Category Archives: Ag News

GROWMARK introduces myFS Agronomy app

GROWMARK introduces myFS Agronomy app

A new agronomic application is providing farmers with data-driven insights throughout the growing season.  Brendan Bachman, GROWMARK’s director of FS agronomy, says they’ve partnered with Intelinair to introduce the myFS Agronomy app. “What we’re really trying to do is bring an easier, more simplistic, intuitive way for farmers to engage with our local FS crop…read more

Wisconsin’s potato and oat planting is making good progress

Wisconsin’s potato and oat planting is making good progress

Wisconsin farmers were able to get a lot of field work done in the week ending Sunday.  USDA statistician Greg Busler says the wet and cool conditions continued to delay significant row crop planting in the state, but farmers were preparing equipment, getting some spring tillage done, and planting potatoes, oats, and alfalfa.  There was…read more

Wisconsin’s potato and oat planting progress good

Wisconsin’s potato and oat planting progress good

Wisconsin farmers were able to get a lot of field work done in the week ending Sunday.  USDA statistician Greg Busler says the wet and cool conditions continued to delay significant row crop planting in the state, but farmers were preparing equipment, getting some spring tillage done, and planting potatoes, oats, and alfalfa.  There was…read more

E15 waiver allows supply chain to adjust in nick of time

E15 waiver allows supply chain to adjust in nick of time

An ethanol producer says the EPA’s summertime waiver allowing the sale of E15 fuel is very welcome, but knowing sooner would have been better for the fuels industry and consumers. Erik Huschitt from Badger State Ethanol tells Brownfield a lot of preparation happens in the supply chain ahead of the June 1st deadline. “We’re approaching…read more

Wisconsin school’s tractor day has special purpose

Wisconsin school’s tractor day has special purpose

Many schools have a day where students bring farm tractors to school, but in Auburndale, Wisconsin, it’s a special day with a purpose. Ag educator Mark Cournoyer tells Brownfield nearly 40 students will bring old and new tractors for the parade through town, which raises money for a different cause every year. “Every year, they…read more

Slow and steady rain a welcome delay

Slow and steady rain a welcome delay

A southwestern Wisconsin farmer is glad to see this week’s steady, light rain.  Darin Von Ruden farms in the hilly driftless region near Westby, and he says topsoil moisture is adequate, but subsoil levels are not good, so this week’s slow and steady rain is welcome. “We like those one-inch, 24-hour rains. They’re some of…read more

Potato planting well underway in Wisconsin

Potato planting well underway in Wisconsin

Potato growers in Wisconsin’s central sands region have been making good planting progress.  One of them is Andy Diercks at Coloma Farms.  He says, “We’re probably 35-40% (done), something like that.” Diercks tells Brownfield his crew started planting a week ago, and some other growers began around ten days ago. “We’ve really only got two…read more

Weeds have a head start this spring

Weeds have a head start this spring

A weed scientist says the mild winter has given problem weeds a big head start.  Rodrigo Werle with the University of Wisconsin says, “Giant ragweed just started emerging last week at our research farm near Janesville.” He tells Brownfield he’s talked to several farmers and consultants who had sprayers rolling over the weekend. “Very favorable…read more

Seed dealer says most farmers are sticking to rotation plan

Seed dealer says most farmers are sticking to rotation plan

A farmer and seed salesman says there were no big shifts in seed orders this spring. Ryan Ripp with Dairyland Seed tells Brownfield only a few of his customers made changes based on commodity prices. “We are seeing a little uptick in soybean sales, just a little bit of switchover, not a ton, though. I…read more

Agronomist: Plant when the soil is ready

Agronomist: Plant when the soil is ready

Recent moisture and more rain in the forecast has many Wisconsin farmers waiting to plant. Arika Wech with Pioneer in Wisconsin says soil conditions have to be right before planting. “Obviously, a nice upcoming forecast doesn’t hurt either, but you absolutely want to make sure that soil is fit. If you have soil that is…read more