The soybean market has been the bell cow for the grains, with the oilseed seeing tremendous success this fall in the price charts.
One potential answer to the question of “how are current conditions similar to the 1980s” is to consider net farm income. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has measured and reported those data for decades, which allows for meaningful comparisons through time. This week’s post reviews net farm income during the Farm Financial Crisis of the 1980s.
OPINION Every year we gather around our dining-room table with our loved ones for Thanksgiving dinner and reflect on the past year. We think about all we’re thankful for – our family and friends as well as our job and an excitement for what’s yet to come. This year is different. It’s been an incredibly difficult year for so many of us as we deal with the stress, loss and isolation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
With colder temperatures and extreme weather conditions just around the corner it’s important to take note of issues affecting dairy cows during the winter season. Basic problems such as pneumonia, teat-skin damage, mastitis and frostbite can lay claim to unprepared and ill-cared-for animals.
The new Meat Science and Animal Biologics Discovery building on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus recently was completed. In-person celebrations couldn’t be held due to the COVID-19 pandemic but completion of the facility was observed by dignitaries on pre-recorded videos posted Nov. 6.
The Wisconsin State Fair Park Foundation recently began an ornament sale and membership drive. The foundation is offering for free a Wisconsin State Fair “Stickin’ it to 2020” ornament, with any Friend of the Fair membership purchased for the 2021 fair. The ornament, which represents the perennial favorite “food-on-a-stick,” also is sold separately.
What’s “old school?” Being able to make a barbwire gate ranks high on my list of capabilities that might put one in the esteemed character level I refer to as “old school.” One doesn’t need to be old to be old-school – and Bubba was proof of that. That’s right, Bubba. And I’m not lying when I say I met Bubba at Bubba’s.
Years ago I had my first exposure to weeds that had become resistant to herbicides. As my agronomy center’s first responder to complaints about underperforming herbicide applications I was stumped as to why a single weed species had survived.
MADELINE ISLAND, Wis. – Foreclosures, natural disasters, policies that destroy markets and businesses. In recent years many families have needed to leave farms and farming – not by choice but by necessity. It’s not a new trend. It’s something that has gone on worldwide for centuries. The loss of connection to the land and the natural world is felt in families for generations. It’s a hurt felt to the quick of one’s soul. Many need a way to heal.
These are the easiest pies I’ve made. They’re simple, fast and our favorites. Just in case anyone finds pie-making daunting, try Pecan Pie Bars. The scrumptious little bars are delightful.
OPINION An alliance of groups representing farmers, forest owners, the food sector, state governments and environmental advocates have unveiled an unprecedented set of recommendations to guide the development of federal climate policy.
The majority of the crops have been harvested during the past two weeks in our area. With a warm spell of 70-degree weather and ideal soil conditions, harvest and tillage progressed rapidly.
MONROE, Wis. – Maple Leaf Cheese Cooperative has weathered milk-market cycles for 110 years. Then 2020 happened. The cooperative – comprised of 25 dairy farmers – is now needing to find a new market for its milk after negotiations soured with Maple Leaf Cheesemakers, a long-time partner.