Newsletters & Resources

Ag & Extension Newsletters

Winter 2021

In this issue we feature New Growth, Old Traditions, a farmer focus, and Clean Sweep for 2021.


Fall 2020
In this issue we feature our area’s own expert Naturalist and her native seed restoration projects. We delve into UW Extension programs like disaster preparedness and introduce our FoodWIse Educators. We also cover current and upcoming conferences on. . . UWEX Ag Newsletter Nov 2020

Spring 2020
Agriculture in Ashland/Bayfield Counties is very diverse so we’ll try to provide something for everyone, in this issue we focus on high tunnels, with more than 30 farms with high tunnel greenhouses in our region, it is getting to be a popular way to grow food.


Soil Testing

What’s in your soil? or Manure? or Forage? Don’t guess, get a test done. This website has instructions on taking samples, sending your sample off and the fees for each item.

Featured publication: Soil Compaction: Causes, Concerns, and Cures (A3367)

Soil compaction caused by working wet fields can cut crop yields for years to come. Soil scientists Dick Wolkowski and Birl Lowery show the impact on plant growth and yield, offer details on diagnosis, and suggest ways to minimize or avoid the problem as well as how to correct compacted soils.  Order copies or view the PDF at the Learning Store.

Related resources for Extension faculty and staff only: Life in the Soil (#18014) To understand the rationale for sustainable agriculture, one must grasp the critical importance of soil. This video depicts in vivid color what life is like in the soil at the microscopic level. It is a living, fragile medium that must be protected and nurtured to ensure its long-term productivity and stability. VHS VIDEO (30:00).

Feast By The Bay

Looking for information on where to find local produce, which businesses remain open, or how to access community food resources during these uncertain times? Check out the Feast By The Bay  website for information and local listings!

Pesticide Applicator Training Information

WDATCP Homepage

  • Pesticide certification and licensing information

Pesticide Database

  • Find pesticide products registered for use in WI
  • Locate WI licensed dealers and licensed application businesses
  • Find WI certified applicators (by name, by county, by category)

Pesticide Applicator Certification System (PACS) – (608) 224-4560

PACS is an automated phone system to assist applicators. You may also access the information online.

  • Exam score (first-time certifying applicators will need their score sheet number)
  • Certification expiration date
  • Categories currently certified in

PAT Websites and Contact Information:

PAT Homepage

  • Information on manuals, training, and the different categories.

PAT Storefront

  • Commercial applicators may order training manuals, videos, register for sessions
  • Private applicators may order the Fruit Crops and Greenhouse & Nursery manuals, and the subcategory manuals (General Farming manual only from Extension office)

Pesticide Labels/MSDS Websites

  • Click on Ag/Crop to view/print agricultural and crop protection labels and MSDS
  • Click on T & O/NonCrop to view/print turf, ornamental, and non crop labels and MSDS
  • From the CDMS homepage, click on ChemSearch, a subscription-based service purchased by PAT for agents’ use. Username and password are case sensitive
    Username: RFL206
    Password: PAT2005a
  • Label search for product type, crop, or pest
  • Condenses full labels to 1-2 pages of summaries
  • Compare 2 products side-by-side
  • Find WPS, DPT, SARA information

WPS Website

  • WPS Information
  • Sept. 2005 version of How-to-Comply manual (pdf)

Cooperative Extension Publications

To view state wide publications please visit The Learning Store


A range of research projects have been conducted to provide data and information that will hopefully help you with your farm businesses. Research is an important part of successful agriculture and we thank the many cooperators that helped with these research projects.  The following Research Bulletins are available for viewing and download:

Research Bulletins

Corn Bulletins

Coddling Moth Bulletins

Fruit Bulletins

Hazelnut Bulletins

Rye & Poultry Bulletins

The Hay Business: Price, Selling and Lease Agreements