Join Pam Jahnke for the latest farm news. Heard daily on WOZN 106.7 FM and 1670 AM in Madison Wisconsin from 5-6am. Also heard on affiliate stations all over Wisconsin.
The cranberry harvest is complete, but the work doesn't stop there. Wetherby Cranberry Company is packing its fresh fruit. And it's sending the other portion of its berries to American Berry Company just outside of Warrens to be dried. Then, third-generation berry farmer Nodji Van Wychen and her family will tend to the perennial fruit through the winter. But first, Nodji reflects on the harvest with Mid-West Farm Report's Stephanie Hoff. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
High demand doesn't sound like a problem, until the company cannot meet that demand. Master Cheesemaker Sid Cook, owner of Carr Valley Cheese in LaValle, says inflation and supply chain disruption is making it difficult for the plant to handle the holiday surge. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The spice trade is a global venture, so spice and seasoning companies are seeing supply chain disruptions at ports around the world, according to John Brewer who leads marketing and sales at Excalibur Seasoning. Excalibur is a Midwest-based spice company with a focus in the meat and seafood space. Brewer says the business is facing labor challenges and supply chain issues as they work to meet demand during their busiest time of year -- hunting season. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
With Wisconsin's gun-deer season about to begin, reviewing safety protocol for all hunters is critical. Pam Jahnke visits with two DNR specialists who focus on hunter gun safety, and also safety operating ATV's/UTV's while in the woods and on rural roads. Escalating farm gate prices for supplies growers will need next year is the topic of conversation with Joe Slosczark, agronomy specialist with Alcivia. He explains the supply situation and financing options available in the paid Alcivia Coop Talk program. Mike North, principle with EverAg in Platteville joins Pam to discuss milk production trends. Wisconsin's moving against the trend with higher October milk production versus a year ago. What's moving the trends? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Coffee production is a major element for Costa Rican agriculture. Bob Bosold talks to staff at Dokka Coffee about the growing climate, markets and sustainability practices they've put in place. Shelly Mayer from PDPW joins Pam for a live conversation about their upcoming Dairy Insights Summit. It focuses on food trends and consumer preferences and how it influences what farms will be doing in the future. John Hineberg, Market Advisor with Total Farm Marketing in West Bend steps in for a conversation about global wheat demand versus available supply. Lots of money flowing into commodities these days. He also explains a few simple tools that farmers might want to use to cover their risk. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
For many residents in rural Wisconsin and farm country, it's time to enroll for Medicare Benefits. Sometimes there's more questions than answers and sometimes benefits can be overlooked. Aaron Zimmerman talks with staff from AARP about a few obvious questions people should ask during this enrollment window. Ashley Huhn with Steffes Auction touches on a couple major markers when it comes to farm equipment. On line interest is at an all time high and so are some of the prices certain used equipment is getting. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Wisconsin has a lot of holiday traditions, some more popular than others. For those folks that look forward to a Lutefisk Feed - well they should know supplies may be limited. Stephanie Hoff brings us an update with Chris Dorff, president of Olsen Fish Company in Minneapolis. Aaron Zimmerman talks with Katie Hepler from Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin about seasonal trends we're seeing butter demand. Pam visits with Dr. Bob Cropp, dairy economist emeritus, about where he sees milk prices going in 2022. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Wisconsin honey producers got together for their annual meeting for the first time since 2019. Jon Logterman, WI Honey Producer President, tells Pam about the impact the pandemic's had on their production plans. The Thanksgiving meal will cost more this year. The American Farm Bureau estimates a 14% increase in costs while the WI Farm Bureau Federation looks for a 17% increase. Pam visits with AFBF economist Veronia Nighe.Bison production in the U.S. is continuing to climb. Jim Matheson with the National Bison Association talks with Pam about the increased interest and the supply chain challenges his growers are facing. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Forestry is a major employer statewide. In 10 counties, forestry is the No. 1 employer. So any mill closures or change in markets and management has a major impact on the economy. For example, the Verso and Park Falls mill closures impact the workers, the suppliers and the forests themselves, explains Collin Buntrock, a forest products team leader for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Wisconsin landowners account for 60 percent of the state's forest owners. So any change in market dynamics impacts private landowners, too. The county forest system is also robust. So timber sale revenue has a big impact on municipality budgets. