Thanks to a cooperative weather start to April farmers may be looking at an early planting season and a relatively early start to the alfalfa harvest. ag reporter mike Austin joined Ag agent Kevin Jarek to check the progress and condition of this years crop in Outagamie County
Mike Austin at the 2015 WPS Farm Show in Oshkosh
To make quality milk, a producer needs quality silage. And researcher has been showing that the use of inoculates is helping to raise the level of preservation giving the growers an opportunity to feed some high quality feeds to their dairy animals
After record breaking prices in 2014 declines in producer prices are already underway. How prepared are state farmers for these lower returns and what is the economic status report for Wisconsin Agriculture?. Secretary Brancel shares his insights.
Ag exports continue to grow in importance to the Wisconsin's ag economy. In 2014 Ag exports rose by 13%, setting a record in both value and volume. While Wisconsin agricultural goods went to 145 different countries their top customers are Canada, Mexico and China.
The forecasts for 2015 seems to be that producer prices will be down. But what of expenses. In a recent visit to The UW Ag Campus I talked to ag economist Bruce Jones on what the cost of production is going to be for the raising of a crop or the production of a hundred pounds of milk.
Agriculture remains the foundation for todays FFA but the program benefits go beyond just the industry. Today we get the inside story of what todays FFA is all about and why membership continues to grow.
Forecasts are out for dairy in 2015 and it looks like prices will be down. But what of margins? Ag Economists Mark Stephenson shares his insights into milk supply, demand and cost of production
Although the cuts have just been proposed the dean at the college of agriculture and life services on the UW Madison campus is already bracing for its impact. She explains how this will impact not only faculty and students but the state ag community as well.
In the hope of turning around what has been a faltering fluid milk market the national dairy board along with dairy management inc. formed partnerships with six companies including Coca Cola to provide fluid milk options to the consumer. The first to hit the market is called Fairlife from Coke.
Because of the impact the drought of 2014 had on cattle inventory and culling rates. Beef prices took off in 2103 and were even stronger in 2014. Will that trend continue in 2015. A UW Beef specialists shares her insights on what producers and consumers can expect
We learned in Econ 101 that price is determined by supply and demand. On the dairy scene it looks as if production will be rising, so how does demand look to counter that increase in production in determining this years class 3 price.
This years recipient of the 2014 Leopold Conservation Award is a long time practitioner of conservation efforts. Jack Herricks says he made the commitment in part to not only improve the health of his soil and water but also to preserve his land and water for the next generation of farmers in his family.
While many of us go into hibernation during the heart of winter. FFA members throughout the state have been preparing for their regional speaking contests. A program that many feel benefits not only the members but also the entire ag industry.
UW Extension has been focusing their attention on ways producers can be more efficient in feeding their dairy herd. In particular one focal point has been on the grouping of lactating dairy cows
With milk prices projected to fall at least through the first half of the year. UW extension is providing farmers with more information on how to increase their feed efficiency and protect their margin.
There's a lot of excitement at a small charter school in Fox Lake Wisconsin where three, 5th graders have put together a video that could win their school ten thousand dollars.
Dairy prices have been projected to fall this year. We've heard that for sometime now. The question has been by how much? Industry leaders and dairy farmers got a good indication of that during the UW AG Economic Forum held on the UW Campus.
After the record setting prices for dairy in 2014 everyone is expecting lower milk prices this year. But the question is by how much? The USDA's January 2015 supply and demand report gave the first indication of how big that drop might be.
Agriculture was excited to hear the President request Trade Promotion Authority from Congress during the State of the Union Address. And while republicans seem to support the idea, democrats do not. So can it happen?
The start of the new year is always a great time to review your financial status. An according to Ag banker Sam Miller with more market volatility and projected lower returns this would be an ideal year for producers to do that
After record prices for dairy in 2014. Forecasts are out that prices could drop by 5-7 dollars a hundredweight this year. Still, Ag banker Sam Miller feels producers are prepared for these price drops and could still see some decent margins in 2015
The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Convention is about many things including the recognition of some its outstanding members. This year Dustin Williams was recognized for his personal accomplishments along with his advocacy on some key agricultural issues.
It looks as if milk prices will tumble in 2015 and even though we are not expecting a major drop like we saw it 2009. The drop will be dramatic enough that producers will need some type of marketing strategy to protect their margins
Since it inception in the 90's it has been the mission of the Animal Agricultural Alliance to connect, educate and protect production agriculture and the consumers right to choose. Their CEO shared how they do this and spoke to the fact that the greatest advocates for ag are the farmers who worked the land and raise and care for the livestock.
Ag leaders know exactly what they want this Christmas. However they are going to need some cooperation from Congress for that to happen and they are hopeful that members of Congress will not play the role of Scrooge.
Milk production is on the rise and that trend is expected to continue into 2015. And milk prices have started to falter and that trend also looks to continue in 2015. So what are producer to do to protect their margins? A market analyst with Stewart Peterson shares his thoughts.
