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Countdown to the Thanksgiving Holiday

A few simple steps will not only ease your holiday fears, but will ensure a delicious and a safe meal for you, your family, and your friends. The following information may help you prepare your special Thanksgiving meal and help you countdown to the holiday.

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Ask A Master Gardener – There is a Fungus Among Us

2020 has been a challenging and unusual year. The gardening season was unusual as well, as I encountered considerably more fungi than I have seen in the past. While none of these fungi are pathogenic (disease-causing), they are a site to behold, and worthy of discussion.

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FREE Positive Parenting Program Virtual Seminars

Triple P is an internationally recognized program that provides parents with a toolbox of strategies to raise confident and healthy children, build strong family relationships, manage misbehavior, and prevent problems from happening in the first place.

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Farm Ready Research Webinar Series

Beginning in December 2020 and continuing through April 2021, Extension experts will host webinars throughout the week on topics ranging from determining cost of production to preventing on-farm injuries to navigating your farm business.

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Fun for Families: Explore 4-H!

Sign up for an Explore 4-H Kit today! This easy introduction will help more families fall in love with America’s largest youth development program. Let’s Explore 4-H together!

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Pattie’s Parenting Tips-Family Transitions

Just as people have their own developmental path, families also uniquely grow, develop, and change. The family life cycle includes common transition points that families experience as a way of identifying times of change and/or potential stress on the family.

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Ask A Master Gardener – The Versatile Sedge

Do you want a lush green “lawn” under that black walnut tree where turf will not grow? How about good-looking vegetation to soak up run-off rainwater from the low spot that perpetually floods? Then a sedge is the right choice for you.

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Effects of Heat Stress on Dairy Reproduction

Heat stress not only affects the productive ability of your cattle but also their ability to conceive and sustain a pregnancy. It is important to understand the effect heat stress can have on reproduction and how you can help minimize the effect.

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Ask A Master Gardener – When do I pick my apples?

So how do you decide when to pick your apples? One would think it would therefore be easy to tell when they are ripe, unfortunately this is not the case. In Wisconsin apples ripen from August to October. A complicating factor is the difference between maturity and ripeness.

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Badger Crop Connect

Badger Crop Connect is a new crop production webinar series developed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension Crops and Soils Program for the 2020 growing season.

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Pattie’s Parenting Tips-Families & Screens

We are raising children in a digital age and screens are part of our lives. Parents oftentimes wonder if their children are spending too much time in front of screens like phones, computers, laptops, televisions, etc. How much is too much screen time? How do we set limits and find screen-free activities? And how to find that balance.

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Food Preservation & Safety

Saving the bounty of your home garden? Want to preserve what you purchased at a Farmer’s Market for use throughout the year? The safety of the food that you preserve for your family and friends is important to you.

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Taking Care of You-Online

Taking Care of You Online is designed to help you discover strategies that will help you to become more aware of the mind-body connection and gain skills to respond to stress you may experience in your daily life.

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Ask A Master Gardener – A Patriotic Trio in the Garden

Soon we will be celebrating Independence Day. The symbolic colors of our flag speak to our better angels: red for hardiness and valor, white for purity and innocence, blue for vigilance, perseverance, and justice. A patriotic plant trio, cardinal flower, American mountain mint, and great blue lobelia, has grown in North American moist meadows, along rivers, and at woodland edges for millennia.

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Pattie’s Parenting Tips-Dads

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. Having an involved father significantly contributes to happier and healthier children, and this is true whether a father lives with his child or not.

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Ask A Master Gardener – You’ve Got a Lot of Galls

With the Dodge County Master Gardener Help Line starting its season, the Help Line will begin to receive inquiries about “bumps” on the leaves of maple and oak trees. Many people assume the trees have a disease and want to know what is necessary to control the problem and restore the tree to good health. Surprisingly enough, these noticeable bumps are not a disease, but are insect related and are called galls.

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The Parent Cafe’

The Parent Cafe’ with Extension is a free weekly opportunity for parents and caregivers to talk, connect, find resources, and work on new skills to make our families happier!

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Time Capsule Activity for Children

My 2020 COVID-19 Time Capsule The COVID-19 time capsule is created by Long Creations – and gives children an opportunity to document what they are going through. They can write about how they are feeling, what’s happening at home and in their communities. It’s something to save and look back on at the role they […]

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Ask A Master Gardener – Tips for New Gardeners

With the Covid-19 pandemic, seed sales have been on the rise. What all these events have in common is an increase of both new gardeners and people who haven’t gardened for years. If you are one these new gardeners here are a few things to consider to prevent frustration and discouragement.

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Delivering 4-H Through Technology

Technology offers a venue for youth voice and discussion.  4-H club and project leaders can find information on how to host and conduct 4-H meetings in a safe and educational way. 

