Agriculture News

Pesticide Certificates expiring 2021 – The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is extending current pesticide applicator certifications until December 31, 2021. Private pesticide applicators with certifications that expire January 31, 2020 – November 30, 2021, can continue to operate as a certified pesticide applicator until December 31, 2021.

No in-person classroom trainings will be offered this winter. A temporary online certification exam will be made available for new applicators. This will allow individuals to receive temporary certification as a private pesticide applicator only until Dec 31, 2021. We will reassess after January 1st, 2021 to determine when in person (self study) testing can resume in Pierce County for new applicators needing certification. Please call after Jan. 1st to see about setting up an appointment for that and what Covid restrictions will be in place. A Self Study test is good for 5 years. Call the office for more information or questions on getting a new PAT Certificate or questions on your expired certification.

Managing a farm during COVID-19 – resources for farm employers and employees – The COVID-19 pandemic has become much more serious and has brought the need for business health, safety and continuity planning to the forefront. Now is the time to communicate with employees and family members regarding plans to keep them safe, healthy, and working. READ MORE HERE


National Farm Safety Information    Every Farmer Counts –


For more than 75 years, the U.S. has observed National Farm Safety and Health Week by Presidential Proclamation. President Roosevelt signed the first observance in 1944 in the middle of World War II, noting the importance of American farmers and ranchers to both the war efforts and as important partners in national and global peace and prosperity.  READ MORE – CLICK HERE FOR MORE


Flooding Impacts Corn Growth and Yield 

Crop Production Management in Low-Margin Years

Low-margin crop production years require a “sharper pencil” to maintain profitability. University of Wisconsin-Madison provides a series of videos designed to help farmers discern key management strategies when prices are low. Follow the link below and choose from nine (9) videos on different management topics. For more information contact your local Extension office.


DATCP’s Wisconsin Farm Center is Here to Help

MADISON – With Wisconsin farmers facing an unprecedented series of challenges brought on by low commodity prices, unfavorable weather patterns, uncertain global markets and now, challenges posed by COVID-19, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) reminds farmers that support, information and resources are available through the Wisconsin Farm Center.

Click on link above or here for more info – 4.7.20FarmCenterRelease 



“With the new IOH rules in place, we have a new condensed outline of information on road authority and when overweight permits are needed” For more info MA permit cheat sheets

Frost Seeding Forages into Established Pastures –  frost_seeding

Publications that may help decisions with harvest: