Farm margins narrowed in October

The Index of Prices Received by Farmers in October fell 8.4 percent from September.  The Crop Index fell 10 percent while the Livestock Index increased 4 percent.  Lower prices for soybeans, corn and milk more than offset higher prices for hogs, cattle and calves. The average price for corn in October was $3.28 per bushel… Read more »

Wisconsin propane terminal nears completion

  CHS is nearing completion of the new propane terminal at Hixton, Wisconsin.  An open house was held Thursday with Governor Walker in attendance.   CHS vice president of propane, Drew Combs says, “The secure terminal, which uses modern automation and safety technologies, will be completed in mid-November.” CHS decided to build the terminal as part… Read more »

Wisconsin dairy farm expansion will proceed

An administrative law judge says a Kewaunee County dairy farm may proceed with expansion with some additional groundwater monitoring at the site.  Judge Jeffrey Boldt ruled Kinnard Farms must install no less than six monitoring wells including at least two in fields where manure will be spread.  The judge also ordered Kinnard to modify their… Read more »

NDB, DMI & UDIA leadership named

Leadership for the next year for the National Dairy Board, Dairy Management Incorporated and the International Dairy Foods Association has been elected. National Dairy Board chair is Zach Myers of Jonesville, North Carolina.  Vice chair is Harold Howrigan Jr. of Sheldon, Vermont.  Larry Shover of Delhi, Iowa is secretary and Ray Prock of Denair, California… Read more »

Wisconsin Taste of Elegance entries sought

Entries are now being accepted for the Wisconsin Pork Association 2015 Taste of Elegance contest.  The contest is open to all employed chefs from a Wisconsin foodservice establishment.  Entry deadline is November 30th. Chefs will be asked to submit their recipe for their pork entrée, a copy of their restaurant’s menu, and a résumé.  Following… Read more »

Wisconsin Corn Board seats up

Nominations are now being accepted for three seats on the Wisconsin Corn Promotion Board.  Districts 3, 5 and 6 are up for election this year. District 3 includes Forest, Florence, Marinette, Langlade, Oconto, Shawano, Door, Outagamie, Brown, Kewaunee, Winnebago, Calumet, Manitowoc, Fond du Lac, and Sheboygan counties. District 5 includes La Crosse, Vernon, Crawford, Richland,… Read more »

Kalmbach Feeds holds Open House

Kalmbach Feeds has taken another step to set it apart from the competition. Kalmbach President, Paul Kalmbach says the opening of their state-of-the-art manufacturing facility sets a new standard in the industry. “What it will mean is that we will be able to raise the standard in the retail products business in the feed industry,”… Read more »

Dropping temps and PEDv

The forecast for dropping temperatures may be causing pork producers to flashback to last winter and the outbreak of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv). State Veterinarian (in Ohio) Dr. Tony Forshey says there’s reason for concern. “We’re going to go in here now with still a population of our swine that don’t have a lot… Read more »

Holistic, integrated solutions for farming

Mathias Kremer, Head of Strategy for Bayer CropScience welcomed attendees to the Corn Soybean Future Forum in Frankfurt, Germany Thursday by laying out his company’s commitment to the future of these crops. “The strategic focus for Bayer,” said Kremer, “is to be a solution provider.” He said Bayer CropScience remains committed to innovation and to… Read more »

An open arms approach to membership

National FFA Officer candidate and Illinois state FFA President Sam Detweiler wasn’t your typical FFA member. In fact, Detwiler was more your typical teenage young man, hoping athletics would pay off in the long run. But, in an instant, that all changed. “In my Junior year, when I tore my ACL – that really put… Read more »