There will be several baking contests hosted at this year’s Sheboygan County Fair. Don’t miss the daily entertainment! Look daily for Granpa Cratchet, the Wisconsin Dockdogs, and Pleasure Valley Pig and Duck Races. The fair will be held from Aug. 29 to Sept. 2 at the Sheboygan County Fair Association, 229 Fairview Drive, Plymouth, Wisconsin. Visit www.shebcofair.com for more information. Visit bit.ly/countyfairs2019 for more information on all Wisconsin fairs.
It was a down day for grains as traders see a decent amount of rain in the upcoming forecasts, Ami L. Heesch of CHS Hedging said. “First blush crop reports, from the annual corn/soybean tour this week, suggest the corn and bean crops are lagging in development,” she said.
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection recently confirmed that a horse and a mule on the same premises in Taylor County, Wisconsin, have tested positive for equine infectious anemia. Those are Wisconsin’s first confirmed cases of equine infectious anemia in almost 15 years. There's no treatment for equine infectious anemia. To prevent transmitting it, infected animals are humanely euthanized.
Due to several Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) outbreaks in Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Nebraska all susceptible livestock (beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, goats, hogs, llamas, and alpacas) including horses coming to the Nebraska State Fair from Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Nebraska need a 48 hour Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) to enter the fairgrounds. That CVI must also contain the federal VS statement: "The animals represented on the CVI have not originated from premises or area under quarantine for Vesicular Stomatitis or a premises on which Vesicular Stomatitis has been diagnosed in the last (30) days. I have examined the animals and found no signs of Vesicular Stomatitis." Animals will be observed once on the grounds. All horses will be examined daily by a veterinarian.
“Not much news,” CHS Hedging’s Steve Hyde said. “Hopefully weather will cooperate with producers this week to allow for better spring wheat harvest. World stocks continue to grow, demand is slack, but U. S. should be in better shape to compete for business given price levels at this time.”
Coming into this week, “there is no technical sign of a low” in cattle, The Hightower report said. “If there is a sense that the industry can deal with the plant fire issue without building a massive supply of market-ready cattle, cattle futures look undervalued.”
Large supply numbers and favorable weather helped drag down overnight markets entering Monday, Allendale said. “Traders will be paying attention to various crop tours and survey's beginning this week searching for clearer answers on what we can expect in the fields this yea,” Allendale said.
Developing alternatives to antibiotics is the aim of scientists at Canada's University of British Columbia. New antimicrobial peptides effective against a wide range of bacteria already have been found by Inanc Birol. He's a professor at the University of British Columbia’s Department of Medical Genetics. But he also recently showed a computational approach designed to be faster and more effective at isolating new antimicrobial peptides.
The University of Wisconsin-Arlington Agricultural Research Station is hosting an organic-agriculture field day. The event will showcase research regarding integrating cover crops into corn and soybean phases of rotations. That can help farmers build soil organic matter as well as reduce the amount of tillage and cultivation, according to UW researchers.
The Richland County Agricultural Society was organized May 15, 1857. One of its objectives was to improve the character and operation of agricultural, mechanical and household arts. In order to achieve that objective, in October 1857 the Agricultural Society sponsored a “cattle show and fair” at Thompson’s Hall on Main Street. That exhibition proved such a popular success the society sponsored a fair for 100 years. The 1858-1860 and 1866-1868 fairs were held on the Courthouse Square. The fairs weren't held from 1861 through 1865 because of the Civil War. Revived in 1866, by 1868 the fair had grown to overflow the space by the courthouse. So the society decided to purchase a fairground. The 1869 fair was held on 4 acres purchased for $400 from Caleb and Nancy Waggoner. The 2019 fair will be held Sept. 4-8 at the Richland County Fairgrounds, 23630 County Highway AA, Richland Center, Wisconsin. Visit fair.co.richland.wi.us for more information. Visit bit.ly/countyfairs2019 for more information on all Wisconsin fairs.
Agriculture and dairy markets continue to struggle, as uncooperative weather and the unpredictability of trade wars add to the stress farmers face in southwestern Wisconsin.
Pattison State Park located just south of Superior, Wisconsin, is situated on the Black River. It contains the highest waterfall in the state. Big Manitou Falls cascades through a gorge from a height of 165 feet. It cools onlookers with a fine mist as they view from a nearby observation platform.
WASHINGTON - Wheat farmers are harvesting their crop in Washington, but are selling it for prices at or below what it costs to produce. Farmers took a hit this week by a federal forecast that drove down the already low prices.
DES MOINES — The late Norman Borlaug is the father of the World Food Prize. Long-time Des Moines businessman John Ruan was the man who brought it to the Midwest and provided needed financial backing.
Members of the Price Futures Group went on a central Illinois crop tour, coming away with uncertainty. “Our reaction is that we don’t know as much about the IL corn and bean crops as we normally do on this date,” Jerry Gidel said. “What we did see was how many fields that will be heavily impacted by the next 6-8 weeks weather.”
The U.S.-China tariff trade war has resulted in huge export losses to the U.S. soybean industry. However, there is a concentrated effort by groups such as the United Soybean Board (USB) and the American Soybean Association (ASA), along with related soy industries, to find new markets for U.S. soybeans.
PONTIAC, Ill. — Midwest farmers who endured an especially challenging planting season this year will at least take away lessons.
ELLSWORTH, Iowa — When traveling around Iowa recently, Brian Donaldson was struck by the fact that many of the state’s farms are still family operations
Most of the marketing news recently has focused on the accuracy of USDA reporting. Although this topic merits conversation, the debate doesn’t help you market grain.
The amount of uncertainty about national production and your own farm yield has put farmers in a tough place. Should you be selling growing crop now or waiting?