GRATIOT — After wind storms and drought killed many of the trees in his pasture, Steve Holland was brainstorming ways to bring shade back for his grazing Jersey cow herd. He had seen a portable shade structure advertised and was going back and forth on whether to make the investment, finally…

The Southwest Wisconsin Grazing Network is hosting two beef-focused pasture walks, the first on Saturday, July 27 at 10:30 a.m. at Studnicka Cattle Company, 1435 Blue River Road, Muscoda, and the second on Tuesday, Aug. 6 at 1 p.m. at Mike and Matt Mueller’s farm, 748 Enloe Road, Rewey.

ONALASKA — Patrick McHugh has high hopes for hemp, not only for its monetary value as a specialty crop, but also for the value it offers him in his efforts to improve soil health on his family farm.

The Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service has hired Chuck Anderas to lead its team of on-farm organic specialists answering farmers’ questions about organic standards and production practices through the MOSES Organic Answer Line (888-90-MOSES).

Yahara Pride Farms, a farmer-led non-profit organization in south central Wisconsin, has just released its Annual Report that documents information and research on the reductions in phosphorus delivered to nearby surface waters by farmers in the Yahara watershed in 2018.

Traffic is sure to be a concern not only for visitors of Farm Technology Days at Walter Grain Farms, July 23-25, but also for residents of Lake Mills, Johnson Creek and the southside of Watertown.

MADISON — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers recently signed the state’s 2019-21 biennial budget, providing $8.8 million in funding for broadly defined dairy research at UW-Madison, UW-Platteville and UW-River Falls, a move dairy supporters from across the state are applauding.

Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin is teaming up with the Milwaukee Brewers all season long to highlight the importance of Wisconsin’s signature industry for consumers and to honor Wisconsin dairy farmers with numerous activities and an Aug. 11 Farmers Appreciation Day and pre-game tailgate.

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The UW-Madison Division of Extension and the Dairy Business Association invite farm managers and owners to explore how business culture influences success during challenging times on Aug. 12 at Rosy-Lane Holsteins near Watertown.

JOHNSON CREEK — Visitors approaching Walter Grain Farms recently have been quick to spot several large tents that have been erected in the days before Wisconsin Farm Technology Days, hosted this year by the Walter family in Jefferson County. Semi-loads of equipment continue to be delivered d…

Wisconsin Farm Technology Days Jefferson County recently released photos of their limited-edition collectible tractor for 2019. It is a 1600 Oliver with 74H mounted corn picker (1/16 die-cast model).

The Agriculture Department’s latest Crop Progress report shows 98% of U.S. corn has emerged, as of the week ending July 7, up from 94% the previous week and just 2% below a year ago and the five year average. 57% of the crop is rated good to excellent, down from 75% a year ago.

MADISON — When Valentin Picasso, an assistant professor in UW-Madison’s agronomy department; Julie Olmstead, a program officer at The McKnight Foundation; and Fred Iutzi, president of The Land Institute, were all working in the lab together at Iowa State University many years ago, they often…

VERONA — Sprawling across about 570 acres, the West Madison Agricultural Research Station is unique among Wisconsin’s agricultural research stations. It’s surrounded by development and is home to the University Display Gardens; it is also the site where most of the feed and bedding for UW-Ma…

Rotational grazing, soil health, pasture diversity and soil building crop rotations will be the focus of a grazing field day on Saturday, July 13, between Plainview, Minn., and Weaver, Minn.

RIDGEWAY — Last Sunday, June 30, promised to be an interesting one as visitors arrived at Meadowlark Organics to looming dark clouds off in the distance. As more than 100 people enjoyed coffee and breakfast treats made with organic grains, the clouds moved closer, opening up their gates just…

Dairy farmers, allied members of the dairy community and guests are invited to attend annual policy picnics July 17-18, co-hosted by Dairy Business Association and Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative and held at four locations over two days on member farms. Each free policy picnic will include a m…

A true Wisconsin original, the first ice cream sundae was invented in Two Rivers. In 1881, a customer at Edward C. Berner’s soda fountain asked for his ice cream topped with chocolate sauce. Previously, chocolate sauce was reserved only for ice cream sodas. Originally this new combination wa…

