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The mission of this program is to evaluate weed management practices to help Wisconsin growers sustainably control weeds and maximize the production of corn, soybean, small grains, and sweet corn crops. Through integration of applied field research and extension activities, we strive to deliver thorough, unbiased results to Wisconsin crop producers and improve upon the body of scientific weed science literature.

To read the complete blog, please visit the Out of Control page.

Help fight invasive species with the Wisconsin First Detector Network

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University of Wisconsin-Extension’s Mark Renz and Tony Summers will be offering online training to the public on invasive species identification. For more information about the Wisconsin First Detector Network, please read their press release below.

Invasive species are expanding throughout the state of Wisconsin each year. While these species are often overlooked, they are impacting our state’s economy, environment, and even human health. Wisconsin’s First Detector Network (WIFDN) was established in 2014 to train citizen scientists help prevent these impacts by looking for and reporting invasive species. In the inaugural year we trained over 100 people that contributed over 700 hours towards this effort.
In 2015 we are seeking additional members to train (existing members can participate for free). What does it take to become a WIFDN volunteer?
1. Passion for protecting Wisconsin from invasive species

2. Register for training videos/webinars ($30 registration fee, see below)

3. Volunteer 24 hours of service towards invasive species monitoring or education

Participants will receive detailed training on invasive species biology, impacts, and identification as well as the opportunity to participate in projects specifically designed for WIFDN members.
It all begins March 13th with the first of 5 biweekly webinars.
Click here to register for the 2015 WIFDN training. Registration is $30 and open until March 26, 2015. If you cannot afford the registration limited scholarships are available please contact us!
See our website for more details about WIFDN and the training session: fyi.uwex.edu/wifdn
Tony Summers, WIFDN Coordinator; PHONE: 608 262-9570; asummers2@wisc.edu

Triple threat herbicide resistant goosegrass

Researchers from the Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative report on the first confirmed case of a weed, Indian goosegrass (Eleusine indica), resistant to three non-selective herbicides, glufosinate, glyphosate, and paraquat along with several ACCase inhibitor herbicides (Jalaludin et al., 2014). The goosegrass population was initially reported in Malaysia by a vegetable farmer and a planter from an oil palm nursery (Jalaludin et al. 2010).

In the United States, E. indica occurs in forty five of the fifty states. In Wisconsin, populations have been identified in the following counties: Columbia, Dane, Grant, Lafayette, Rock, Kenosha, and Milwaukee. The first documented case of herbicide resistant E. indica was from North Carolina in 1973 and the latest confirmation was in 2011 (Heap, 2015).

The amount of glufosinate to kill half of the tested resistant plants was equivalent to applying 40 fl oz per acre (e.g. Liberty 280 SL). The maximum rate for the season in corn is 36 fl oz per acre. The next generation of plants from the resistant population required 657 fl oz per acre of glyphosate (i.e. Roundup Powermax) to kill half of the tested population. These plants also were twice as resistant to paraquat compared to the susceptible plants. Half of the resistant population survived applications of the ACCase inhibitors- haloxyfop-P-methyl (e.g. Verdict) and fluazifop-P-butyl (e.g. Fusilade).

  1. Heap, I. 2015 The International Survey of Herbicide Resistant Weeds. Online. Available at www.weedscience.org
  2. Jalaludin, A.; Ngim, J.; Baki, BB.; Zazali, A. 2010 “Preliminary findings of potentially resistant goosegrass (Eleusine indica) to glufosinate-ammonium in Malaysia.” Weed Biology and Management 10: 256-260.
  3. Jalaludin, A.; Yu, Q.; Powles, S.B. 2014 “Multiple resistance across glufosinate, glyphosate, paraquat, and ACCase-inhibiting herbicides in an Eleusine indica population” Weed Research 55: 82-89.

For more information about herbicide resistance management, please visit our documents page, video page and/or the TakeAction on Weeds website.

UW-Extension Farm Transition Survey

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University of Wisconsin-Extension is asking for your input about farm transition and succession planning. For more information, see the press release below. To access the survey, go here.

For immediate release: March 20, 2014 Contact: Amy Greil

UW-EXTENSION FARM TRANSITION AND SUCCESSION

PLANNING SURVEY

Farm succession has, by many local and statewide experts, been identified as one the most

urgent issue affecting farmers in Wisconsin. Nearly 6,000 Wisconsin dairy farm operators

(or two of every three) do not have a successor identified, leaving families, communities and

local economies in a state of financial insecurity.

This UW-Extension Farm Transition and Succession Planning Survey has been created

to determine needs regarding farm transition and succession planning for among farm

businesses in the state. Those with knowledge of the day-to-day operations and those who

own farmland are encouraged to participate in the survey. Any type of farm business can

participate in the survey if they are defined as a farm according to IRS definitions ($1,000

gross sales). Not all questions may apply to the situations of individual farms and no

question is required to be completed.

This UW-Extension Farm Transition and Succession Planning Survey was developed in

collaboration with Kenosha, Walworth and Racine Counties Cooperative Extension offices

with financial support from the UW-Extension Farm Team and Center for Dairy Profitability.

