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PEAQ Forages Monitor

Predictive Equations for Alfalfa Quality (PEAQ) Stick monitoring will be conducted by the UW-Madison Division of Extension Crops & Soils and Dairy Educators of Grant, Green, Iowa, and Lafayette county. 

PEAQ is a method developed by the University of Wisconsin to provide an estimate of the relative feed value of first cutting alfalfa based on crop height and maturity.  Our goal is that this information will help forage producers and agronomy professionals track the growth and development of alfalfa in their area so they know when to check their own fields to target their preferred quality while maximizing tonnage.

Samples will be collected on Mondays and Thursdays with results posted online Tuesdays and Fridays during the month of May.

For more information, contact Jordyn Sattler, Crops and Soils Educator at jordyn.sattler@wisc.edu or by contacting the Green County Extension Office at 608-328-9440.

CountyFarmDateHeight/MaturityPEAQ Value
GRANT COUNTYSouth – Tom Kaiser – Alf5/6/2420.5″./early bud197 RFV
South – Tom Kaiser – Alf5/9/2423″ / bud186 RFV
South – Tom Kaiser – Alf5/13/2426″ / bud172 RFV
South – Tom Kaiser – Alf5/16/2429″ / bud160 RFV
South – Tom Kaiser – Alf5/19/2429″ / bud160 RFV / 178.13 RFQ
West – Joe Mumm – Alf5/6/2419″ /vegetative217 RFV
West – Joe Mumm – Alf5/9/2422.5″ /early bud188 RFV
West – Joe Mumm – Alf5/13/2426″ / bud172 RFV
West – Joe Mumm – Alf5/16/2428.5″ / bud162 RFV
West – Joe Mumm – Alf5/19/2428.5″ / bud162 RFV / 173.30 RFQ
GREEN COUNTYNorth – Voegeli Farms – Alf5/6/2417″/vegetative230 RFV
North – Voegeli Farms – Alf5/9/2420″/vegetative211 RFV
North – Voegeli Farms – Alf5/13/2425″ /early bud177 RFV
North – Voegeli Farms – Alf5/16/2427″ / bud168 RFV
North – Voegeli Farms – Alf5/19/2427″ / bud168 RFV / 206.64 RFQ
South – Wenger Farms – Alf5/6/2420″ /early bud200 RFV
South – Wenger Farms – Alf5/9/2423″ /bud186 RFV
South – Wenger Farms – Alf5/13/2427″ / bud168 RFV
South – Wenger Farms – Alf5/16/2428″ / bud164 RFV
South – Wenger Farms – Alf5/19/2428″ / bud164 RFV / 193.74 RFQ
IOWA COUNTYNorth – Model Dairy Farms – Alf5/6/2420″ /early bud200 RFV
North – Model Dairy Farms – Alf5/9/2423″/bud186 RFV
North – Model Dairy Farms – Alf5/13/2426.5″ / bud169 RFV
North – Model Dairy Farms – Alf5/16/24no reading-cut on 5/15
North – Model Dairy Farms – Alf5/19/24no reading-cut on 5/15
South – Spring Nook Farms – Alf5/6/2419.5″ /vegetative215 RFV
South – Spring Nook Farms – Alf5/9/2421″/vegetative216 RFV
South – Spring Nook Farms – Alf5/13/2424.5″ / vegetative187 RFV
South – Spring Nook Farms – Alf5/16/2427″ / vegetative175 RFV
South – Spring Nook Farms – Alf5/19/2427″ / vegetative175 RFV / 207.44 RFQ
LAFAYETTE COUNTYNorth – Mike & Jolene Martin – Alf5/6/2418.5″ /vegetative220 RFV
North – Mike & Jolene Martin – Alf5/9/2421″/vegetative216 RFV
North – Mike & Jolene Martin – Alf5/13/2425″ / vegetative185 RFV
North – Mike & Jolene Martin – Alf5/16/2427″ / early bud168 RFV
North – Mike & Jolene Martin – Alf5/19/2427″ / early bud168 RFV / 185.12 RFQ
South – Cottonwood Dairy – Alf5/6/2418″ /vegetative224 RFV
South – Cottonwood Dairy – Alf5/9/2422″/vegetative200 RFV
South – Cottonwood Dairy – Alf5/13/2425″ / vegetative185 RFV
South – Cottonwood Dairy – Alf5/16/2426″ / early bud176 RFV
South – Cottonwood Dairy – Alf5/19/2426″ / early bud176 RFV / 213.27 RFQ

Thank you to our cooperating farms!

  • Cottonwood Dairy (Wiota area)
  • Tom Kaiser (Cuba City area)
  • Mike & Jolene Martin (Willow Springs/Calamine area)
  • Model Dairy Farms (Dodgeville area)
  • Nook Spring Farm (Mineral Point area)
  • Joe Mumm (Lancaster area)
  • Voegeli Farms (Monticello area)
  • Wenger Farms (Brodhead area)

Extension Information Kiosk Now Available for Public Use

The Iowa County Extension Office is excited to announce the addition of an Information Kiosk to the lobby area of our office.  This computer is available at no charge to the public for Extension-related use, including accessing the Extension Iowa County website, registering for 4-H or other 4H Online activities, signing up for ag programs, submitting questions to the “Ask Your Gardening Question” site, access to the UW-Madison Insect Diagnostic Lab, and much more!

We hope this will be a useful tool for those with limited or no Internet accessibility at home, allowing them to take advantage of Extension programming.


StrongBodies has been shown to increase strength, muscle mass, and bone density. Classes are held twice weekly and include progressive resistance training, balance training, and flexibility exercises.

