Category Archives: Ag News

Midwest Congress members introduce legislation to stop retroactive ethanol blending cuts

Midwest Congress members introduce legislation to stop retroactive ethanol blending cuts

Legislation introduced Tuesday in the U.S. House would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from retroactively reducing ethanol blending requirements. Ethanol groups are praising the Defend the Blend Act, which would prohibit the EPA from reducing the minimum applicable volume of biofuels into transportation fuel once renewable volume obligations are finalized for any given year. The…read more

Holiday demand keeps butter sales strong

Holiday demand keeps butter sales strong

A dairy checkoff group says holiday demand for butter is strong this year.  Suzanne Fanning with Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin tells Brownfield sales have not fallen since the start of the pandemic. “Still, they’re definitely up from 2019. We’re seeing like slightly lower than in 2020, just right at the boom of the pandemic, but…read more

Farm Support Program draws 15,000 Wisconsin farmer applications so far

Farm Support Program draws 15,000 Wisconsin farmer applications so far

Wisconsin’s ag secretary says applications for the state’s third round of farm support payments continue to come in. Randy Romanski tells Brownfield the need for assistance following the pandemic is still there. “We have so far seen over 15,000 farmers apply for the Farm Support Program, so that’s a strong start to the program. It’s…read more

Wisconsin farmers are nearing the end of harvest

Wisconsin farmers are nearing the end of harvest

Wisconsin’s harvest is mostly complete after another week of favorable weather for fieldwork. USDA reporters say 92% of corn for grain is now harvested and only some scattered soybean fields remain unharvested. Fall tillage is now 83% finished, and manure application is continuing across the state. Topsoil and subsoil moisture levels are right around 71%…read more

Wisconsin farmers made progress with tillage before weekend snow

Wisconsin farmers made progress with tillage before weekend snow

Wisconsin’s farmers had good weather for fieldwork before the weather changed and brought snow to parts of the state Saturday night.  USDA reporters say just under five days were suitable for fieldwork last week with temperatures from two to eight degrees above normal for this time of year. Fall tillage is now 73% finished, which…read more

Appraiser expects farmland values to remain strong in 2022

The chief appraiser for Compeer Financial does not expect farmland values to weaken next year. Mike Morris says that’s because commodity prices should remain high. “We’ll see at least a stabilization, if not an increase in values.” He tells Brownfield there’s still a lot of momentum despite more farmland coming on the market. “And with…read more

OSHA vaccine order has some agribusinesses concerned

OSHA vaccine order has some agribusinesses concerned

The Biden administration’s mandatory COVID vaccination order for all companies with more than 100 employees is getting both acceptance and pushback in the agriculture sector. John Umhoefer with the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association tells Brownfield he expects few if any problems within his membership. He says, “Right now, I’m sure our members are looking at…read more

Veterinarian says good calf care requires getting the little things right

Veterinarian says good calf care requires getting the little things right

A veterinarian says the basics for calf care haven’t changed. Dr. Scott Earnest from Lodi Veterinary Care in Wisconsin says, “The fundamentals of calf care haven’t changed. It’s colostrum. It’s calories. It’s cleanliness. It’ consistency.” Earnest talked with farmers about managing calves and ways to execute those fundamentals during a recent Professional Dairy Producers calf…read more

USDA raises corn crop guess, lowers soybean outlook

USDA raises corn crop guess, lowers soybean outlook

The USDA has made a month to month cut in its soybean production estimate, while raising the outlook for corn slightly. As of November 1st, this year’s U.S. soybean crop is seen at 4.425 billion bushels, 1% less than October following a cut in yield to 51.2 bushels per acre, but 7% more than 2020.…read more

Vilsack announces dairy, other conservation innovation projects

Vilsack announces dairy, other conservation innovation projects

Ag Secretary Vilsack and Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow announced eighteen new conservation innovation projects through USDA to support climate-smart agriculture and soil health.  The announcement happened during the recent climate meetings in Scotland. Vilsack says one of those projects involves a study of dairy cattle. “We’re announcing twenty-five million dollars that’s going to fund eighteen…read more