Wautoma, WI
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0:56 AM CDT
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Temperature
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Wind
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Morning Forecast (7:00am-12:00pm)
Temperatures will range from 58 to 75 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. Winds will remain steady around 11 miles per hour from the south. No precipitation is expected.
7-Day Forecast
Friday
75°F / 58°F
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Saturday
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Monday
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Tuesday
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Thursday
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Detailed Short Term Forecast
Issued at 0:56 AM CDT
Friday...Temperatures will range from a high of 75 to a low of 58 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 7 and 13 miles per hour from the southsouthwest. Less than 1 tenth inch of rain is possible.
This Afternoon ...Temperatures will range from 74 to 70 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 9 and 13 miles per hour from the south. No precipitation is expected.
This Evening ...Temperatures will range from 70 to 66 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will remain steady around 9 miles per hour from the south. No precipitation is expected.
Overnight ...Temperatures will range from 70 to 68 degrees with mostly cloudy skies. Winds will remain steady around 8 miles per hour from the southwest.
Saturday...Temperatures will range from a high of 83 to a low of 62 degrees with partly cloudy skies. Winds will range between 5 and 12 miles per hour from the west. 0.57 inches of rain are expected.

Dairy Grazing Pasture Walk

Aug. 1, 2013 | 0 comments

A dairy grazing pasture walk is slated Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 1-3 p.m. at Tom and Connie Bestul's farm, N7806 Bestul Rd., Iola.

Tom and Connie have been working this farm for the past 18 years. During the early 90s Tom and his father decided to switch to managed grazing because of the challenges of row cropping, competing with deer and the topography of the ground.

They are currently milking 130 cows after downsizing due to recent drought, on 180 acres of managed pasture. They are growing the herd and wish to stay around 150 head.

The infrastructure of the farm includes a swing-16 Dairymaster parlor, a 300-foot concrete feedstrip, and a million gallon manure pit. There is no permanent barn and the cows are out-wintered.

The grazing management varies with the conditions of the pastures and varying weather conditions. The length of time cows are let on the paddocks also varies and is managed according to growth.

Future plans include adding a K-line irrigation system and putting up a free-stall barn.

To reach the farm from Iola - Hwy. 161 (East) out of Iola (4.5 miles) to Bestul Rd.; turn North onto Bestul Rd. and continue .75 miles; end at N7806 Bestul Rd.; watch for pasture walk signs.

The event is free. No pre-registration necessary. Those attending should dress weather-appropriate.

Topics include: Managing and setting up a grazing dairy, reducing labor/system efficiency, planning for the "summer slump", pasture species selection, managing fertility.

For questions contact Teal Fyksen, grazing specialist, at 715-321-2929 (cell) or teal.fyksen@goldensandsrcd.org.

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