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4-H is alive and well in west central Wisconsin, according to Holly Noah, a long time Reseburg Ramblers leader, farmer and Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at Thorp High School. She says participation in Clark County 4-H clubs remains steady even though more and more students don't come from a farm. She attributes involvement to the organization's mix of activity extending beyond livestock projects. Through 4-H, students can get involved in ceramics, sewing, baking, canning, painting, gardening, home furnishings and lots more. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mid-State Technical College continues to diversify the opportunities offered to their students. They cover a wide array of agricultural production systems that we find across central Wisconsin. Scott Schultz was able to visit with Teri Micke-Raatz of Mid-State to learn more about what they offer and the programs they've added. Wisconsin will be well represented tomorrow at the National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest at NAILE in Louisville, Kentucky. Aaron Zimmerman had the chance to catch up with the team from Iowa county that will be competing at the National level. Mike Robinson is one of the team's coaches and shares what it has taken to prepare and how excited the team is to compete. The holiday season is getting closer, time for family, friends, gatherings and... CHEESE! Farm director Pam Jahnke joins Michelle Trowbridge of Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin to chat about cheese boards and cheese demand this time of year. Enjoy some quality Wisconsin cheese during the holidays! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
the second week in November through Christmas. While butter sales usually increase during the holidays, the pandemic, which spiked a rebirth of home cooking, has also caused butter sales to grow significantly year-round. Aaron Zimmerman had the chance to visit with Katie Hepler, Senior Marketing Director with Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin to discuss all things dairy consumption around the holiday season. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Wisconsin DNR is offering free tree seedlings to every fourth-grade student in Wisconsin as part of the department's annual Arbor Day tree planting program. Arbor Day is April 29. Wisconsin fourth grade principals, teachers and those who homeschool can now place seedling orders and coordinate delivery by completing the 2022 Arbor Day application by March 15. Farm assistant Aaron Zimmerman caught up with Heather Berklund, DNR Chief State Forester to talk about the program. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
We all know that the supply chain has been crippled, and that's going to impact a lot of the products farmers depend on for spring planting 2022. Joe Slosarczyk, Agronomy Specialist with Alcivia, explains what's influencing their product movement and what strategies growers should be putting in play now. Connect with your Alcivia agronomist team. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Alcivia Internal Nutrition Technical Manager, Terry Zimdars, is keeping an eye on feed ingredients. Everything from palm oil supplies to ethanol production can influence what's "right" for your livestock blend. Curious about feed ingredients - talk to Alcivia. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Costa Rica is leaning on agriculture to become what's categorized as a "developed" nation. They still have a distance to go, but Bob Bosold learns more about the strategy from Hector Calbo, guide in Costa Rica. Posted or not, it's state law that hunters require verbal or written permission from landowners to be on their property. Aaron Zimmerman talks to Keith Ripp from the WI Farm Bureau Federation about key points people need to remember before the beginning of Wisconsin's gun deer season. Pam talks to WI Dept. of Revenue Secretary, Peter Barca, about the latest applications received for the WI Farm Support Program. Barca says DOR never administered grant programs before the pandemic, but they're up to speed now and providing better fraud protection then some other agencies might. Compeer Financial provides us with an update on farmland values. Mike Morris, appraiser with Compeer, says interest is running high in this paid program. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Wisconsin agriculture is making an effort to show military veterans the opportunities that the industry holds. Stephanie Hoff talks to Joe Koch, director of the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Wisconsin. A new group for the state that helps connect veterans interested in agriculture with resources and mentors. Alcivia Coop Talk with Dean Danielson focuses on safety in all their operations. This paid conversation highlights what they're doing to upgrade facilities and continuously educate employees on safety. Andy Faulman with EverAg in Chicago helps explain the sudden jump in block cheese prices, and what the current cheese supply situation should be telling dairy farmers about 2022. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Grab your turkey now - especially if you're looking for a smaller bird this year. That's the advice from the president of the Minnesota Turkey Growers who speaks with Stephanie Hoff about trends. Ashley Huhn with Steffes Auction reports that there were two pieces of equipment that sold last week for record prices. Demand for good, used farm equipment is red hot. The harvest is drawing to a close and Dave Rolli with Wyffels Hybrids updates us on yields. He also salutes our veterans. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Farmer Veteran Coalition aims to bring together veterans and the agriculture industry. The coalition's mission is to train the next generation of farmers by providing social, educational and financial resources, and fostering fellowship in the ag community. Wisconsin's own chapter began May 7 of this year, and since then has grown to 551 members. President Joe Koch says there was a great need for a Wisconsin chapter because veterans are a good fit for the ag sector. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
