The Runoff Risk Advisory Forecast is available at http://www.manureadvisorysystem.wi.gov/ and is part of the Wisconsin Manure Management Advisory System. The runoff forecast provides maps showing short-term runoff risk for daily application planning, taking into account factors including soil moisture, weather forecast, crop cover, snow cover, and slope. In winter, it gives a 10-day outlook day by day. It is updated three times daily by the National Weather Service.
Farmers should contact their crop consultants or county land conservation offices for help identifying alternatives to spreading, such as stacking manure away from lakes or rivers, drinking water wells, or area with sinkholes or exposed bedrock. If farmers must spread manure, crop consultants and county conservationists can help identify fields where the risk is lower. You can find contact information for county conservation offices at datcp.wi.gov, search for conservation directory.
"If you are unable to avoid spreading manure in the coming days, you need to use caution, and know what the conditions are on the fields where you're spreading. A winter spreading plan can help find these lower risk fields," says Amy Callis, Agricultural Nonpoint Source Implementation Coordinator with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. "You need to aim for the best outcome, but plan for the worst. You should also have a plan in place ahead of time about who to call and what steps to take if runoff or a spill occurs. How are you going to get it cleaned up and how are you going to prevent it from happening again?"
Information about preventing and planning for manure spills is available at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/agbusiness/manurespills.html.
UW-Madison Dairy Science to host student open house
The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Dairy Science invites prospective students and their parents to visit campus on Friday, April 11, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., to explore what the program has to offer. High school juniors who are looking to get a head start on their college search and transfer students are encouraged to attend.
Those attending will get a firsthand look at one of the world’s leading dairy science departments as they tour the UW-Madison campus and Dairy Cattle Center, meet faculty, participate in hands-on workshops and learn about the wide variety of learning opportunities available to dairy science majors. Current students and alumni will be on hand to answer questions and share their experiences.