Youth Tractor/Machinery Safety Certification Training Offered

The Marinette and Oconto offices of UW-Madison, Division of Extension, are offering certification training for the youth Tractor & Machinery Safety permit.  Youth that are between the ages of 12 and 16 need to have this certification to be able to legally drive any type of farm implement or tractor on public roadways when working for […]

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Rose Chafers Coming to a Plant Near You!

The annual late-spring invasion of mid-sized, metallic tan beetles with orange legs has begun in our area.  Seemingly overnight, they will appear and begin heavy feeding on roses, raspberries, grapes, apple trees, and many other trees and shrubs.  The beetle that pulls this magic appearing act is the rose chafer, a native species that does best in […]

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Summer 2021 Sessions of Badger Crop Connect!

We are moving into the next set of webinars for the Badger Crop Connect. We are continuing the 2021 series into the summer with webinars on weed and disease management, alternative forages, cover crops, and corn silage to name a few. Register for the summer sessions here: https://go.wisc.edu/bccsummer2021. The summer session will run from June till August […]

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Food Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Development (FEED) Project Virtual Summer 2021 Workshop Series

The Community Food Systems program is offering a June workshop series that may be of interest to businesses or partners in your communities.  The series is designed to support an ecosystem of food entrepreneurship across the state.  Registration is free for this program series. Food Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Development (FEED) Project Virtual Summer 2021 Workshop Series Learn tips […]

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Area Alfalfa Fields Ready for Harvest

The Oconto and Marinette County Alfalfa Quality Monitoring Project collected data from 16 fields in the two counties Monday, May 25.  Alfalfa maturity and growth have progressed to the point such that dairy farms in most of the two county area are able to begin harvesting either right away or by the end of the […]

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Alfalfa First Crop Harvest Starting Soon!

Area dairy farms are finishing up planting season and getting ready to start harvest season.  The first crop of perennial forages, such as alfalfa and perennial grasses, is starting in our two county area this week, and will continue into early June. Why the range in harvest timing?  Every farm has forage quality goals that they want […]

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How do Pesticides Affect Pollinators and Songbirds in Your Yard?

Join us for a free webinar on Tuesday, June 1 from 12:00-1:00 pm. Maybe you’ve heard news stories about declines in pollinators and songbirds. In this webinar, we’ll take a look at what research studies have found about how pesticides affect pollinators and songbirds, and then check out examples of what people have done to help […]

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Insect Pest Management in Small Gardens

Join us for a free webinar on Thursday, June 17 from 6:30-7:30 pm. Do you have raised bed gardens, plants in containers, or a small community garden plot? Have you also dealt with insects and want to know how to reduce their damage? If so, this talk is for you. This webinar will discuss a […]

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Plant Pest Clinic Offered in Oconto Extension Office

All managed plants are affected by pests, whether a vegetable garden, fruit orchard, corn field, or landscape beds.  Properly managing those pests usually requires knowing what insect, disease, or animal is actually afflicting your plants.  The Oconto County office of UW-Madison, Division of Extension, is providing in-person opportunities to help you get plant management advice, including plant […]

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Bake Before You Bite

Even more evidence this week from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) of the importance of cooking flour-containing products before eating. National foodborne illness outbreaks in 2016 and again in 2019 tied to pathogenic E. coli have been linked to consumers eating raw dough or batter.  An outbreak report released this week indicated that several people interviewed admitted to […]

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