Crops and Soils

Walworth County’s rolling hills and lush fields abound with diverse crops. In addition to crops like corn, soybeans, and hay grown as forages, Walworth County’s rich cropland hosts a variety of specialty crops which have added to the area’s valuable agricultural commodities.

Every year, the University of Wisconsin Extension-Madison and College of Agricultural and Life Sciences conduct a corn evaluation program. The purpose of this program is to provide unbiased performance comparisons of hybrid seed corn available in Wisconsin. These results are a ”Consumer Report” for commercial corn hybrids. The trials evaluate grain, silage, and systems including organic, transgenic and refugia systems. A one bushel increase by Wisconsin corn farmers increases farm income $8 to $32 million dollars.

Soil Cores and Samples

View this informative YouTube video from UW Integrated Pest and Crop Management on pulling soil cores and submitting samples below. There are further forms and instructions at the bottom of this page under SOIL RESOURCES

To view or download a copy of the 2018 results, navigate to the Wisconsin Corn Agronomy website at or see

Crop Input Resources For Low Profit Margins

Crop Input Resources for Low Margins

Extension Apps Help Price Corn Silage and High Moisture Corn

2019 Pricing Silage & HMSC

Harvesting Grain Crops After A Snow

The 1st step to good soil health is good soil fertility.  Lime is the cornerstone to a good soil fertility program.  Proper soil sampling can help determine your liming needs to help build soil fertility in the most cost-effective manner.

Soil Sampling Liming

Farmer to Farmer

The Farmer to Farmer Hay, Forage and Corn List puts Wisconsin farmers in touch with one another for the purpose of buying and/or selling corn and forage. The farmer to farmer list is free of charge to both buyers and sellers. Users can list or search for hay, alfalfa haylage, corn silage, high moisture corn, corn grain, or other forages (i.e., oats, peas, or Sorghum).

Soil Testing Resources

These soil resources ARE AVAILABLE at your local Walworth County UW-Extension office

We are located at 100 W Walworth St #201 Elkhorn, WI 53121. 262-741-4963

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