After a year of canceled jackpot shows, livestock exhibitors have something to look forward to this December. Sheryl Theobald says the upcoming show is meant to replace the canceled Badger Kick-Off Classic. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Wisconsin Honey Producers annual meeting in Wisconsin Rapids included about 200 people from around the Midwest! Jennifer Hinkle from Franklin is currently in the homestretch of her term serving as the American Honey Queen. She updates Pam on what's been happening as more schools are back to face-to-face education, and more and more consumers are curious about the benefits of natural sweeteners like honey. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report comes out today at 11 a.m. After today's report, there won't be much move in yield for the year. John Heinberg of Total Farm Marketing in West Bend says expectations are corn yields to come up slightly, about a half a bushel per acre. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The harvest is quickly drawing to a close for many farm families. Dave Rolli, Regional Sales Manager with Wyffels Hybrids is already planning for winter meetings! Rolli also points out that Wyffels Hybrids is celebrating their 75th Anniversary as a U.S. Farm Family Owned company (One of the few remaining independent seed companies left!) Finally, Wyffels continues to support our military veterans. Rolli explains *Serving Those Who Served* and updates - Bobby McCardle's Key Ceremony, slated for December 11. Wyffels is so excited to help welcome Bobby and his family into their Homes for our Troops home before Christmas. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nick Carter grew up on an Indiana farm, and left for a career in startups. He's since gone back to the farm with the goal of boosting small farms around the nation with his e-commerce business Market Wagon. Market Wagon is an online delivery service for local food. It's been growing since 2016 from its start Indianapolis to currently 15 states. Most of that growth took place during the pandemic. The company serves Wisconsin as well in Green Bay and Madison, for example. But Carter says it's not just for an urban audience. The company serves people in the rural counties between cities, too. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Technology is helping farmers and ranchers keep track of their cattle. Aaron Zimmerman talks with Trent Stucker of Landscout about a digestible bolus that animals take in to help monitor their health and their locations. Sign up is now open for the third installment of Wisconsin's Farm Support Program. Stephanie Hoff reviews the details with WI Sec. of Agriculture, Randy Romanski. Today is the release of USDA's World Ag Supply Report. John Hineberg from Total Farm Marketing gives us the perspective the market's using this morning and what surprises to watch for. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Farmers look at manure as a valuable resource for their fields. Soon, non-farm consumers may look at it as a valuable resource too - but for their vehicles. Stephanie Hoff talks about the innovation with Scott Romenesko, EnTech Solutions. The pandemic suspended a lot of face-to-face meetings, but it didn't deter Jennifer Hinkel of Franklin from continuing to try and educate people about bees. Hinkel, past WI Honey Queen, is currently ramping up travel again as the American Honey Queen. She talks with Pam about how consumers interest in where their food comes from has heightened. From weather to dumping of foreign honey into the United States, Jon Logterman - president of the WI Honey Producers Association - says there's a lot consumers aren't aware of about their industry. The honey producer from Osseo visits with Pam about the status of the industry in the state. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The North American Intercollegiate Dairy Challenge is coming to Wisconsin, and will be hosted by The Midwest Region, UW-Madison, and Fox Valley Technical College in Green Bay, WI March 31-April 2, 2022. Ted Halbach shares the details with new Mid-West Farm Report Intern Taylor Schaefer See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Between shipping delays and product shortages, Christmas lists will be trimmed. For example, electronics, shoes and Barbies are among those harder-to-get items, according to national news headlines. But perhaps this is the year where Christmas doesn't come from a store. Thorp High School Family and Consumer Sciences teacher, longtime 4-H leader and farmer Holly Noah says this holiday season can include giving the gift of time, homemade crafts and food, and family activities. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is looking for orchards, pumpkin patches, corn mazes and more to showcase on a new app dedicated to connecting consumers with agritourism venues. The American Farm Trail app, created by the Foundation and sponsored by Corteva, allows farmers, ranchers and farm attraction managers to sign up for free to showcase their agritourism venues. Farms and attractions can create a profile promoting their business, history, available products and more. Farm assistant, Aaron Zimmerman catches up with Julie Recko, Director of Education Outreach for the American Farm Bureau Federation for more info. