Browsing for conservation: Springtime forage value of midstory shrubs of degraded oak savannas in southern Wisconsin

Abstract: Oak (Quercus spp.) savanna is a rare and dwindling ecosystem primarily due to the clearing of vast areas for agriculture and encroachment of woody midstory shrubs in the remnant areas. There is interest in introducing controlled grazing to re-open these ecologically sensitive semi-wooded areas. We report the forage quality and diet selection [...] More »

Organic and Conventional Production Systems in the Wisconsin Integrated Cropping Systems Trial: II. Economic and Risk Analysis 1993-2006

This article, the second in a series looking at the Wisconsin Integrated Cropping Systems Trial (WICST), reports on the profitability of six conventional and organic systems, with a focus on net returns and associated risk exposure. Several pricing scenarios were compared to evaluate the impact of government programs and organic price premiums. When net return [...] More »

Krusenbaum Farm Project Update

This case study documents the start-up of a successful alternative dairy farm in Wisconsin. Initially the vision was to establish a 97-hectare biodynamic farm with dairy and cash cropping. Low milk prices throughout most of 1991 and the heavy workload associated with conventional dairying forced the farm family to look for alternative strategies. [...] More »

Soil Test Trends from Permanent Stations at the Krusenbaum Farm

INTRODUCTION In March of 1990, the Krusenbaum family leased a dairy farm in southeastern Wisconsin and purchased the existing herd of 37 Holsteins. Their original plan was to establish a mixed farm that included dairying, cash crops, tree crops and vegetables. This endeavor proved to be too labor intensive and by the end of [...] More »

A Constant Goal, Changing Strategies: The Krusenbaum Dairy Farm (1996-2005)

This case study documents the trajectory of a successful alternative dairy farm in southeastern Wisconsin. The 1990’s were a difficult period for dairying and the Krusenbaum family entered this shifting field in 1990 with a 37 cow Holstein herd in a stanchion barn, 88 tillable hectares and a vision to gradually develop a biodynamic [...] More »