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2014 Beginning Sheep Shearing School

The annual Beginning Sheep Shearing School will be held on Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7, 2014 at the Sheep Unit, Arlington Agricultural Research Station, Arlington, WI. The school will cover basic shearing skills including sheep handling, shearing positions, wool handling, and equipment care and maintenance. Cost of the school is $80.00 per participant. All equipment will be furnished. Participants can bring their own shearing equipment if they wish. Registration includes lunch both days. Lodging is not included, but a list of local hotels will be provided.

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Nutrient Management Farmer Training Program offered in November

Langlade County UW-Extension and the Land Conservation Department will be holding a series of free nutrient management trainings in November at the Resource Center in Antigo. This three-part class is designed for both farmers beginning a nutrient management plan and farmers who are already writing their own plans. November 6th and 13th participants will learn how to develop a nutrient management plan and learn about its components: nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium fertilization; manure management; and the fundamentals of soil conservation.

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Pricing Wet Corn? UW-Extension has an app for that

It’s that time of the year when Wisconsin dairy and beef producers and Wisconsin corn growers explore their options of buying or selling high moisture shell corn (HMSC). This is especially true this year in the northern two-thirds of the state with so much wet corn still in the field. To help farmers better evaluate their options, the University of Wisconsin-Extension released a Smartphone app this fall to provide a simple way to help estimate the market value of HMSC based on three main variables – dry corn moisture, current corn moisture and price per bushel.

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Corn: Deciding when to harvest corn in 2014

Madison, Wis. – Recent reports from around the state indicate that the corn will have higher moisture contents at harvest than typical years. Reports from the week of Oct. 6-10 indicated that corn was ranging from 23% to 32% with most in the 28-32% range, according to Scott Sanford, University of Wisconsin-Extension/Madison agricultural engineer.

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Implements of Husbandry with Tracks

More tracked vehicles are being manufactured and more tracked vehicles are being used in fields and on roads. Wisconsin law generally requires pneumatic tires on vehicles operated on Wisconsin highways. The requirement, however, does not extend to farm tractors, self-propelled farm implements and implements of husbandry, which may be operated on Wisconsin highways with tracks. WisDOT recommends only rubber tracks be used on roadways to reduce the likelihood of road damage.

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Video series outlines new Implements of Husbandry law

Is my farm equipment Category A, B or C? What’s my per axle weight limit on a state highway? What’s an Ag-CMV? All good questions about Wisconsin’s new Implements of Husbandry law that can be answered in a series of IoH-Act 377 videos produced by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) in conjunction with The Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the University of Wisconsin Extension.

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Soil Sampling Season (on Wisconsin Farms) Is Just Around the Corner

Fall is the ideal time of year to conduct routine soil sampling of your cropland according to Kim Meyer, University of Wisconsin-Madison/Extension’s Nutrient & Pest Management (NPM) Program. Not only are weather conditions typically more favorable for soil sampling as compared to the spring season, but you will then have the winter months to think about upcoming management decisions based on the soil analysis.

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