Cranberry Festivals at Eagle River and Stone Lake This Weekend

Will you be in Northern Wisconsin on October 6 or 7? Care for a road trip? There are two cranberry festivals this weekend.

Visit the Cranberry Fest in Eagle River, WI for their markets, fresh and dried cranberry sales, music, cranberry beer, or the Cranberry Fitness Walk and Bike Tour. Free parking with free shuttle service is available. The festival begins on Saturday October 6, 2012 at 9AM til 4PM and ends on Sunday October 7, 2012 at 3PM.

The Cranberry Festival in Stone Lake, WI, on Saturday October 6, 2012 from 9AM to 4PM, features a crate derby with children entering their best crate racer after the parade. Parking costs $5 and the proceeds benefit youth programs. Plan to arrive early to purchase fresh cranberries; they are typically sold out by noon.

–Liz Bosak

The Warrens Cranberry Festival Is Next Weekend

The Warrens Cranberry Festival will be held in Warrens, WI from Friday September 28 through Sunday September 30, 2012. On Friday morning, the largest cranberry whoopie pie, weighing 1 ton, will be unveiled. The festival includes several markets (flea, farm, arts & crafts), a parade on Sunday at noon, contests, tours of a cranberry marsh on Friday and Saturday, and of course, food with many unique cranberry treats.

To get to the festival, drive to Exit 135 off of Interstate 94, and follow the signs to the festival. If you are traveling from Tomah, the Chamber of Commerce will be operating a shuttle. For more travel information, go here.

–Liz Bosak

SCHEDULE CHANGE-The Zalapa and Steffan Labs Will Be at the Wisconsin Science Festival

The Zalapa and Steffan labs will be hosting “The Native American Cranberry Bog” event at the Wisconsin Science Festival on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2012 (schedule change) from 10 AM until 2 PM at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. To see photos from last year’s cranberry display at the Wisconsin Science Festival, go here. For general information about the Wisconsin Science Festival, go here. To find a description of the events by location, go here.

–Liz Bosak

Wisconsin Cranberries in the News

CBS News reports that the United States Department of Agriculture is projecting a 2% increase in this year’s cranberry harvest.

WOAW North Central Wisconsin, an ABC affiliate, covered the recent Summer Field Day hosted by the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association. To see the video clip, go here.

For the latest Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association news release, go here.

–Liz Bosak

Online Cranberry Integrated Pest Management Tool from Rutgers University

Rutgers University has a great online IPM tool, PestWeb, for cranberry, blueberry, brambles, grape, and peach. The database categorizes information by chemical, type (e.g. herbicide, insect growth regulator), and crop. For instance, if a search is entered for all herbicides, the database reports the list of herbicides along with links to the label information, material safety data sheets and any supplementary material.

–Liz Bosak

How to Create a Website for your Business

The purpose of this article is to introduce the basic steps of creating a website.

Planning your website

This is a fundamental step where you ask yourself about the goals for the website. Do you want to sell products online, advertise services or products available on-site, or provide information? Go here, for a great article with many general and more specific design issues to consider.

Building your website

This is the step where you find a template and add your content. A template frames your content into pages with a menu, and a banner. Suggested do-it-yourself online services:

www.wordpress.com The templates from WordPress were originally designed for bloggers. Some of the templates require substantial modification to remove the blog features and create a website that has a business-oriented design. Alternatively, StudioPress has developed several sophisticated templates that can be used with WordPress.
www.yola.com This service provides lots of business-themed templates but your content will be difficult to move to another service if you decide to switch.

Getting your site on the web

Broadcasting your website on the web is called hosting. One recommended hosting website is hostgator.com.

Need help? Consider hiring a private consultant to help build, critique, or optimize your website.

–Liz Bosak

University of Massachusetts Cranberry Station Newsletter

The Cranberry Station, at UMASS, is publishing a great newsletter online with lots of information. The June newsletter features a large table with pesticide information in a convenient table format and an evaluation of tank mixing compatibility for several pesticides.

To read their newsletter, go here. To download the June newsletter, go here.

–Liz Bosak