UW Center for Dairy Profitability plans webinars
The University of Wisconsin-Extension and UW Center for Dairy Profitability are hosting two webinars in March.
Webinar 1: Ag Land Values and Renting Farm Land will be held March 6, 1-2:30 p.m. The webinar will address input costs, flexible rent options and importance of written contracts.
Webinar 2: Farm Bill crop insurance provisions, will be held March 11, 11 a.m. Paul Mitchell, UW-Extension/Madison specialist will provide an update about changes in commodity support and crop insurance changes in the Farm Bill.
For more information about the webinars, contact Arlin Braanstrom, 608-265-3030, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holmes named to interim post at UW-Madison
Brian Holmes, who retired last year after a long career as professor and Extension specialist in biological systems engineering, has been named interim University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agriculture and Life Sciences associate dean for extension and outreach and UW-Extension co-director for Agriculture and Natural Resources. That position opened when John Shutske was named UW-Extension interim provost and vice chancellor.
During his career Holmes worked with UW-Extension agents and farmers and others across the state sharing his expertise in the design of livestock housing, feed storage and other agricultural facilities.
Holmes begins his new position on March 1. He will share the UW-Extension co-director for Agriculture and Natural Resources duties with David Williams, current associate program director.
Consider spring forage options
Last year proved to be a challenging growing season in Minnesota, with a cold, wet spring lasting well into May. In addition to the excessive rainfall and cold spring, producers in some parts of the state experienced alfalfa winterkill, decimating their alfalfa supplies. When July and August came with nary a drop of rain, it restricted forage supplies even more.
Producers looking for ways to maximize forage production this spring have a few options, according to Julie Sievert, University of Minnesota Extension.
Planting a forage with an early harvest date might be the right option for some producers to provide the fastest remediation to short supplies. Some mixes to consider could include an oat/field pea or barley/field pea mix for a nice chopped haylage. Adding field peas to oats or barley can be expected to raise protein by 3 to 5%. By harvesting no later than the early boot stage, a high quality forage that is worthy of a dairy ration can be expected. Pea/oatlage or pea/barlage that is harvested too late will have lower feed value but should be acceptable for dry cow or heifer rations. After chopping, this crop could be followed by silage corn. Read more