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…

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…

The global corn supply is becoming more of a focal point for the market. According to the latest balance sheets, the world will have a 50-day corn supply at the end of the marketing year. If we remove the highly questioned Chinese corn reserves, this drops to a minimal 31-day supply. Given t…

CHIPPEWA FALLS — The microenvironment in fields can be just as important as the ambient environment when it comes to disease susceptibility, UW-Extension Plant Pathologist Damon Smith said June 27 at a water and irrigation workshop near Chippewa Falls. Irrigation, he said, can change the fie…

JANESVILLE — For the Hughes family, in its sixth generation of farming, extending a crop rotation with small grains and cover crops just makes sense, said Willie Hughes. Established in Rock County in 1844, the farm has changed with the agricultural landscape — with small grains and cover cro…

Seasonal trade patterns are starting to have more of an influence on today’s market. It is not uncommon to see corn futures begin working lower at this time, especially if crops appear to be developing favorably. This is a pattern that tends to last through the end of November before values …

JANESVILLE — Willie Hughes recalled seeing a photograph in an old family photo album of his great-great-grandmother raising industrial hemp during the war effort around 1945. Now he has his own field growing — one of Rock County’s first industrial hemp plots in more than 70 years.

Volatility has started to increase in the market, which is not uncommon at this time of year. This is especially the case on corn where the crop looks good and traders feel there is not much of a need for risk premium. At the same time, we continue to see record corn demand in the global mar…

Swiderski Equipment, AGCO and Precision Planting will be hosting Crop Tour 2018 educational field days from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 15 and 16 near Mosinee.

We are seeing more yield estimates released, which is not uncommon at this point of the year. As always these are being based on crop conditions, which tends to be highly inaccurate at this stage of the year. The most talked about right now are on corn, where some analysts have yield at 182 …

We have seen a shift in attitude surrounding U.S. soybean exports this year. For the majority of the marketing year, soybean loadings have trailed the amount needed to reach yearly projected totals. We have now seen soybean loadings spike, and if the current pace continues, we could actually…

The U.S. Department of Agriculture made moderate reductions to both old- and new-crop corn carryout projections in the June supply-and-demand report. Old-crop ending stocks decreased 80 million bushels to a 2.1-billion-bushel total, and new crop decreased 105 million bushels to a 1.57-billio…

On a splendid May day, Valentin Picasso is visiting tests of a crop called kernza at the Arlington Agricultural Research Station north of Madison. As a perennial, kernza must survive the winter, and that is what the assistant professor of agronomy at UW-Madison is checking.

Weather is becoming more of a factor in price discovery. Rains have moved through the Western Corn Belt and alleviated dry soils in many areas. Others are still deficient on moisture, as are parts of the Eastern Corn Belt. As always, this will generate debate on whether the good regions are …

Wisconsin Honey Queen Hannah Sjostrom will join the Warrens Cranberry Festival Royalty in presenting honey and cranberry recipe demonstrations at this year’s Cranberry Blossom Day on Saturday, June 30.

The initial corn crop rating is getting much attention. The rating of 79 percent Good to Excellent compares to the initial rating of 65 percent a year ago and the record of 81 percent in the year. The highest initial rating on corn in recent history was 77 percent Good to Excellent in 2012. …

Farmers should pay attention to what they feed calves to help them get a head start into their future feeding habits, according to Associate Professor Trevor DeVries of University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

The announcement that trade tensions between the U.S. and China have subsided for now are having mixed reactions in the commodity market. For one, we do not know how long any tariffs may be avoided, we simply know they are not on the immediate horizon. Analysts are also skeptical of projecti…

JANESVILLE (AP) — Whether it’s managing Prairie Woods Golf Course or growing corn and soybeans at his farm east of Janesville, Bob Dorr likes to keep his income diversified.

MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection board at its May 24 meeting approved a scope statement for the industrial hemp pilot program, paving the way for a permanent rule to be crafted by the department and eventually approved by the governor.

MONROE — Five students in Andrew Tucker’s Precision Ag class at Blackhawk Technical College met May 18 at a field near Monroe Municipal Airport. They had spent some time that morning troubleshooting as they prepared to plant 80 acres of corn with a new state-of-the-art dual hybrid planter — …

Trade is already starting to question new-crop yield estimates with most interest on corn. The U.S. Department of Agriculture just released its initial new-crop corn yield estimate at 174 bushels per acre. While this type of a corn yield is in line with recent production years, the fact is w…

The domestic corn balance sheets showed no changes to old-crop ending stocks with a 2.18-million-bushel carryout. The initial new-crop production figure came out with a 174-bushel-per-acre yield and a crop of 14.04 billion bushels. New-crop carryout was projected at 1.68 billion bushels, ver…

Corn prices are well-supported moving into the 2018 growing season, according to Peter Georgantones of Abbott Futures. Georgantones analyzed the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report during a May 10 conference call hosted by MGEX.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection reminds residents of 15 western and central Wisconsin counties that loud, low-flying planes will begin spraying for gypsy moths in early to mid-May. The small yellow planes will begin spraying as early as sunrise in Barro…