Fearless Farm Finances Webinar

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection is offering a number of workshops including a webinar discussing farm finances. For a pdf copy of the workshop reminder, go here.

Quickbooks 1: Introduction

Webinar: Beginner Quickbooks

Employee Management 1: Guiding the Herd

Webinar: Employee Management

Missed a workshop? The WDATCP has a webinar archive with free videos hosted by YouTube.

–Liz Bosak

Next Tuesday, the Steffan and Zalapa labs will be at the 2013 Cranberry School

From the Steffan lab, Annie, Liz, and Shawn will be discussing results of research projects from the 2012 field season. Juan Zalapa will be updating attendees on his genetics program. The WSCGA will be hosting their Winter Meeting and Cranberry School on January 22 and 23, 2013 at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Stevens Point, WI.

Other research highlights from the University of Wisconsin and UW-Extension include presentations by Rebecca Harbut, Jed Colquhoun, Jack Perry, Lisa Wasko-De Vetter, Christelle Guedot, Eric Zeldin, and Patty McManus.

Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers’ Association’s Meeting Is in 10 Days

The WSCGA will be hosting their Winter Meeting and Cranberry School on January 22 and 23, 2013 at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Stevens Point, WI. The Winter Meeting on January 22 features a trade-show with vendors offering products ranging from irrigation equipment to pollination services. The Cranberry School is an educational event with a series of presentations on a variety of production-related topics that spans both days.

The Pesticide Applicator Training will take place from 8:00 AM until 11:45 AM on Tuesday, January 22.

Davey Hyer and Jane Larson from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection with be talking about “Cranberry Farm Inspections: Strengths and Areas for Improvement.” Bill Outhouse and Walt Coussens will be discussing the use of food grade oils and grease for harvest equipment lubrication. Have truck maintenance issues? Well, Harry Newmann will be there to answer your questions. Many more subjects will be covered including safe working conditions, oil spill prevention and containment, animal damage, harvest technologies, irrigation water pH, and personal protective equipment.

Many researchers from the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, University of Wisconsin, and University of Wisconsin-Extension will be presenting at this year’s Cranberry School:

–Spotted Wing Drosophila, Sparganothis Phenology, and a new look at the flooding data, Shawn Steffan, USDA-ARS

–Carrying-on some tasty bits of the UW Cranberry Breeding Program, Eric Zeldin, UW Horticulture

–Genetics Program Update, Juan Zalapa, USDA-ARS

–Sustainability Survey, Jed Colquhoun, UW Extension

–Irrigation and Soil Moisture Monitoring, Rebecca Harbut, UW Extension

–What’s New in the Pesticide Screening Program, Jack Perry, UW Pesticide Screening Program

–Reflecting on Bud Appearance and its Role in Yield Prediction, Lisa Wasko-DeVetter, UW Horticulture Grad Student

–Pheromone Mating Disruption, Annie Deutsch, UW Entomology Grad Student

–Meet Our New Entomologist, Christelle Guedot, UW Extension

–Disease Observations from 2012, Patty McManus, UW Extension

–Targeting Red-Headed Flea Beetle Larvae, Liz Bosak, USDA-ARS

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

Cranberries in the News

This week, the Congressional Cranberry Caucus is working hard to advocate for the cranberry industry and the cranberry’s designation as a healthy fruit. For the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune article, go here.

Also, this week, there is a new director for the United Cranberry Growers Cooperative. For the Wisconsin Ag Connection article, go here.

On a related note, next week the WSCGA is hosting a golf fundraising event. For more information, go to our calendar and click on June 19th.

–Liz Bosak

Workshop on Renewable Energy for the Farm, July 16th

The Michael Fields Agricultural Institute is offering a workshop on the basics of site assessment and installation of solar and wind energy systems. For more information, click here.

For more information about renewable energy technologies, go to the Midwest Renewable Energy Association’s website. Also, the association will be hosting the 23rd annual Energy Fair in Custer, WI. For more information about tickets, workshops, and how to volunteer, go here.

–Liz Bosak

Are you interested in learning about pollinators and the services that they provide?

This week’s Entomology seminar, on Friday April 20, will be given by Dr. Eric Lonsdorf, of the Chicago Botanic Garden, and is entitled “Modeling Pollination Services Across Agricultural Services.” For more information, click here.

Also, next week, the Entomology Department will be hosting another pollinator seminar by Dr. Sai Suryanarayanan of UW-Madison’s Department of Community and Environmental Sociology, entitled “Finding Sustainable Solutions to Honey Bee and Pollinator Health.”

–Liz Bosak

The Steffan and Zalapa labs are hosting a science exploration station at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

This Saturday, the Steffan and Zalapa labs will be hosting an exploration station, “The Science of Wisconsin’s Cranberry Marshes” at Saturday Science: Science Expeditions at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery on the UW-Madison campus. The event will be held on Saturday, April 14 from 10 AM until 2 PM. For more information, click here.