New Fact Sheet: Managing Rained-on Alfalfa for Haylage

When alfalfa is rained on after mowing, forage quality and dry matter are lost. Rain amount and intensity are the significant factors affecting the amount of loss: A light drizzle will have little effect (other than to lengthen drying time and increase respiratory losses of starch and sugar.) A prolonged rain additionally will leach out […]

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Alfalfa Quality Monitoring Update (PEAQ)

Below is the PDF of the current Alfalfa Quality Monitoring Worksheet.  Feel free to download and print the handout.  Continue reading below for directions on interpreting the PEAQ results.   May 26 – Alfalfa Quality Monitoring Report Interpreting Alfalfa PEAQ* Results University of Wisconsin-Extension agronomy specialists and dairy scientists recommend the following four steps when […]

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Annual Plant Sale – May 20

The Barron County Master Gardeners ANNUAL PLANT SALE is set for Saturday, May 20, 2017 starting at 8:00am. Located inside the Youth Expo Building at the Barron County Fairgrounds in Rice Lake, shoppers can expect to find a variety of perennials, shrubs, ornamentals and heirloom vegetables for sale. Plant Doctor’s will be available to research […]

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Local Farmers Send Help to Wildfire Victims

  Members of the farming community in Barron County loaded donated hay and fencing equipment on Saturday, March 24th at the United Ag Coop grain facility in Almena to send to fellow farmers and ranchers in need Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.  Farmers and ranchers in that area were ravaged by wildfires which destroyed hundreds […]

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Event: CDL and Waivers- Review and What’s New?

Barron County UW-Extension will host an informational meeting, “CDL and Waivers- UPDATE Review and What’s New?”  on Monday, April 3, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in the Veterans Auditorium of the Barron County Government Center.  Lieutenant Mike Klingenberg Wisconsin State Patrol will be the guest speaker for this program.  Lt. Klingenberg will discuss CDL Classes and […]

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Master Gardeners Announce Grants & Scholarship

The Barron County Master Gardener Volunteers are offering two $150 grants for worthy community garden projects.  Projects must be gardening related and located in Barron County.  The applicant must be a non-profit group or organization. Include the following information in your application:   name and location of the group or organization contact person, phone number […]

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Local Farmers to Help Those Affected by Wildfires

UPDATE:     Original Post: ALMENA, Wis. – Members of the farming community in Barron County are banding together to help fellow farmers and ranchers in need after ravaging wildfires destroyed hundreds of thousands of livestock and acres, in addition to thousands of miles of fencing, in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Kaitlin Hanson, Barron, […]

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Spring is Peak Season for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

A low pathogenic (H5) strain of Avian Influenza has been found in a Barron County commercial turkey flock. This comes after a highly pathogenic (H7) strain was found in a Tennessee commercial chicken flock.  A second flock of chickens at a Tennessee commercial poultry operation has tested positive for avian influenza, though officials say it […]

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