Dates: July 9 through September 26, 2024

Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 – 10:15 am

How to Sign Up: Register online at https://go.wisc.edu/uh8933

*A welcome email with the Zoom link to join class will be sent in the week prior to the series or within 3-5 days if registering after July 1st


Upcoming Online Gardening Programs for Pollinators

The UW-Madison Division of Extension Horticulture Program has a new lineup of free online gardening programs, celebrating National Pollinator Week in June. There is no cost to attend, though registration is required for each session. Visit go.wisc.edu/xe3ih7 to register for the following programs!

The Pollination of Native Plants – Tuesday, June 18, 6:30 – 8:00pm

he Pollination of Native Plants is a fascinating journey showcasing the development of different flower types and the presentation of floral resources to pollinators. Exploring the types of insect pollinators, their foraging behavior, and the floral features that attract pollinators, Holm provides many specific examples of how native plants are pollinated and what pollinator is most effective and why.

Balancing Act in the Home Garden: Protecting Pollinators while Managing Pests – Wednesday, June 19, Noon – 1pm

Join us for an overview of integrating pollinator protection with pest management in your home landscape. We’ll cover the fundamentals of Integrated Pest Management (IPM), pesticide labels, differences between systemic and contact pesticides, and discuss the toxicity of common products or ingredients to pollinators. By the end of this program, you’ll be prepared with strategies for simultaneously prioritizing pollinator protection and pest control in your own backyard.


Stockmanship & Stewardship is a unique two-day educational experience featuring sessions on low-stress cattle handling, Beef Quality Assurance education, facility design to best run your operation, and industry updates you won’t find anywhere else! Learn from stockmanship experts Curt Pate and Ron Gill – and get BQA certified!

Join us in Lancaster from 12:30pm on Aug. 28 through 1:15pm on Aug. 29. Full registration for both days is $75 and includes meals (Aug. 28 dinner, Aug. 29 breakfast and lunch).

Register and view the agenda at: https://www.stockmanshipandstewardship.org/…/lancaster-wi


Badger Dairy Insight Series

Join the University of Wisconsin-Madison – Division of Extension’s Dairy Program on the third Tuesday of each month from 11am-12 pm CST for the Badger Dairy Insight webinar series. New this year, we are switching our webinars to a monthly platform.  We are featuring your local Extension Dairy Program Educators and UW Specialists as they present on current dairy topics. Take the opportunity to learn from and discuss with experts on the dates below. To learn more about Badger Dairy Insight and the Extension Dairy program please visit https://dairy.extension.wisc.edu

June 18th: Updating our thinking about corn silage and alternative forages

Cover crops, alternative crops- how well do they feed? By Matt Lippert, Dairy Educator Wood and Clark Counties

Extension gathered samples of forages at harvest and after fermentation and visited with producers about their experiences with some of the forages that today are being used in addition to corn silage and alfalfa.  These feeds included winter cereals such as rye and triticale, warm season grasses such as sorghum-sudangrass and annuals including Italian ryegrass and mixtures with legumes. These crops fill many agronomic and conservation niches, but how well can they be utilized to feed lactating dairy cows. Results are variable but many opportunities exist.

MILK 2024 – what’s new? By Luiz Ferraretto, Dairy Nutrition Specialist

Differences in nutrient composition and digestibility among corn hybrids have the potential to impact energy content of corn silage and ultimately influence dairy cow production. From the perspective of maximizing nutritive value, energy predictions of corn silage can be useful to aid producers in selecting hybrids. The MILK index was developed to predict the energy content (milk/ton) and energy yield (milk/acre) of forages. This presentation will discuss the novel aspects of the newest iteration of the MILK model.

Badger Dairy Insight

There is no charge to participate in the sessions, however pre-registration is required to allow access. Register online at go.wisc.edu/bdi2324


Updated Website for all of your Food Preservation Needs

The National Center for Home Food Preservation is thrilled to announce the launch of their new website on March 1st, 2024. You can access it at https://nchfp.uga.edu. This is the place to go for the answers to all of your food preservation questions as well as advice, information, etc. If you work with canning, pickling, fermenting, freezing, drying, curing & smoking, storing, or making jams & jellies, you should definitely bookmark this site!


Extension Horticulture & Gardening Resources for You

Do you have a question relating to horticulture or gardening?  Iowa County does not have a dedicated Horticulture Educator, but the UW-Madison Division of Extension does have an online form that you can fill out.  Simply provide basic contact information and ask your question, and your inquiry will be responded to by an Extension staff member or a Master Gardener Volunteer in your area.  You can even upload up to three photos to submit with your question!

A link to the online submission page is located to the right (scroll down to where it says “Ask a Gardening Question” and click on the “W” shield logo underneath it).  Click here for an instruction sheet that details how to fill out and submit the online form.


Latest News from Extension Iowa County

Virtual StrongBodies – Fall 2023 Session

Join us for the StrongBodies Program! StrongBodies has been shown to increase strength, muscle mass, and bone density. Classes are held twice weekly and include progressive resistance training, balance training, and flexibility exercises. Dates: October 10 through December 21 Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 – 10:15 am How to Sign Up: Register online at https://go.wisc.edu/6693j7 […]

Classes for Woodland Owners

Ross DeWitt, Iowa and Lafayette Counties Forester, is hosting a series of Learn About Your Land webinars. These classes cover many topics relevant to woodland owners. All sessions will go from 6-7:30pm. Space is limited, so pre-registration is necessary. Registration fee is $15 per person, which includes all three webinars. Attendees must register by September […]

Badger Dairy Insight Series

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Planning AHEAD

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Palmer Amaranth Workshop

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