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Milk production up in some states, down in others

Milk production up in some states, down in others

A dairy economist says U.S. milk production is up, but more in some states than others. Mark Stephenson is the emeritus director of the Center for Dairy Profitability at the University of Wisconsin Madison.  He tells Brownfield some regions have production spikes while others have significant production losses. “South Dakota is a big gainer. Texas…read more

Wisconsin farmer confident about spring inputs

Wisconsin farmer confident about spring inputs

A western Wisconsin farmer says his spring crop inputs are lined up with one exception. Tom Gillis from River Falls tells Brownfield he did get some applications done in the fall. “We already applied our dry fertilizer, and haven’t locked in our nitrogen source yet. Other than that, most everything else has been promised as…read more

CNH strike over

CNH strike over

The nearly nine-month-long strike affecting Iowa and Wisconsin agricultural equipment producers is over. CNH Industrial says they were notified Monday by the United Auto Workers that its members ratified the latest contract agreement for nearly 11 hundred employees in Burlington, Iowa, and Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin.  Case IH and New Holland tractors are manufactured in Wisconsin. …read more

Wisconsin Farm Bureau critical of DNR wolf meeting plan

Wisconsin Farm Bureau critical of DNR wolf meeting plan

Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources wants to hold a virtual listening session to discuss wolf management, but Farm Bureau says the meeting format isn’t fair to farmers. President Kevin Krentz tells Brownfield many farmers in the areas most affected by wolves don’t have adequate broadband coverage to participate in a virtual event. “What we want…read more

Dairy group says new lawmakers need to understand ag issues

Dairy group says new lawmakers need to understand ag issues

A dairy lobbyist says the industry will have to spend some time educating the newly elected lawmakers, and not just at the national level.  Chad Zuleger with the Dairy Business Association says Wisconsin, for example, has many new faces. “We’ve got a significant turnover of state lawmakers, and that really presents challenges but opportunities as…read more

Farmers Union donates 180,000 pounds of pork to pantries

Farmers Union donates 180,000 pounds of pork to pantries

The 35,000-pound shipment of pork was received by Wisconsin Farmers Union Rural Organizer Hayden Cohan, right, and Second Harvest Foodbank Director of Marketing & Communications Kristopher Tazelaar. PHOTO: Farmers Union Farmers Union Enterprises has teamed up with state Farmers Unions and food banks in five states to donate 180,000 pounds of pork.  The pork is…read more

Signup deadline near for Wisconsin’s nitrogen optimization pilot program

Signup deadline near for Wisconsin’s nitrogen optimization pilot program

Wisconsin farmers can still sign up for the state’s new nitrogen optimization pilot program.  University of Wisconsin soil scientist Matt Ruark tells Brownfield the state-funded program helps farmers test different nitrogen use practices with less financial risk. “They’re going to cover the cost of time, of land, of yield loss, of soil testing, of you…read more

Agribusinesses recruit next generation at business conference

Agribusinesses recruit next generation at business conference

Agribusinesses are taking advantage of their educational conferences and trade shows to recruit that next-generation ag worker.  One part of the Wisconsin Agri-Business Classic is the Agri-Business connections program, where ag suppliers and trade show participants can show young people about ag career opportunities.  Frank Damit is with Alcivia Cooperative tells Brownfield it’s hard finding…read more

Lower hay production cuts into domestic supply

Lower hay production cuts into domestic supply

U.S. hay production declined in 2022 because of lower yields and acreage, which has impacted the domestic supply. The all hay total last year of 112.801 million tons was down 7.395 million on the year, with the average yield slightly lower at 2.28 tons per acre and harvested area falling under 50 million acres. Nebraska,…read more

U.S. oat production up sharply

U.S. oat production up sharply

U.S. oat production was up in 2022 with higher national planted area and better average yield following improved weather in the northern Plains. The crop was reported at 57.655 million bushels, 45% larger than 2021, with an average yield of 64.8 bushels per acre, 3.5 higher. Overall, planted area was up slightly, led by increases…read more