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.
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.