Dealing with Drought?
Southern Wisconsin is now in drought conditions that rival those of 1988. These conditions pose challenges for all Wisconsin residents, both urban and rural. Potential crop losses may prove stressful to cash grain farmers as they struggle to meet commitments, and for livestock farmers who require large amounts of quality feed and forage. Urban residents wonder what to do about their lawns, gardens and trees. Everyone is concerned about heat exhaustion. While University of Wisconsin-Extension cannot do anything about the rain, there are choices to be made about capturing as much gain as possible from drought-affected acres, making decisions about herd management and knowing how to avoid heat stress.
Answers to many drought-related questions can be found online at University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension’s “Extension Responds” website http://fyi.uwex.edu/drought2012 or check the links below.
“Through the coordinated effort of our county-based educators and campus-based specialists Cooperative Extension is able to quickly respond to local needs,” said Richard M. Klemme, UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension Dean and Director. For more information about Extension Responds or drought-related information, please contact Zen Miller or Kevin Jarek at 920-832-5119.
Recently on the news and in the papers …
|WBAY, Action 2 News reports on Continuing Effects of the Drought on September 6, 2012<iframe width=”640″ height=”360″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/Ive9GOOqiFs?feature=player_detailpage” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>|
|August 28, WFRV, Mike Austin Reports on Crop Conditions in NE Wisconsin|
|August 23, WFRV, Late August Crop Update|
|July 25, University Relations, Wisconsin Public Television and Wisconsin Public Radio Collaborate on Drought Coverage|
|July 25, Fox 11 Online, Drought Pushes Farmers to Sell Cattle|
|July 24, WFRV, wearegreenbay.com, Wx Impact on Beef Market|
|July 24, WFRV, wearegreenbay.com, Ag Cover Crops|
|July 24, WFRV, wearegreenbay.com, Special Harvests on State Lands Offer Drought Aid to Farmers|
|July 17, The Post Crescent, Farming Families Roll with Punches|
|July 16, WBAY, Milk Production takes a Dip with Extreme Heat|
|Monday, July 2, 12:53 p.m. CDT, Lack of Rain Causing Corn Crop Carnage –|
- Hay and Forager site: http://farmertofarmer.uwex.edu
- Pasture Rental: http://farmertofarmer.crowdmap.cowm
- Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection- Drought 2012
- Wisconsin Farm Central - financial planning services — mediation services between farmers and creditors as well as help farmers find other sources of assistance.
- Department of Natural Resources - Information to cope with the 2012 drought including details on burning restrictions, contacts if your private well is running dry, request for fast review of emergency crop irrigation and instructions to submit your emergency high capacity well application.
Wisconsin Emergency Management - Wisconsin Emergency Management provides links to information about agricultural topics as well as drought-related topics for consumers.
U.S. Department of Agriculture - Information about disaster assistance, crop insurance, haying and grazing on CRP and WRP lands.