The Agriculture Department announced the June Federal order benchmark milk price at $16.27 per hundredweight, down 11 cents from May but $1.06 above June 2018 and is $1.84 above what California’s 4b cheese milk price was in June 2018. While down from May, it’s the highest Class III price sin…

PLAINVIEW — With alfalfa in the crop rotation and pastureland in the mix, Stacy Miller’s 350-acre dairy farm already played a role in filtering runoff flowing toward the Mississippi River. With a new lagoon and nutrient management plan, the 85-cow operation now does even more to protect grou…

Dairy manufacturers from throughout the state submitted a record number 445 entries for the 2019 Wisconsin State Fair Dairy Products Contest, which took place June 20 at Wisconsin State Fair Park. The contest featured 39 classes, including a new division for milk.

MENOMONIE — Following his research into the cause of well contamination in Kewaunee County, Mark Borchardt, a microbiologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, has been asked to repeat his studies in other parts of the state.

JOHNSON CREEK — Thirty-five years ago, Bernard and Beverly Walter hosted Wisconsin Farm Progress Days, welcoming thousands of visitors to their farm to learn more about agriculture and to marvel at new technologies introduced into the agricultural world.

MONTFORT — At 8:20 p.m. last Wednesday night, June 26, it became official. About 30 people were present — dairy farmers, a calf raiser, a garlic grower, a UW-Platteville student, just to name a few — as Darin Von Ruden, president of the Wisconsin Farmers Union, announced that the new Iowa-Gr…

Farmers who planted cover crops on prevented plant acres will be permitted to hay, graze or chop those fields earlier than November this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced recently.

VERONA — Ted and Joan Ballweg have traveled the world, sampling foods and searching for the perfect varieties of chili peppers to bring back to what Ted calls his “Pepper Ponderosa,” a 5-acre plot of organic fields, raised beds and greenhouses that house more than 30 varieties of chili peppers.

Three Wisconsin dairies and one Minnesota dairy farm will be featured at this year’s World Dairy Expo, participating in the event’s virtual farm tours, which are presented daily to showcase a variety of farm aspects including genetics, technology, community engagement, environmental stewards…

MADISON — Wisconsin Agriculture Secretary Brad Pfaff couldn’t help but smile as he addressed the Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin board of directors last Wednesday, June 19. He recognized a lot of familiar faces and was reminded of the time when his own father served on the former Wisconsin Milk M…

The evening of May 11, 2019, will forever hold a special place in my heart. That night, in an auditorium filled with members of the Wisconsin agriculture community, I heard my name called to serve as our state’s 72nd Alice in Dairyland. As a farm girl since day one, agriculture has been my p…

We are starting to see more estimates released on potential new-crop balance sheets. Given all the issues the corn crop is facing, many analysts have lowered production forecasts and new-crop carryout totals. Most believe new-crop corn carryout will fall between 1 and 1.5 billion bushels at …

RICHLAND CENTER — When Claudia and Jerry Berres moved to their rural Richland Center farm in 1994, they were fortunate to follow in the footsteps of an area agriculture education teacher who had previously owned the property.

U.S. milk production is lagging. The Agriculture Department’s latest Milk Production report pegs preliminary May output at a bullish 19.06 billion pounds, down 0.4 percent from May 2018, second month in six years output was below a year ago. Output in the top 24 producing states hit 18.1 bil…

OCONOMOWOC — Total U.S. organic sales topped the $50 billion mark in 2018, with organic corn averaging $10 per bushel and organic soybeans averaging $18.50 per bushel. The organic market continues to grow too, with demand outpacing domestic supply, providing opportunities for Wisconsin’s gra…

CHIPPEWA FALLS — The first year of Wisconsin’s industrial hemp pilot program proved a challenge to farmers. This year, more than six times the number of farmers who participated in the inaugural season are hoping to give the crop a try.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing up to $25 million per year over the next five years to help support the adoption and evaluation of innovative conservation approaches on agricultural lands.