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Knee-high by the Fourth of July?

July 3, 2013 | 0 comments


The unseasonably cold and wet spring and, so far, wet beginning of summer has left farmers all around the state frustrated.

Mike Stanek, the University of Wisconsin-Extension crops and soils agent in Dodge County, says the conditions in fields in southern Wisconsin could be improved by cover crops and alternative forage options.

While some fields that were planted early enough seem to be in fairly good shape, considering the cold wet weather, others haven’t done well at all.

Wet surfaces so far have resulted in shallow root systems, just the opposite of what the corn did last year when it reached deep into the soil profile in search of moisture.

Stanek says only about 80 percent of the cornfields were planted this season and he suggests that farmers plant cover crops on the fields that were too wet for corn.

The choice of cover crop depends on whether the grower needs it for feed for dairy or beef cattle or if it is just to cover the ground to prevent erosion and feed the soil for the next crop.

Stanek says alfalfa has also suffered this year, first from the after effects of last year’s drought, then from winter kill where ice formed on fields for a long period of time, and now from wet weather that delays harvest.

Many farmers have done further damage to their fields by being forced to harvest when the ground is wet, resulting in ruts and compaction.

Some farmers inter-seeded grass into the hay fields that experienced some damage. As a result they had to delay first crop cutting to give the grass a chance to establish itself.

Stanek says normally farmers in this part of the state harvest alfalfa around May 25 and then every 30 days after. This year many farmers were still harvesting first crop hay the end of June. That results in fewer cuttings for the season.

While yields have been good from first crop, the quality, in most cases, was sacrificed and protein and relative feed value is lower.

Stanek said about 30 percent of the alfalfa acres in Dodge County suffered winter-kill. About 32 percent of the winter wheat fields were lost. The wheat that did survive is looking good as it begins to head out and turn color.

Some diseased fields are beginning to show up because of excess moisture.

Stanek has been trying to work with farmers to figure out what type of emergency forage is best for the acres that did not get planted. Peas and oats, late summer winter rye or triticale are options as is late planted corn for silage.

If a farmer collects crop insurance, he said it is still important to plant a cover crop to prevent erosion, even if it is not harvested for forage.

Stanek and others are working on a cover-crop demonstration plot on a Clyman farm and plan to host a cover-crop field day later in the growing season to let growers see the results of various types of cover crops.

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