Some 40 students from Edison Middle School spent a day visiting all the stops that are necessary to building a pizza. The students visited an operation where wheat is produced, then visited a dairy farm before learning how to plant tomato seeds and ultimately preparing their own personal pizza.
With agriculture being such a capital intensive industry interest rates are always a focal point and at this years version of trade talk in Kansas City. Farm Credit shared the results of a poll of their CFO's on what they though may happen to interest rates in 2015.
With the Republicans now having control of both the senate and the house there will be changes in committee leadership including the two Ag committees. Who is expected to hold those positions and what issues may they be addressing in 2015. A lobbyist from AFBF shared his insights.
DMI and the National Dairy Board have had quite a bit of success forming partnerships with companies to increase dairy product consumption, especially in the cheese category. Now they are hoping to accomplish more positive results in the fluid milk sales through new partnerships formed with 7 companies.
With planting starting late, and now the harvest being challenged by far from ideal weather, No one was really expecting any exceptional yields this year. That is why it's been a pleasant surprise to hear of some 200 bushel plus yields and the news that a Seymour area farmers has set a new yield record for Outagamie County.
Wisconsin's corn harvest continues to be lagging behind the national pace and one of the areas with the biggest delays are right here in Northeastern Wisconsin. Growers are frustrated although there are some pockets where producers are seeing some pretty good yields.
Despite efforts by area growers to take advantage of every weather window they get, the harvest pace is still lagging behind the norm. And while harvesting corn for silage went past Halloween, the grain harvest is projected to go past Thanksgiving as well.
With more and more agronomists and soil specialist encouraging producers to use more cover crops. the agronomists from the Marshfield experimental farm was asked to share some of his field results on various cover crop options during the NWTC Fall Field Days.
With farmers playing catch-up all year and concerns over compaction rising some producers are thinking twice about their fall tillage. Also during NWTC's fall field day a big focus was on the benefits on good surface and core soil treatment, and the impact tillage has.
During the annual convention of the National Milk Producers Federation CEO Jim Mulhern stressed priorities that the industry needs to address now. Right near the top of the list was the F.A.R.M Program, an effort that National Milk has made mandatory for its members to be a part of to show that animal care is a priority in producing milk and dairy products.
With consumers wanting to know more about how their food is produced, and with so much misinformation on the internet, dairy farmers are being encouraged to be more active in telling their story. And DMI is providing options for them to educate the consumer.
Forecasters are starting to share their estimates of where they feel the class 3 price will be in 2015. Most agree prices and margins will be lower than what they were this year and some feel the average class 3 in 2015 will be at least four to five dollars a hundred below this year, prompting many to suggest dairy producers consider the milk margin protection program
With jobs being a key emphasis for this fall's elections. if you wanted to highlight a field were job opportunities are readily available for qualified applicants you would be talking about agriculture. And that was what representatives and students of FVTC were showcasing during their recent Ag career day
Although the 2014 farm bill placed more emphasis on crop insurance as a farmers safety net. The farm bill also provided growers with two other options, the ARC and PLC plan. And county FSA offices are now holding informational meetings to help growers better understand their options.
Although 2014 has been a strong year for dairy prices that trend is not expected to continue into 2015. Even with feed prices down margins will be tighter and that is why the FSA is holding informational meetings on what the milk margin protection program has to offer.
2014 has been a strong sales year for dairy products with the exception of milk. Milk sales have been faltering for years, but in the hope of turning that trend around the industry has put together a producer task force.
It been a long time coming but in 2017 Kewaunee county will be hosting the state's largest outdoor agricultural show in the state..... Farm Tech Days. In visiting with committee members and the host family its pretty obvious how happy they are to host the event and how they are looking to the event to highlight the diversity of agriculture on the county
With some farm families looking to bring their children into the operation some questions need to be answered. One of those is if you're expanding your herd, do you look to expand your workforce or do you look to technology such as robotic milkers.
Because of our red clay soils the loss of sediments into the Fox River are a concern of area residents and producers alike. In an effort to improve the physical structure and properties of the soil, and to allow less trips over the field, a demo project in Northeastern Wisconsin is showing how cover crops can provide both an economic and environmental benefit.
Prior to his first debate Governor Walker visited several family farms in the state to tout his policies and also get input on what the state can do to help farms continue to grow. One of his stops was at the Diederich family farm in Depere who had plenty to share.
A recent study was conducted to find out what is the current impact of the dairy industry on the states economy. The results was pretty impressive, totaling 43.4 billion dollars.
Dairy prices set records in 2014 but are expected to falter in 2015. How far they fall may be dependent on demand, which has held up this year despite strong consumer dairy prices
With milk prices at record high levels very few producers considered sign up for the milk margin protection program for this years production. However, 2015 looks to be a very different story with much lower prices expected. So many in the industry are encouraging dairy producers to sign up their 2015 milk production.