Category Archives: Ag News

USDA reports 2% rise in winter wheat acreage

USDA reports 2% rise in winter wheat acreage

The USDA says producers planted more winter wheat in 2021 than in 2020. The total of 34.397 million acres was up 2% on the year, with a 1% increase in hard red winter to 23.8 million acres, a 6% jump for soft red winter to 7.07 million, and a 2% rise for white winter wheat…read more

Secretary appreciates flexibility in new Wisconsin ag export funding

Secretary appreciates flexibility in new Wisconsin ag export funding

Wisconsin’s ag secretary says the trade promotion dollars from the Legislature and the Governor give the state more flexibility when promoting Wisconsin exports. Randy Romanski tells Brownfield until now, promoting agricultural exports meant using funds from the federal government and business donors, and going along on a federal trade mission featuring products from multiple states.…read more

USDA: record soybean production in 2021

USDA: record soybean production in 2021

U.S. farmers produced a record amount of soybeans in 2021. The USDA says production of 4.435 billion bushels was up 5% from 2020, with a fractionally higher average yield at 51.4 bushels per acre and a 5% rise in harvested area to 86.332 million acres. In 2021, U.S. soybean production was 4.216 billion bushels with…read more

McKinney expects no change to stepped-up basis

McKinney expects no change to stepped-up basis

The former USDA Undersecretary of Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs expects Washington will not make devastating tax law changes that would hurt farmers and ranchers. Ted McKinney says, “If stepped-up basis was going to be included in that attempt to find money to pay the bills, it would have been in the first round, which…read more

Young ag leaders share spotlight at AFBF convention

Young ag leaders share spotlight at AFBF convention

The American Farm Bureau Federation’s national convention takes place this weekend in Atlanta, and Wisconsin Farm Bureau President Kevin Krentz says the national event is not all policy discussion.  He tells Brownfield it’s also great for training our next ag leaders. “We have a number of young farmer contestants going down there to compete both…read more

Milk, cattle, beef price issues expected to be a hot AFBF discussion topic

Milk, cattle, beef price issues expected to be a hot AFBF discussion topic

The president of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation says farm gate prices will be the big topic of discussion at the national conference in Atlanta this weekend. Kevin Krentz tells Brownfield the Wisconsin delegation is actively working on dairy price issues, as much of the industry has asked USDA to reopen the Federal Milk Marketing…read more

Drought a problem in southern Wisconsin

Drought a problem in southern Wisconsin

Dry weather continues to be an issue in parts of Wisconsin. The USDA says long-term drought is having an impact on southern portions of the state, with little relief from the mid-month storms. Those storms did cause some damage to fences, buildings, and irrigation equipment. Warmer than normal temperatures have limited ice damage to alfalfa…read more

Counselor says managing farm stress has changed

Counselor says managing farm stress has changed

A mental health counselor says dealing with stress on the farm has changed in the past few years. Jessica Beauchamp from Off the Couch Counseling and Consultation says, “It’s probably always existed. People are just reaching out more now.” Beauchamp is one of many counselors who work with farmers referred by the Wisconsin Farm Center. …read more

Wisconsin potato & vegetable growers support well remediation law changes

Wisconsin potato & vegetable growers support well remediation law changes

Wisconsin’s potato and vegetable growers would like to see the state’s well remediation program expanded.  WPVGA’s Executive Director Tamas Houlihan tells Brownfield he testified in favor of State Senate Bill 678.  He says the existing well program doesn’t meet the need. “It only allows folks to apply for the well remediation if they have levels…read more

USDA maple syrup grant aims to expand Wisconsin production

USDA maple syrup grant aims to expand Wisconsin production

A new Extension program will help expand maple syrup production in Wisconsin. Jeremy Solin is a natural resource professional, and small business owner whose children are fifth-generation syrup producers in the Stevens Point and Antigo areas.  He says it’s great to see the University of Wisconsin Extension get more directly involved with help from a…read more