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COVID-19: 5 Things Your Farm Should Do Now

Mar 30, 2020

As novel coronavirus (COVID-19) makes its way into the U.S., are you prepared for some of the more likely scenarios that could impact your operation? 

Don’t Rely On The Way You’ve Always Done It

Feb 11, 2020

“It’s the way we’ve always done it.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that phrase. As a farmer myself, I understand how difficult change can be. The agriculture industry is facing some big challenges right now and trying something new might seem risky. But these disruptive times demand that we change how we work to best defend the profitability potential of our farms. So, how do you make changes with confidence? The answer is sound data, expert advice and state-of-the-art technology.

As Trump Takes Victory Lap, Canada Begins USMCA Approval

Jan 30, 2020

President Trump led a 37-minute celebration of the new NAFTA on Wednesday, signing the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement on the White House lawn during a ceremony packed with laudatory descriptions of the “very, very special” tri-national free trade agreement. Federal analysts say the USMCA, when fully implemented, will increase U.S. food and agricultural exports by 1.1%.

DOJ Probes Dean Foods/Dairy Farmers Of America Proposed Merger

Jan 29, 2020

The Department of Justice is looking into the potential antitrust implications of a proposed deal between bankrupt milk processor Dean Foods and the giant dairy cooperative Dairy Farmers of America (DFA). According to a Monday report in the Wall Street Journal, the department is investigating “the potential loss of competition for selling raw milk” that could result from a merger.

The Market Is Incentivizing Farmers to Plant Fewer Soybeans

Jan 28, 2020

Grain markets have had a tough time the past few weeks, with soybeans dropping nearly 80¢ recently after supposedly bullish news of the Chinese-U.S. trade phase one deal.That has dragged corn and wheat prices lower, although they have not performed as badly as the soybean market.For example, soybean prices since January 2 have dropped 73¢ on the March contract, to January 28, with corn down only 7¢ and CBOT wheat actually up 12¢ in that time frame. While soybean prices have tanked, wheat prices have actually run higher.That is providing incentive for farmers this winter to remove soybeans from the planting mix even more, substituting instead spring wheat and corn.

Researchers Work to Unearth Hemp’s Soil Needs

Jan 28, 2020

Soil health is a crucial yet historically underrated aspect of farming. However, many of today’s farmers realize that healthy soil leads to healthier crops and a more stable ecosystem. As Wisconsin heads into its third hemp farming season, how does soil health come into play with this old-yet-new-again crop?Carrie Laboski is a professor and UW–Division of Extension soil fertility and nutrient management specialist. Through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and the UW-Division of Extension’s hemp research program launched last spring, Laboski is working with her colleagues in agronomy to research best growing practices for hemp. Her research focused on hemp for grain and fiber.

Will Total U.S. AG Exports Rise If China Buys More?

Jan 28, 2020

Without a doubt, the best outcome from the Phase One agreement with China “is the possibility of U.S. exports to China returning to pretrade war levels,” says economist Dave Widmar. But it’s not clear how larger sales to China would affect overall U.S. ag exports, which are forecast at $139 billion this year and have varied from a low of roughly $130 billion to a record-high $152 billion over the past several years.

Four Farmers Weigh In On Regenerative Ag Practices At The National No-Tillage Conference

Jan 15, 2020

Argentine scientist and farmer Roberto Peiretti got right to the point in the first presentation of the 2020 National No-till Conference with a warning for the world’s food producers: Farming systems will need to change to meet growing demands for food.

Beloit Family Cashes In on Hemp Farming

Jan 11, 2020

BELOIT, Wis. (AP) – Growing hemp plants is more difficult than it looks.“They are definitely divas. They like to be pampered and cared for a lot,” said Rock Hemp Corp. President Adam Aberle.Adam Aberle, his wife Kristina and kids Kaylee, 12, Ava, 8, Addison, 6, and Andrew, 2, have grown their first fields of it this summer.The family launched a new business supplying the growing demand for products with CBD oil and will be opening the Hemp Hut Inc. in Janesville in early January.“It’s profitable. We haven’t sold everything we grew this year, but sales are gaining speed,” Aberle told the Beloit Daily News.While the crop which became legal to grow in Wisconsin in 2018 has created somewhat of a “green rush,” many people jumped in before doing all the research and have already exited the market after wrestling with the finicky plant.

Getting Familiar With Fungicides

Feb 02, 2019

Fungicides are an integral part of efficient food production to not only protect yield, but to maintain the quality of the grain, vegetable, or fruit. A fungicide is not needed in every field, nor in every year to manage diseases, but the availability of fungicides is a valuable tool. Equally so, the loss of a fungicide through disease resistance is a problem that affects us all.

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