UW-Extension offering educational information at Farm Tech Days

Wisconsin State Farmer
Paige Wollin (right) helps children understand how much money it costs to raise cows at the UW-Extension tent at Farm Technology Days on July 12, 2017.

Innovative technologies that support Wisconsin’s agriculture will be on display throughout the University of Wisconsin – Extension’s Education Station.

Dairy and livestock

Interactive displays are available for handling and transporting cattle, the BQA (Beef Quality Assurance) way. There will be a demonstration of raising backyard pastured poultry and manure gas safety equipment will be on display. Samples of byproduct feedstuffs will be on-hand to learn about potential uses in livestock diets. There will also be a YouTube station for viewing new animal agriculture content developed by UW-Extension educators.

Forage and crop production

A new app will be rolled out at the FTD show. Farmers and agriculture professionals can use the app to determine the price of standing forage. You will be able to download the app and receive tutelage from extension educators on how to use the app. In addition to the new app, the inside booth area will highlight some current extension research projects, on pure live alfalfa seed and low lignin alfalfa. The Midwest Forage Assoc. will also be present providing information on how they assist universities with forage research. Attendees will be invited to view the many inside and outside displays providing educational information and hands on training in crop and forage production provided by UW-Extension educators to broaden attendees’ knowledge of agriculture.

Darrell McCauley (middle) and Savannah Williams (right) talk to Farm Technology Days guests about water movement through Karst landscapes in the UW-Extension tent on July 12, 2017.

Farm Management

Join the Center for Dairy Profitability and UWEX FARM Team in interactive challenges focused on human resource management, financial business management, farm succession and dairy market and policy updates. On Wednesday, hear presentations on Farm Succession and Dairy Marketing and Policy.

Horticulture and master gardeners

Visit the Wood County Master Gardeners in the UW-Extension Education Station tent and learn about many things “gardening”…..native plants, aquatic invasive species, container plantings of all kinds, fairy gardens, herbs, succulents, roses, microgreens, mason bees and more. Enjoy a touch of history with demonstration vegetable gardens illustrating the past and the present. Find out about Master Gardener activities and membership. Bring your gardening questions and mysteries to ASK A MASTER GARDENER. Brian Hudelson from the UW-Plant Disease Diagnostic Center will be there Wednesday and Thursday to provide answers to your plant disease questions.

Outdoor display

A large no-till corn plot. This will demonstrate management practices that farmers may consider using in central Wisconsin. This will be a hands on education area with extension professionals available to answer questions related to crop growth and development, plus weed and pest identification.

John Robley, of Manitowoc, looks over rye grass outside the UW-Extension tent during Farm Technology Days on July 12, 2017.

Interseeded cover crops. Cover crops will be interseeded into standing corn of the no-till plot demonstrating methods to plant cover crops prior to crop canopy. We will have no-till equipment on display that farmers may use to plant cover crops on their farm.

A rainfall simulator demonstration. Demonstrations will be conducted throughout the show, along with plots comparing pasture mixes and grazing demos.

Cover crop plots. There will be multiple plots of different cover crop species to allow farmers the opportunity to see a growing crop and quiz extension educators on how to select the correct cover crops for their farm management system. Alfalfa plot. This plot is available for hands on education of farmers to measure the health of an alfalfa stand, stage of maturity, and scouting for pests.

Innovative technologies that support Wisconsin’s agriculture will be on display throughout the University of Wisconsin – Extension’s Education Station.

Backyard chickens. This display will demonstrate in a small farm or urban setting how a person can use a backyard to produce eggs and meat for the household.

Extension educators. Activities inside the educational tent and at the outside displays will be manned by many UW-Extension educators who can provide expert advice for the farmer and novice.