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Considerations for Landspreading Milk Webinar

Some Wisconsin dairy farms have been asked by their processors to withhold delivery of milk, resulting in the need for milk or milk/manure mixtures to be applied to cropland. There will be a “Considerations for Landspreading Milk” webinar on Tuesday, April 7th at 10:30 am. to discuss reasons for milk surpluses at some plants, future expectations, nutrient management as it is related to the spreading of milk, handling and storage issues.

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DEALING WITH A DROP IN INCOME

When a household’s income drops suddenly because of a job layoff, an illness or death, or a divorce-it’s natural to feel shocked or panicked or to want to ignore the situation. The sooner you look at your household budget, the more options you have and the better off you will be in the long run.

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Connect with Extension – FYI

You are invited to follow along with Extension as we share the latest resources as they pertain to the COVID-19 outbreak and how Extension is responding via Extension Responds to COVID-19 website from UW-Madison, Division of Extension.

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Managing Finances in Tough Times

The Covid-19 pandemic has us all thinking about how to adapt to guidelines to keep our loved ones and ourselves healthy and safe. Added to this stress is the uncertainly about economic conditions and how this may affect our personal finances.

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March 4-H Newsletter

March 2020 4-H Newsletter The Focus on 4-H newsletter offers monthly information on 4-H events, project info, and activities.

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Wisconsin Treasures

Botanical gardens in southeast Wisconsin are some of the state’s best kept secrets. Whether you are looking for a way to identify new plants and get ideas for your landscape or just looking for a day get-a-way, look no further than these islands of respite and beauty.

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4-H VIP Training March 30th at 7pm

New volunteers can attend the VIP Training on Monday, March 30th at 7:00pm in the Dodge County Administration Building, Juneau. This is required training for all adult 4-H and Extension volunteers.

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Blister Beetle Fact Sheet Available

Blister beetles, known as meloids to entomologists,
are insects that naturally contain a toxin, known as
cantharidin. Stored within their bodies it can cause
blistering of human skin, or the intestinal tracts of
animals that ingest blister beetles.

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Ask A Master Gardener – Mistletoe

Mistletoe is a well-known Christmas decoration that has been a part of human culture for thousands of years. It has been a magical, mysterious and sacred plant of European folklore. Ancient cultures believed mistletoe had healing powers, associated it with fertility, or that it bestowed health and good luck.

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WI Beef Quality Assurance Certification In-Person Training

The voluntary Beef Quality Assurance Program assists in raising, feeding and harvesting high quality beef. By participating in BQA and adopting BQA production practices, you are helping to answer the call from the packers’ consumers, for safe beef raised in a humane manner.

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Ask A Master Gardener – An Apple A Day

Fall is synonymous with pumpkins, squash, falling leaves, cooler weather, and apples. A trip to the orchard is a great family tradition and a good opportunity to sample the many varieties of apples available.

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Beef Producer Meeting

A UW-Extension Beef Cow/Calf producer meeting is being offered to producers of all sizes and the agriculture professionals who service their operations.

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Earwigs-a Dependable Scavenger

I recently watched a child discover an earwig and play with her new friend for several minutes. Unencumbered with any preconceived notions, she was enthralled as she watched it scoot back and forth and wasn’t the least bit worried about any danger.  She had the right attitude and could teach many adults to have a […]

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Ask A Master Gardener – Ticking Along

Gardeners deal with a plethora of insects as they tend to their duties. This year, the tick has people legitimately concerned. Ticks are very active now, so precautions should be taken to protect yourself.

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Ask A Master Gardener – Scarlet Runner Beans; Going Vertical

Having short plants, medium plants, and tall plants, give pollinators the opportunity to flit from one plant to another and get to all of the blooms without interference from the leaves and stems. Adding a climbing flower, like the Scarlet Runner Bean, gives that little extra that the pollinators will appreciate.

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Managing Alfalfa Winter Kill

Each year in Wisconsin, alfalfa stands are at risk of being injured or killed by winter conditions. This year winter kill is impacting many farmers in Dodge County and across Wisconsin.

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Cover Crop Establishment Tip Sheets

To help farmers successfully use cover crops, members of the Dodge County Farmers for Healthy Soil-Healthy Water in collaboration with UW-Extension have written three tip sheets which focus on three different cover crop establishment methods and timings.

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Alfalfa PEAQ Readings May 2018

Determining when to cut first-crop alfalfa is often difficult because alfalfa quality, relative to flowering stage, varies greatly. To help with this dilemma, agronomists at the University of Wisconsin – Madison developed the Predictive Equations for Alfalfa Quality (PEAQ) method which predicts alfalfa’s Relative Feed Value (RFV) at the time of cutting.

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Ask A Master Gardener-Growing Less Common Fruits

Currants, gooseberries, and elderberries are native to Wisconsin and can often be harvested in the wild. However, they are easy to grow in an urban landscape and provide not only highly nutritious fruit, but also are a beautiful landscape plant.

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