequence is an elevated level of soil phosphorus in the fields.

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Corn silage quality reflects growing environment

When making decisions regarding which corn genetics to plant for silage or managing the inclusion of corn silage from various growing environments into dairy or beef diets, it is important to understand the natural variation in corn silage quality independent of hybrid genetics.

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Profit Tips: 9 reasons why water quality matters

Management tips for optimizing water consumption

• Provide direct access to clean water as cows exit the milking parlor

• Ensure adequate flow rate to maintain a minimum water depth of 3 inches in the trough

• Provide available trough space of 3.5 linear inches per cow

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Minnesota corn silage trial results available

These trials were conducted across southeastern, central, and west-central Minnesota to provide unbiased and replicated information on the performance of numerous silage hybrids for growers and their advisors.

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Surefire methods to improve total-tract starch digestibility

There has been increased interest over the last few years in maximizing total-tract digestibility of starch from corn fed to dairy cows. This interest was primarily driven by the high price of corn over the last few years. Even with recent sharp decreases in corn prices, dairy producers and nutritionists still see value in improving total-tract starch digestibility as a tool to improve feed efficiency and potentially increase milk yield.

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