Questions about this project can be directed to Peg Reedy (peg.reedy@ces.uwex.edu) 262-

741-4961 or Amy Greil (amy.greil@ces.uwex.edu) 262-857-1935.

The online survey can be accessed at: http://goo.gl/oa0CFG A paper copy can be requested

from UW-Extension Center for Dairy Profitability by calling 608.263.7795 or by e-mail at

jmvander@wisc.edu.

Farm Financial Management Workshops for Women Farmers

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University of Extension Rusk and Taylor counties will be hosting Annie’s Project Financial Management workshops on February 25 and March 4. For more information, read Sandy Stuttgen’s news release below.

February 2015
Contact: Sandy Stuttgen, 715-748-3327, sandy.stuttgen@ces.uwex.edu,

Annie’s Project Financial Management Workshop scheduled for February and March

Medford, Wis. – University of Wisconsin-Extension Rusk and Taylor Counties are hosting a two day Annie’s Project on Farm Financial Management. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 25 and Wednesday, March 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jump River Community Center in Jump River, Wisconsin.

This workshop series is for farm women who are interested in learning or improving their farm financial management, which is part of the fabric of farm life. The series will be inter-active between speakers and participants with in-class exercises.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to Financial Management
  • Records and Recordkeeping Systems
  • Filing Important Family Papers
  • Management Reports including the Balance Sheet and Income Statement
  • Analysis and Interpretation of Financial Statements
  • Benchmarking of Financial Position and Performance
  • Decision Making Tools including Budgets

The cost of the program is $40 which includes materials and lunch both days. Brochures and registration information are available by contacting UW-Extension Taylor County office at 715-748-3327 or http://taylor.uwex.edu/ .

Annie’s project is an opportunity for farm women to learn about farm management skills by providing resources and information to improve farming operations. Class sizes are small which allows for opportunities to network with other farm women in similar situations.

UWEX Using Wood Energy Webinar Series

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Cooperative Extension will be hosting a series of webinars this winter discussing how and why to consider using wood for energy. For more information, please read Scott Sanford’s press release below:

Contact: Scott Sanford, sasanford@wisc.edu, 608-262-5062

Wisconsin Refuels with Wood Energy webinar series scheduled for February – April

Madison, Wis. – Wood is an abundant resource in Wisconsin and can be used to replace fossil fuel that is imported into the state thus creating jobs and keeping money in Wisconsin. Businesses, schools, greenhouses and residences currently using LP gas, heating oil or electricity may be able to reduce their energy cost with the use of efficient wood burning appliances.

The Statewide Wood Energy Team (SWET), a partnership with the U.S. Forest Service to promote the efficient use of wood energy for heating, processing and power, is hosting a series of educational webinars entitled “Wisconsin Refuels with Wood Energy” on the efficient use of wood energy.

The webinars are scheduled for Wednesdays at 1 p.m. from Feb. 18 through April 8. The webinars are free but registration is required.

Topics include:
· How Wood Energy Compares to Fossil Fuels;
· Wood Fuel Types and Combustion Appliances;
· Economics and Case Studies of Wood Combustion Systems;
· Feasibility Assessment Tools;
· Financing Options;
· Wood Fuel Supply and Distribution;
· Industrial Wood Heating and Power Systems
· Cluster Development and District Heating

The webinars will cover everything from a residential wood burning stove to an industrial combined heat and power applications. Businesses using propane, heating oil or electricity for heating, Educators, Economic Development Agents, Rural School District Facility Managers, Municipal Facility Managers, Heating Contractors, Home Owners are encouraged to participate in the webinars.

Go to wisconsinwoodenergy.org under the “Events and news” tab for a link to the registration.

This programming is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Forest Service to establish a Statewide Wood Energy Team (SWET). The SWET aims to expand markets that convert woody biomass into energy, advance installation of commercially viable wood energy systems in public and private facilities, and support wildfire mitigation, forest restoration, urban wood utilization and other forest management goals that utilize Wisconsin woody biomass.

The Core SWET members include the USFS, Wisconsin SEO, UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, UW-Extension, Sustainability Resources Institute, Renewable Resources Solutions, Marth Companies, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and Heating the Midwest. To learn more, please visit: wisconsinwoodenergy.org

Certified Crop Advisor Training Series

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Here is another resource brought to you by University of Wisconsin Extension! Free, online certified crop advisor training videos are available now. In addition to CCA training, they are great for adding to your general knowledge about integrated pest management, soil science, and field and forage crops.

Vince Davis has created a series of weed science videos that can be accessed directly from the videos page.

Glyphosate resistance confirmed in two Wisconsin common waterhemp populations

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Recently, Thomas Butts, a graduate research assistant, and Vince Davis confirmed two herbicide-resistant common waterhemp populations in Wisconsin. The full report is now available. For more information, please visit the WCWS documents page.

Palmer amaranth confirmed glyphosate-resistant in Dane County, Wisconsin

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Thomas Butts, a graduate research assistant, and Vince Davis report a new confirmation of a glyphosate-resistant weed in Wisconsin. Their full report is available here. For more information, please visit the WCWS documents page.