Rain Barrels

What is a rain barrel? A rain barrel can be any large container designed to collect rain water. Typically, rain barrels are placed at the bottom of downspouts in order to collect rain as it runs off of a roof. For every inch of rain that falls on 1,000 square feet of roof, about 600 […]

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Master Gardener Program FAQ Updates 2022

Master Gardener Program FAQ Updates 2022  Why the change? The Wisconsin Extension Master Gardener Program implemented a revision of the program on January 1, 2022. This change addressed Extension’s new staffing model and adoption of UW-Madison Policy and Procedures; additionally, it addresses known program confusion, addresses participant diversity, and improves program delivery.  Status quo was […]

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Be Ready to Reduce Heat Stress in Cattle this Summer

Be Ready to Reduce Heat Stress in Cattle this Summer There is no question that heat stress can negatively impact animal performance.  Heat stress reduces milk production and has a negative impact on reproduction in dairy cattle.  Dairy cattle will also show heat stress at slightly lower temperatures than beef cattle will.  For feedlot cattle […]

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Self Wellbeing Podcast

Caring Better & Braver: Caregiving is both a joy and a challenge. Most of the time, we don’t see ourselves as “caregivers”. Instead we identify as the wife, husband, parent, grandparent, child, sibling, friend or neighbor. Suddenly you realize that you’ve become a caregiver and it’s a real job – often unpaid. Millions of people […]

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Responding to the Avian Influenza Outbreak

The current avian influenza outbreak is not thought to pose a risk to human health or to food safety but it is highly toxic to birds, including backyard poultry flocks.  As of April 2, 2022 the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) announced a confirmed case of the highly pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPIA) in a […]

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Soil Testing

Lawn & Garden Soil Testing La Crosse County UW-Extension offers soil testing   Why, when and how: Sampling Lawn and Garden Soils for analysis What you get: Analysis of current nutrient content of your soil (P,K). Current soil pH. Recommendation of type and amount of fertilizer to add. Allow 2 – 3 weeks for return […]

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