Category Archives: Ag News

Wisconsin farmers take advantage of dry weather

A warm and mostly dry week allowed Wisconsin farmers to continue harvesting silage and hay. USDA’s latest weekly crop report says with more than five days suitable for fieldwork, silage chopping advanced to 20 percent.  That’s more than a week behind a year ago and six days behind the five-year average. The fourth cutting of…read more

Wisconsin cranberry board set, corn board accepting nominations

Wisconsin cranberry board set, corn board accepting nominations

Wisconsin’s cranberry board election has been certified.  Rochelle Hoffman of Tomah, Amber Bristow of Warrens, and Michael Gnewikow of Warrens began serving their three-year terms on the board this month. The board oversees the collection and use of approximately $500,000 in checkoff assessment fees paid by Wisconsin cranberry growers.  The funding supports research, education, and…read more

Wisconsin crops look good after more rain

Wisconsin crops look good after more rain

Wisconsin’s crops are doing well, especially after weekend rains in the southeastern part of the state where it had been dry.  Most of the state received at least half an inch last week. USDA reporters say 92% of the state’s corn is in the dough stage and 63% of the corn is dented.  Ten percent…read more

Wisconsin farmer says crops very good, but no new records

Wisconsin farmer says crops very good, but no new records

Casey Kelleher A farmer in southeastern Wisconsin expects no record crops, but very good crops this fall.  Casey Kelleher raises corn and soybeans on about 35 hundred acres near Whitewater, Wisconsin just west of Milwaukee.  Kelleher tells Brownfield his crops look good. “We had a dry stretch there and we had some tip back on…read more

USDA lowers 2022 corn, soybean crop estimates

USDA lowers 2022 corn, soybean crop estimates

The USDA has trimmed its outlook for corn and soybean production. Weather has been widely varied for most of the growing season and this is the first round of field-based crop production estimates of the season, including updated planted and harvested acreage numbers based on recent USDA Farm Service Agency data. As of September 1st,…read more

New Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board members selected

New Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board members selected

Three new members are now serving on the Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board.  Kevin Bork from Grand Marsh now represents District 3, which includes Adams, Crawford, Grant, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Sauk, and Vernon counties. Jonathon Gibbs from Fox Lake is the District 4 representative serving Columbia, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Marquette, Waushara,…read more

Sensor research helps show crop damage, predict yields

Sensor research helps show crop damage, predict yields

Drones and sensor technology might soon help farmers predict alfalfa damage and yields. Brian Luck is the Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist in precision ag and machinery systems at the University of Wisconsin.  He says his team has spent time researching remote sensing in corn, soybeans, and alfalfa using unmanned aerial vehicles. “There’s a few…read more

Research shows cover crop biomass helps control tough weeds

Research shows cover crop biomass helps control tough weeds

Research at the University of Wisconsin is showing just how well cover crops can control problem weeds including waterhemp. Jose Nunes is an undergraduate researcher with the University of Wisconsin weed science program.  He tells Brownfield the ongoing research looks favorable for limiting weed growth. “We’re learning that the cereal rye can suppress waterhemp quite…read more

Wisconsin crops slightly behind but doing well

Wisconsin crops slightly behind but doing well

Wisconsin crops are doing well, but a bit behind schedule.  USDA reporters say 86% of the state’s corn is in the dough stage with 44% now dented.  That’s a week behind last year, but only a day behind average.  Seventy-eight percent of the state’s corn is reported to be good to excellent. Ninety-five percent of…read more

Wisconsin might set a state corn yield record

Wisconsin might set a state corn yield record

Corn yields are expected to be down in many states, but not in Wisconsin.  USDA statistician Greg Bussler tells Brownfield the Badger state is ahead of the national yield average. “Our August 1 forecast for Wisconsin is 185 bushels per acre, which is a record for the State of Wisconsin. That’s up five bushels from…read more