Agriculture, Crops, & Soils

University of Wisconsin-Extension programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources help urban and rural people use research and knowledge to solve problems and take advantage of new opportunities. Agriculture and Natural Resources educators balance farm profitability and production of high-quality food, horticulture crops, fiber and plant material with protection of the natural environment.

Crops and Soils

The Extension Crops and Soils Program provides timely resources and information to help Wisconsin crop producers and their agricultural consultants manage crops efficiently and profitably.
Rows of Corn

You can find information on:

  • Crop Production and cropping systems for corn, soybeans, forages, nutrient management, soil science, commercial vegetable, and cover crops.
  • Pest Management: Information on the management of weeds, insects, and disease in Wisconsin cropping systems.
  • Ask Extension: Your opportunity to talk directly with Extension specialists and staff

Corn Agronomy – 2023 Wisconsin Corn Hybrid Performance Trials

Results of the 2023 Wisconsin Corn Hybrid Trials:

2023 Wisconsin Weed Science Research Report

2024 Pesticide Private Applicator Training and Testing

Pesticide Applicator Training Certification

Attention: Private Pesticide Applicator:

Certification is required to purchase and use restricted use pesticides. Private certification is not intended for commercial applicators. Certification programs include three hours of instruction and administration of the test, provided by the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Permits issued are valid for five years.

To check your certification status, visit:

Due to changes in Extension staffing capacity across the state, the Pesticide Applicator Training Program has changed some things about how applicators certify (or recertify):

If you have any questions, please call the Extension Vernon County Office at 608-637-5276.

Farm Management News

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Soil Testing

The links below give you the cost, standard analysis test, optional analysis tests and cost, sampling guidelines, submission sheet, and sample soil test report.  You may pick up a soil test packet which includes the bags at the Vernon County Extension office. Test results will be mailed or emailed directly to you.  Postage cost is $10.20 for a USPS small flat rate box which holds up to 2 bags.

The Soy Report

If you have any questions regarding Crops & Soils in Vernon County, please contact:

Regional Crops and Soils Educator, Sam Bibby

Regional Crops & Soils Educator, Sam Bibby

Cell: 608- 219-2055

Office: 608-355-3254


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