Wautoma, WI
Current Conditions
0:56 AM CDT
Rain
Temperature
64°F
Dew Point
61°F
Humidity
90%
Wind
CM at 0 mph
Barometer
30.14 in. F
Visibility
10.00 mi.
Sunrise
06:15 a.m.
Sunset
07:40 p.m.
Morning Forecast (7:00am-12:00pm)
Temperatures will range from 56 to 71 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 4 and 8 miles per hour from the southeast. No precipitation is expected.
7-Day Forecast
Thursday
74°F / 56°F
Light Rain
Friday
84°F / 63°F
Partly Cloudy
Saturday
76°F / 61°F
Light Rain
Sunday
81°F / 61°F
Scattered Showers
Monday
71°F / 53°F
Scattered Showers
Tuesday
76°F / 53°F
Partly Cloudy
Wednesday
79°F / 59°F
Partly Cloudy
Detailed Short Term Forecast
Issued at 0:56 AM CDT
Thursday...Temperatures will range from a high of 74 to a low of 56 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 4 and 13 miles per hour from the eastsoutheast. 0.73 inches of rain are expected.
This Afternoon ...Temperatures will range from 74 to 68 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 8 and 12 miles per hour from the southeast. Rain amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are expected.
This Evening ...Temperatures will range from 64 to 57 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will remain steady around 11 miles per hour from the southeast. Anticipate rain amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch.
Overnight ...Temperatures will range from 57 to 61 degrees with cloudy skies. Winds will range between 4 and 13 miles per hour from the east. Rain amounts of less than a tenth of an inch are expected.
Friday...Temperatures will range from a high of 84 to a low of 63 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 3 and 14 miles per hour from the southsouthwest. 0.28 inches of rain are expected.

Thickes named 2012 MOSES Organic Farmers of the Year

Feb. 23, 2012 | 0 comments

Francis and Susan Thicke honored as 2012 MOSES Organic Farmers of the Year La Crosse The 2012 Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) Organic Farmer of the Year honorees are Francis and Susan Thicke, owners and operators of Radiance Dairy in Fairfield, IA. Since 2003, the annual MOSES Organic Farmer of the Year Award has been presented to an outstanding organic farmer or farm family to recognize those who practice outstanding land stewardship, innovation and outreach. This honor is commemorated during the annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference in La Crosse, which is the largest organic farming conference in the country. Held February 23-25, the Organic Farming Conference is in its 23rd year. The Thickes will share with conference attendees their successful philosophies and strategies on the evening of Thursday, Feb. 23. The Organic Farmer of the Year award will be officially presented to the Thickes at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24. The Thickes purchased their land in 1996, taking on the challenge of healing a worn out and heavily eroded row crop farm. Intense management over many years has resulted in productive land and continually improving soils. Francis recommends that farmers “listen to your inner agronomist, not be so tied to pre-conceived notions, and be more fluid” in making management decisions. Using sound science and their intuition of what is right for both land and animals, the Thickes’ farming style is fun and functional. The natural world and its numerous ecological systems are a continuous source of inspiration and learning for them. Radiance Dairy is in a location well suited for growing grass and raising cattle. The Thickes maximize their grazing by stockpiling grass, with cows out on pasture April through December. A crop rotation including hay and small grains minimizes weed pressure, and the Thickes sometimes need only to cultivate once per season to keep their soybean crop clean. Diverse plantings in and near pastures are designed for conservation, including windbreaks of fruiting trees and shrubs for wildlife habitat. The Thickes serve as the “community dairy” of this Southeastern Iowa college town, marketing the production of their 80-cow organic Jersey herd within four miles of the farm. Value-added products are key to the farm’s profitability. Radiance Dairy organic products include non-homogenized milk, yogurt, several cheeses, and soft-serve ice cream mix for restaurants. By educating others through example, teaching at events and participating in political activities, Francis and Susan Thicke help to build regional and national public support of organic agriculture. MOSES is a non-profit organization working to promote sustainable and organic agriculture through trainings, workshops, educational initiatives, and by providing free resources to farmers striving to produce high-quality, healthful food using organic and sustainable techniques.

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