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Ag economist Paul Mitchell says supply chain issues plaguing the ag industry are not going away anytime soon. For example, fertilizer prices are going up, and Mitchell says come spring, fertilizer supply will be tight. This goes for tractor and machine parts, too. And it could change how farmers manage their inventory. If you want a smaller turkey for Thanksgiving, get it now, according to Pete Klaphake of the Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council. The DATCP Farm Center was awarded $500,000 from the USDA Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network to promote, develop, and increase stress management and mental health resources for Wisconsin farmers. Secretary Randy Romanski says how that money will be spent. The Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association has launched FarmersForCleanWater.com, a new website that showcases the industry's work to safeguard Wisconsin's water resources. Executive Director Tamas Houlihan shares more. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
All week, dairy farmers have begun to see a rapid decline in cheese prices. ever.ag Vice President Ryan Yonkman says this is a perfect example of a time to showcase the type of risk farmers have been experiencing for a while. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
There was a sales trend last year of consumers wanting smaller birds for Thanksgiving. And that trend is continuing this year. Pete Klaphake is the president of Minnesota Turkey Research & Promotion Council. He says turkey will not be hard to get this year, but if you want a particular size of bird, you'll want to get that turkey order in now. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dialog and discussion continues to focus on reforming federal milk order mandates across the United States. It's a complicated and confusing process. Dr. Marin Bozic from the University of Minnesota tries to break down when discussion stands to date. In this week's Alcivia Coop Talk, paid for by Alcivia, Pam talks to Lee Parker, VP of Energy & Retail, about propane supplies going into the winter. Ryan Yonkman with EverAg says the price decline in cheese we've witnessed is an excellent example of the volatility today's dairy farm has to expect and strategically plan for. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Some farmers may be thinking twice this year about harvesting all their field debris for bedding, considering the price of fertilizer. Aaron Zimmerman talks to UW-Extension Specialist, Jerry Clark, about thinking through the process. Ashley Huhn updates us on the auction prices and activity for used equipment in the Steffes Auction update. Randy Johnson, DNR Large Carnivore Specialist, says the Wisconsin bear hunt this year was successful! 3,800 bears were harvested. Wyffels Wednesday goes to Dane County for an update with Lucas Clayton - who says we're about 60% complete with the harvest. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A new feed mill in Allenton will be doing 400 percent more than its old location with the same amount of employees -- that's how highly automated the facility is. Tim Kreilkamp is the president of Farmers Grain & Feed based in Allenton. He says they made the decision to rebuild because the old facility is more than 100 years old, which had its challenges. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2020 was a great year for growing wine grapes... 2021 not so much. The growing season proved tough for the vines at Wollersheim Winery and Distillery in Prairie Du Sac. The harvest is wrapped up, starting with brandy grapes in mid-August. Only the Ice Wine grapes remain on the vines. Winemaker and owner Philippe Coquard says the majority of the harvest happens between August and September. In a season review of the summer and the harvest with the Mid-West Farm Report, Coquard explains the extremely wet and extremely dry weather throughout the 2021 growing season was an issue for grapes. But the good news is, the winery was spared from the late spring frost that had done damage in the northern part of the state. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
DATCP's Farm Center was awarded $500,000 from the USDA Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network to promote, develop, and increase stress management and mental health resources for Wisconsin farmers. DATCP Secretary Randy Romanski shares more details in an interview with the Mid-West Farm Report. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Concerns about protecting health doesn't end at humans when it comes to the pandemic. Stephanie Hoff visits with the zookeeper at the Henry Vilas Zoo about measures they've taken to protect zoo animals from contracting the virus. Wisconsin's launched it Meat Processor Grant program, making available up to $50,000 for improvement and expansion of facilities. Pam talks to WI Ag Secretary, Randy Romanski, about what they hope to accomplish. Wisconsin's Biofuels Industry's a big influence of farms and communities across the state. In this paid program, Pam talks to Micah Jensen from Didion Milling about all the components biofuels plants use, generate and influence. Paid for by the WI Biofuels Association. