|Brownfield Ag News|
|Weather making Wisconsin harvest difficult to finish|
|Tue, 21 Nov 2017 04:08:18 +0000|
Cool, wet weather and even some snow in far northern Wisconsin is making it tough to complete the harvest.
Barron County Ag Agent Tim Jergenson tells Brownfield some producers in northwestern Wisconsin got a bit of a weather break over the weekend. “Our producers were actually able to make some progress over the weekend, and we got a little bit of sunshine. Even though, there were some deer hunters that chose not to hunt and chose to combine instead.
|Wisconsin’s Governor “America’s Dairyland” stays on license plates|
|Tue, 21 Nov 2017 03:54:42 +0000|
Wisconsin’s Governor opposes removing the America’s Dairyland slogan from the state’s vehicle license plates. In a radio interview last week, Scott Walker said, “We are proud to be America’s Dairyland” and that, “our bread and butter, literally and figuratively, is agriculture and manufacturing together.”
The proposal to change license plates was suggested by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce and a bill was drafted by Waukesha Representative Scott Allen. Both have been getting pushback from the dairy industry.
|South Dakota dairy opportunities bring challenges|
|Tue, 21 Nov 2017 03:38:27 +0000|
A South Dakota farmer is part of the state’s new dairy boon.
Allen Merrill is a dairy farmer on the outskirts of Parker, South Dakota. Merrill tells Brownfield some dairy operations moved herds while others are developing new herds. “What I’ve seen is new generations coming to South Dakota that have been in the industry with family for a long time, be it they’re coming from California or from Illinois or Ohio, there’s just a lot of different footprints around, but South Dakota they see as an opportunity.
|EPA seeks WOTUS extension|
|Tue, 21 Nov 2017 03:11:54 +0000|
The Environmental Protection Agency wants to extend the effective date of the Waters Of The United States (WOTUS) rule by two years to prevent enforcement while the agency rewrites it.
District 7 EPA Administrator Jim Gulliford tells Brownfield a new WOTUS rule is being drafted. “In the near future, we’ll see an announcement of a rule that will hopefully rebalance the relationship of these federal agencies with the agricultural community.”
Gulliford isn’t sure how long rewriting the WOTUS rule will take.
|Other countries interested in U.S. crop insurance model|
|Tue, 21 Nov 2017 03:00:15 +0000|
A risk management advisor says other countries want to know more about how the U.S. crop insurance system works.
Thomas Zacharias is the President of National Crop Insurance Services. He tells Brownfield crop insurance is handled differently in most other countries. He says, “In general, they do not have the sort of federal system that we do. It tends to be more localized. They’re attempting to involve their departments of agriculture and their governments into it, but it doesn’t have near the capacity or infrastructure that we have in the U.S.”
Zacharias tells Brownfield representatives from Japan, Serbia, Austria, Germany came to the U.S.
|Nebraska’s corn harvest nears completion|
|Tue, 21 Nov 2017 02:58:50 +0000|
The latest crop progress report puts Nebraska’s corn harvest at 93 percent complete, slightly behind the five-year average.
Sorghum harvest was 91 percent, compared to 97 average.
Winter wheat condition rated 56 percent good to excellent and 33 percent fair.
|Iowa’s corn harvest at 92 percent|
|Tue, 21 Nov 2017 02:50:12 +0000|
The finish line is in sight for Iowa’s corn harvest.
As of Sunday, 92 percent of Iowa’s corn crop was harvested, eight days behind the five-year average.
“Harvest progress continued across much of the state with some Iowa farmers finishing combining and completing other fall field work, including construction of conservation practices,” said Mike Naig, Iowa deputy secretary of agriculture. “There is still harvest work to be done across the state, especially in northeast, southwest and south-central Iowa where 15 percent of corn is still in the field.”
|More farmers are walking away from high land rent|
|Tue, 21 Nov 2017 02:01:43 +0000|
An agricultural lender says more producers are walking away from rented land.
Jase Wagner is Chief Financial Officer for Compeer Financial, and he tells Brownfield “Yeah, we’re definitely seeing the ceiling. It’s different across our territory in Minnesota down through Illinois on where that ceiling is, but many of those have reached that ceiling or are above it, to be quite honest, in today’s land values and prices.”
Wagner tells Brownfield more of his producer clients are making the tough choice to let go of land they’ve cropped for years.