Wisconsin Custom Rate Guide 2020 – WI-CRate20
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.

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.



Cash Rent Survey

Custom Rate Guides (Most Recent):

High Moisture Shelled Corn:

No-Till Information:

  • On Thursday March 27th, 2014 concluded UW- Extension Pierce County and Pierce County Land Conservation’s No- Till Users Roundtable discussions. To round out the program Dr. Joe Lauer, UW- Extension Corn Agronomist specialist made a guest appearance highlighting crop rotation and tillage interactions, Meta-analysis of No- Till research and strip- tillage research.  As Laurer discussed key management practices for profitable corn production growers had the opportunity to ask questions regarding local trend and research.  Marches roundtable discussion also included a farm bill discussion keying in on Paul Mitchell’s, UW-Extension Agricultural and Applied Economics Associate Professor,  research and Matt Ruark, soil fertility and nutrient management professor, presentations on cover crop management.
  • Handouts: Focus on Nutrients (2) no-till roundtables

Farm Bill:

  • For more information about the 2014 Farm Bill:
  • Deadline to Enroll in Key Farm Bill Safety Net Programs Approaches: Pierce County Farm Service Agency (FSA) Director Robert Forrest reminds farmers and ranchers that they have until Sept. 30 to enroll in several key Farm Bill safety net programs – Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC), Price Loss Coverage (PLC) and the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy).
    FOR MORE INFORMATION: Sept 2015 News Release

Cover Crops:

Pierce County Land Conservation DepartmentPierce County Land Conservation

Farm Service Agency (FSA):

Pierce County alfalfa growers may want to view the latest research on foliar fungicide efficacy, read more……2012 Alfalfa Foliar Fungicide Research Summary 05-30-13

Across Pierce County and some of Wisconsin, alfalfa winter injured and winter killed stands are being reported. Greg Andrews obtained management advice from UW Extension Forage Agronomist Dr. Dan Undersander, read more… Maximizing Forage in Winter Injured and Killed Stands

Late and Prevented Planting Coverage and Replant Provisions for Wisconsin Farmers. Read→ Late_Prevented_Planting By Paul D. Mitchell, Agricultural and Applied Economics, UW Madison/Extension

Selecting the right grass and the right variety is more important than ever. Whether the grass is a mix in your hay seeding, a grassed waterway or a pasture, grasses have their place and can be profitable……. read more→Selecting a grass variety

Land rolling has become a common soil-finishing practice for soybean in Minnesota and throughout the Upper Midwest. The practice has been used for decades in alfalfa and grass seed production to improve germination and manage rocks, but it is relatively new for row crops, where its main purpose is to improve harvesting efficiency and reduce combine damage. Click here Ground Rolling in the MidWest to read more!

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