High interest among hemp growers suggests that Wisconsin is ready to supply the developing market, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection officials on March 13 told agricultural marketing representatives in the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The new farm bill includes a provision to allow industrial hemp production in the U.S. While the crop may be an option for farmers looking to diversify their system, there’s a lot of information to gather and consider before major decisions are made.

Interest in industrial hemp in Wisconsin continues to grow as the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection recently released application numbers for 2019. Nearly 2,100 individuals and businesses applied to grow or process hemp in Wisconsin’s second year of its industrial hemp…

Wisconsin potato growers have until April 1 to nominate three members to the industry’s market order board. Districts 1, 2 and District-at-large are eligible to nominate board members or be nominated.

A Land Stewardship Project workshop on how conventional and organic farmers can use the roller-crimper to build soil health and suppress weeds will be from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rushford, Minn.

JUNEAU — In 1982, after becoming tired of closing ditches in fields before going through with a combine, Steve Groff decided to experiment with no-till. Over the next few years, he began dabbling with cover crops and in 1995 started collecting research from them in hopes to answer the age-ol…

University of Minnesota Extension and the Southern Minnesota Wine Grower Alliance will host a Vineyard and Winery Management Workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Chankaska Creek Ranch and Winery in Kasota, Minn.

WISCONSIN DELLS — When UW-Madison Extension cropping systems weed scientist Rodrigo Werle asked a room full of farmers if they were concerned or dealing with waterhemp and/or giant ragweed in their corn and soybean fields, nearly every farmer raised their hand. And Werle wasn’t at all surprised.

The 2019 Alltech Global Feed Survey released in late January estimates that international feed tonnage has increased by 3 percent to 1.103 billion metric tons of feed produced in 2018, exceeding 1 billion metric tons for the third consecutive year.

MENOMONIE — While market analysts are starting 2019 behind the eight ball due to the unavailability of key agricultural reports during the federal government shutdown, Brenda Boetel, commodity marketing specialist at UW-River Falls, offers some insight into the coming year’s crop and livesto…

Through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection will begin inspecting produce farms for compliance with federal food safety regulations this year. The inspections are part of the FDA Food Safet…

MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has a long history of conducting surveys for pests; in fact, DATCP has been annually observing crop pest activity through its Pest Survey Program since 1915.

MADISON — UW-Madison crop experts Joe Lauer and Shawn Conley just wrapped up their 2019 Wisconsin Agronomy Update meetings, traveling the state to present information on hybrid and variety performance, share analysis of last year’s growing season and provide updated recommendations for field…

FarmlandFinder, a digital toolset for land sale research, has expanded to 12 states throughout the Midwest and launched a suite of tools to help land professionals with farmland acquisition, valuation and analysis.

GRANTON — Paul Vine said he was anticipating the coming of Christmas for a different reason than most. Vine, who runs Vine’s Christmas Trees with his family, said the hectic tree season comes to an end Dec. 25, but the work continues on a tree farm.

WISCONSIN DELLS — Farmers that have adopted techniques to plant into growing cover crops, interseed into corn or soybeans and combine living covers and manure are often looked to as innovators, but three farmers on a panel at the UW Discovery Farms Conference in mid-December likely don’t see…

Wisconsin farmers seeking answers to their marketing, production and business management questions can find them, and much more, at the upcoming 2019 Wisconsin Corn/Soy Expo Jan. 31 through Feb. 1 at the Kahlahari Conference Center, Wisconsin Dells.

WISCONSIN DELLS — Just more than a year ago, on Nov. 30, 2017, Wisconsin Act 100 was signed into law, allowing for the first time in decades farmers in the state to grow industrial hemp under a pilot program. Legislators then turned to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consu…

PRAIRIE DU SAC — Although Michelle Marks’ doctoral research focused on Wisconsin’s hop industry and its top disease, hop downy mildew, she also had advice for tomato growers in the crowd at the Wisconsin Fresh Market Vegetable Growers Association Fall School on Nov. 28, where she gave a dise…

MIDDLETON — When the Monsanto Company donated its Middleton research and development facility to UW-Madison in 2017, the now Wisconsin Crop Innovation Center became the largest public plant transformation facility in the world. If an identical facility were built today on the UW campus, it w…

As the 2018 growing season comes to an end, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is contacting producers nationwide to gather final year-end crop production numbers and the amount of grain and oilseeds they store on their farms.

Wisconsin Custom Operators Inc. is accepting applications for its Employee of the Year Award. The award honors an employee of a custom farming operation who demonstrates excellence in the areas of safety, efficiency, customer service, environmental stewardship, profitability and, new this ye…

A U.S. Department of Agriculture supply-and-demand update, weather, trade talks and outside market volatility have been the most talked about developments across the board recently.

A new North American Free Trade Agreement, heavy rainfall wreaking havoc across much of the Corn Belt, solid exports for two out of three majors and ethanol margin struggles have been the topics most heavily discussed by traders.

Chippewa County UW-Extension will host the annual Pest Management Update meeting from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Nov. 13 at the Eagles Club, located off Business Highway 53 south, across from Farm and Fleet, in Lake Hallie. UW-Extension specialists in weed science, plant pathology and entomolog…

It appears most of the bearishness that came from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s updated supply-and-demand numbers has moved to the sidelines. Potential changes to Chinese trade policy across the board, ideas of soybean arbitrage on a global scale and talk of inflationary pressure were…

KELLNER — As their name suggests, The Pumpkin Shed in central Wisconsin has specialized in all things pumpkin since 2004. But the farm’s history traces much further back than that.

The Wisconsin Corn Growers Association is accepting entries for the annual Wisconsin Corn Yield Contest. Organized to encourage the development of new and innovative management practices, the contest highlights the importance of using sound agronomic practices in Wisconsin corn production systems.

U.S. suppliers of coarse grains and co-products, industry representatives and members of the grain trade will meet Oct. 22-24 in Minneapolis for Export Exchange 2018. The biennial event is co-sponsored by the U.S. Grains Council, the Renewable Fuels Association and Growth Energy.

Just in time for fall harvest, the UW-Extension pricing standing corn silage app is available for Apple and Android mobile devices.

A public-private collaboration of researchers at UW-Madison, the University of California in Davis and Mars Inc., have identified varieties of tropical corn from Oaxaca, Mexico, that can acquire a significant amount of the nitrogen they need from the air by cooperating with bacteria.

VERONA — As heavy rains poured down around UW-Madison’s West Madison Agricultural Research Station on Aug. 20, students, professors, community gardeners and vegetable farmers gathered for the Organic Vegetable Variety Research Showcase — a special event held to highlight the many organic veg…

Though the week of Aug. 13 started seemingly weaker with traders still reeling from the previous week’s production outlook surprise, ideas that trade dispute resolution is right around the corner helped push the markets to a higher close. When the closing bell rang on Aug. 17 we saw corn up …

Although it seems early, harvest in the Midwest is only weeks away. Early harvest has been taking place in the South for weeks, but now is when we will start to get a better indication of what total crop sizes may be. So far, yields have been very good, but thoughts are this will change as p…

Weather remains one of the most dominant factors in trade, especially at this time of the growing season. For the most part we have made it through the reproductive stage of development. There are thoughts that now is when final yield is actually determined. August weather is the primary rea…

U.S. corn and soybean crop conditions continue to weigh on the market. At the present time the U.S. corn crop is the highest rated in the past 27 years. The soybean crop is the best rated in the past 29 years. While it is nearly impossible to pin down a yield based on ratings, there is a sig…