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The hay market across the U.S. is red hot and being watched by members of the National Hay Association. Bob Bosold talks to their executive director/member about hay prices and overall production trends. Cortney Zimmerman from Spencer has been selected for the National FFA Officer team. That's only the 8th time it's happened to a Wisconsinite. Aaron Zimmerman visits with Cortney, his sister, about the announcement and what's ahead. The 94th National FFA Convention has concluded and was an amazing success. Aaron Zimmerman visits with National FFA CEO, Scott Stump, about how they managed through the pandemic and protocols for a successful event. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Milk production in the United States has plateaued and it looks like that's a world trend. At the same time, consumption remains strong. Dr. Mark Stephenson with the Center for Dairy Profitability discusses the outlook for Wisconsin dairy farmers with Pam. Monday letters were mailed to eligible farms across the state for the next round of financial aid in the Farm Support Program. Stephanie Hoff talks about details with WI Ag Secretary, Randy Romanski. John Hineberg, market advisor with Total Farm Marketing in West Bend tells Pam that investors are piling on wheat! Nine year highs and it may not be the end. Speculators are largely where monies coming from - so it's very unpredictable. He joins her for a live conversation. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
DATCP and the Department of Revenue are providing another round of the Farm Support Program -- direct aid payments to Wisconsin farmers who have experienced economic loss due to the pandemic. Today, DOR began sending letters to eligible applicants. DATCP Secretary Randy Romanski explains farmers will obtain information about the program and a Letter ID, which is required to complete the application. These letters will be sent to farmers with at least $10,000 but less than $5 million in gross income. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Farmers and forest landowners will want to plan ahead and sign up early for USDA conservation funding. Angela Biggs, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist in Wisconsin, announced farmers and forest landowners interested in Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) or Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) producer contracts need to apply by Nov. 19, 2021, for funding in fiscal year 2022. Farm assistant Aaron Zimmerman caught up with Melissa Bartz of NRCS for more details about the EQIP program. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Financing options for 2022 are being evaluated today. Hans Pflieger, Vice President of Credit Operations for Alcivia, discusses their Verity program opportunities for finances in 2022. Knowing all your options is key, and getting discussions started early is important. Find out about Verity and all financing programs through Alcivia! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
World demand for fertilizers coupled with production challenges are leading to a little sticker shock for 2022. Nick Christen, Vice President of Agronomy at Alcivia, explains the logistical challenges and the forecast farmers should prepare for. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Unique opportunities present themselves from time to time through the harvest. Lacey Seibert, Vice President of Grains and Logistics for Alcivia, focuses in on a couple existing options and benefits Alcivia customers have. Find out more and connect with your local Alcivia location. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Micah Jensen, Director of Grain Trading with Didion, explains how Wisconsin's biofuels industry consumes grain stocks, and generates feedstocks. Jensen also discusses the value added proposition that Wisconsin's ethanol plants provide not only to farmers selling grain to them, but to the community as a whole. Find out more about Wisconsin BioFuels Industry! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Research information's starting to trickle in from Dr. Joe Lauer's UW-Extension test plots statewide. Pam talks to Dr. Lauer about some of his observations on the corn crop. In the Alcivia Coop Talk, Bob Bosold talks with Aric Dieter, Manager of Alcivia's Ingredient Division, about supply chain issues farmers should know about. New numbers in from the U.S. Health and Human Services Dept. show that rural communities have seen a spike in covid-19 cases. Matt Tranel, broker with EverAg in Platteville is our live guest focused in on trends in the dairy markets. We're hitting seasonal highs and it's time to develop that risk management plan for 2022. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
From cottonseed to corn, farmers feeding livestock are going to have to watch not only prices, but availability. Aric Dieter, Vice President of Animal Nutrition at Alcivia is keeping an eye on all of it. Work through your feed ration ingredients with Alcivia. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
When you're driving through downtown Madison and the UW-Madison campus, you can see silos and there's a chance you can smell the dairy cows! Jessica Cederquist is the research program director at the UW Dairy Cattle Center and herd administrator for the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences. She explains that the dairy is a full working farm in the city run by students, which posed challenges during the pandemic. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.