2016 Fall Beef Meetings – Wednesday – September 7th

Dodge County Extension will be hosting a fall beef meeting with a focus on direct marketing on Wednesday, September 7th. This educational opportunity will start with a tour of Cedar Road Meat Market (N5200 Cedar Road, Iron Ridge) at 10:30 a.m. The meeting will then move to the Dodge County Administration Building (127 East Oak […]


Conservation Aids Grant – applications due Sept 5, 2016

Conservation Aids Grant – applications DUE NO LATER than September 5, 2016! Applications for the County Conservation Aids Grant Program are now being accepted in the Dodge County UW-Extension office. To be eligible, projects must improve fish and wildlife habitat in Dodge County. Applications received after the deadline date will not be considered. Complete information […]

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Lovely Lilacs

“Memories, imagination, old sentiments, and associations are more readily reached through the sense of smell than through any other channel.”  Oliver Wendell Holmes Aside from roses, there is no flower as beautiful and aromatic as lilacs. Lilacs have a distinctive, memorable fragrance. When the smell of lilacs heralds the arrival of spring, where does the […]

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What’s Standing Alfalfa Worth in 2016?

One of the challenges in coming up with a value for standing hay is the lack of daily commodity market pricing like corn and soybeans. Another challenge this year is the significant drop in hay price, in some cases almost half of what it was going for just a few years ago. So the price […]

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Crops & Soils Agent Arrives – Loretta Ortiz-Ribbing

Let me introduce myself. I am Dr. Loretta Ortiz-Ribbing, the new UW-Extension Crops and Soils Area Agent with 50% responsibilities in each of Dodge and Fond du Lac Counties.   Both counties have such a rich agricultural history that will let me utilize my diverse background which includes a B.S. in agronomy (crop protection), an M.S. […]

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Delectable, Edible Stinging Nettle

There are a number of edible weeds, including dandelion, purslane, and lambs quarter. While it might be hard to swallow, figuratively speaking, stinging nettle may be added to that list. Urtica dioica, or stinging nettle is a perennial herb native to Europe and most of North America. The Latin term is quite descriptive: urtica means […]