Extension Crops and Soils Educator
Farmers place seeds in the soil each year with the expectation of harvesting a successful crop. Careful planning, accurate decision making and swift action are crucial steps in this process. Farmers carefully consider farm profitability, the conservation of natural resources and community impact with each decision that is made. During each growing season the risk of market volatility, extreme weather, and pest outbreaks are possible if not expected. This complex decision-making matrix challenges even the most experienced farmer. Extension’s recommendations are grounded by replicated scientific field research. Collaborate with Extension and host an on-farm research or demonstration plot to add regional value to the cropping practice. Data driven decision making will prepare farmers to better withstand the anticipated agronomic challenges of the future.
A few thoughts to share that guide my Extension work…
Extension outreach efforts have led me to understand that walls can’t be built tall enough or thick enough to separate myself and my views from others and their views! When differences of opinion arise, we must always remember to discuss the difference, but don’t alienate the person. Collaborative efforts, productive conversations and mutual respect can help bridge the gaps of difference in our lives. Extension has many resources available through county educators, regional specialists and state specialists to provide science based information to serve the many needs of clients across the state. Extension strives to continually improve the delivery methods of this information with the goal of conveniently meeting people where, when and how is best for their life. -Josh Kamps, SW WI Regional Extension Educator