Agronomy News

Worker Protection Standard Overview

This guide is intended to help you comply with the Federal Worker Protection Standard (WPS) which regulates pesticides used for the production of agricultural crops on farms and in nurseries, forests, and greenhouses. If you have employees handling pesticides (those who handle, mix, load, and apply pesticides or clean and repair application equipment) or agricultural workers (those who perform tasks relating to the production and harvest of agricultural plants), obtain a copy of EPA’s “How to Comply” manual from your county extension office or the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP), (608) 224-5012.


EXPERT VIEW: Managing Alfalfa and Wheat as Spring Unfolds

By Pat Van Deurzen, United Cooperative master agronomist

The past few weeks has given us a glimpse of spring in some areas of the state. As refreshing as it might be to see the snow begin to disappear, it means we are greatly stressing our alfalfa and winter wheat fields.


EXPERT VIEW: Corn Residue Management - More is Not Always Better

By Eric Smith, United Cooperative Master Agronomist

Yielding more corn bushels isn’t always easy. It takes a comprehensive plan working alongside your United Cooperative agronomist to come up with the strategies to build more profits for your operation. In your corn fields additional bushels can be realized by applying nutrients using VRT, increasing plant population on certain fields, decreasing row width, or adding irrigation. But with more grain yields at harvest comes the potential for more corn crop residue the next spring . . . and that can be a problem.


EXPERT VIEW: Soil Sampling

United Cooperative is always looking for new ways to maximize your crop yield potential like our new hydraulic soil probes.



EXPERT VIEW: Dicamba Training is Still Available

By Kevin Knudtson, United Cooperative Agronomist

With all that we hear and read about Roundup Resistance weeds heading our way, some growers will be planting Xtend beans to use as a tool in their 2018 soybean weed control program. Roundup Resistant Waterhemp and Marestail are already major problems to the south of us and are heading our way. That is, if you are not currently dealing with it already. The active ingredient, Dicamba is very effective on Roundup Resistant Waterhemp and Marestail. But its use on Xtend beans comes with some extra guidelines and training.