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Pricing Hay? Try the New UW-Extension App

Waupaca, Wis. – It’s that time of the year when fresh mowed hay fills the air across Wisconsin, which also means many farmers and rural neighbors will be negotiating the sale of standing hay. An estimated 2.5 million acres of dry hay and haylage are harvested each year in this state with baled hay alone accounting for $80-$100 million in market sales. Unfortunately, there is not an established commodity market for hay like there is for corn or soybeans. Finding reliable hay market information can be a challenge, and trying to value standing hay whiles it’s still in the field can be even more difficult.

To help farmers and landowners identify the price of hay, and/or negotiate the sale or purchase of standing hay, a UW-Extension educator just published a free Smartphone app that can quickly find hay price information. Users of this app can also enter projected hay yield, cutting schedule and harvest costs to calculate a standing value per acre.

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UW-Extension field crop management videos provide information to farmers in the field

Madison, Wis. – The more information farmers have about farming, the more successful they might be. Growers often combine experience and science when making management decisions. However, finding the time to read textbooks or long journal articles can be challenging, so University of Wisconsin- Extension specialists recorded videos with the most up-to-date information about crop production, pest management, soil and water conservation and nutrient management. The videos are available on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/user/uwipm/playlists

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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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Landowners Statement & Written Leases

Importance of Written Leases Over the last couple years we have seen significant increases in market prices for corn, soybeans and wheat. This increase has resulted in a number of instances that I am aware of where a farmer may have thought he had an agreement to lease or rent farmland only to have the […]