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12/17/2021 2:19:00 PM
Learn how to increase profitability on cropland acres at a free December 6 webinar

Farm operators of Southwest Wisconsin, grab some lunch and join UW-Madison Extension, Pheasants Forever, and County Land Conservation offices for a free webinar on Monday, December 6th from noon-1:15pm called "Precision Decisions: Refining Farm Profitability on Cropland."
Here in the Driftless Area, farm fields range from steep to flat slopes, deep to shallow soils, poorly drained clays to overly drained sands, and everything in between. Often a variety of soils, slopes, moisture levels, and shade levels occur within a single field.
When highly variable fields are run the same, not every acre will yield enough to turn a profit. This is where precision decisions come into play. This practice of observing, measuring, and responding to in-field variations will likely benefit anyone farming in the Driftless Area.
Farmers usually know where these trouble spots are on their farm from experience or the yield monitor. Putting a number to the profit or loss on each acre, and knowing what to do in unprofitable areas, is another question. The answer may differ from farm to farm, or even field to field. Not farming negative return-on-investment acres is a good place to start to improve the bottom line, especially when operating costs are high. In other places, a tweak to management systems or adoption of different equipment may be worth a look.
The December 6 webinar is a chance for farmers to get out of the cold, hear from the local ag professionals and farmers, and ask questions. The webinar will focus on how farms of all sizes and budgets can use their farm-specific information to identify areas where management changes or voluntary conservation programs can improve efficiency and profitability.
Speakers include Josh Kamps, Agriculture Educator from UW-Madison Extension in Lafayette County; Josh Bendorf, Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist from Pheasants Forever; Brian Luck, UW-Madison Professor and Extension Specialist in machinery systems and precision agriculture; and Eric Faull, an Iowa County farmer who has implemented precision practices.
Participants will learn about effects of soil variation, using yield and profit maps to identify underperforming areas, choosing alternatives, getting started, technology and equipment options, and resources and programs that can help.
This webinar is free but registration is required. Register online at https://go.wisc.edu/ma1e3s or contact the Iowa County Land Conservation Department at 608-930-9891.





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