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4-H members who received special awards (awards, gifts, and rosettes) should be sure to send thank-you notes to their donors. Without their help, we would not be able to offer these special awards.
Late summer may not be the time most people think of for planting, but for those wanting fall forage options or early grazing next spring, it’s the ideal time to get seed in the ground. Plan ahead and get seed in the ground early for better growth and production.

Virtual Cedar County Livestock Judging Contest - Due to changes in the fair this year to address the COVID-19 pandemic, our livestock judging contest has moved online.  The overall purpose of this activity is for youth to learn the process of good decision-making as well as learn to select high quality livestock.  We encourage our 4-H members to give it a try.  It is open for all ages including adults.  Contest will end July 22.

Whether grazed, harvested for hay, or cut for silage, warm season annual grasses are the kings of forage production. Common species like forage sorghum, sudangrass, sorghum/sudangrass hybrids, and millets grow best under warmer temperatures, with peak performance at 75-90°F. While all three species are able to be used in a variety of different ways, knowing your end goal can make selecting one species over the other a bit easier. But, there are also risks you need to watch for when harvesting these annual grasses. Forage sorghum, sudangrass, and sorghum/sudan hybrids are all producers of prussic acid, so properly managing harvest of these species is important. Another risk for summer annual grasses is nitrate poisoning. With a proper understanding of the end goal and taking steps to mitigate risks from prussic acid and nitrates, summer annual grasses can be an invaluable part of your summer forage systems.
Bagworms are not the only issue we are seeing in evergreens. April and May are the months to apply fungicides for control of the following diseases of pine and spruce. Most fungal diseases require moisture on leaves or needles to cause an infection. Since we’ve had a few years of good moisture, there is an increase in conifer diseases. Now is the time to get up close and personal with your trees and look for symptoms to determine if fungicide use is justified.

By Mitiku Mamo, Extension Educator, Cedar, Dixon, Knox, and Wayne Counties

Due to Covid-19 Pandemic, there is a concern that Dairy Farmers may not be able to ship milk to processors. Consequently, in the event they find themselves in this situation, some local farmers have been making inquiries on agronomic rate of land applying milk as a fertilizer. Milk is an organic and the same principals used to manage manure can be used to manage milk when land applying it.

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