Agriculture Archives for 2017-09

L-C FFA Alumni hosting "Toy, Vendor & Craft Show" In October for local chapter


By Paul Schmitt




The Luxemburg-Casco FFA Alumni are hosting the 5th annual Toy, Craft and Vendor Show to support the FFA program at the school.  The event will be held in the gymnasium from 9 am until 2 pm on Sunday, October 8.  Member Dennis Kinnard says the opportunities offered to today's FFA members are as great if not greater than when he went to high school in the 1970's.

 



 

The displays of toy vendors will include unique toy trains sets and a 1/64 scale farm.  A peddle tractor obstacle course and a bounce house for children will be set up as well.  Admission is $3 for adults.  $2 for children and free for kids under 10.   All proceeds help support the L-C FFA members in premier leadership, personal growth and career success.

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Proposed Kewaunee County biogas plant falls short


By Tim Kowols




It appears a partially state-funded biogas plant will not be coming to Kewaunee County after the state public service commission selected a proposal slated for Brown County on Friday. The Kewaunee County proposal, according to a memo released by the PSC, was applied for by U.S. Venture, Inc. under the title Gemini Consortium. No specifics on where the plant would have been located, but the over $55 million project would have consisted of seven consortium members and served approximately 30,000 animal units spread out over 11 dairy operations. Kewaunee County Board member Lee Luft says he is relieved the project is not coming because of a lack of input from local officials.

 



 

BC Organics, LLC's $60 million Green Pastures Bio Energy Center (291.60 points scored) was chosen among the five government agencies tasked with picking the proposals while considering a number of different factors. The Kewaunee County project (213.1) and an Agri-Waste Energy Operations proposal for St. Croix County did not reach the required score of 235 points to be considered. A representative for U.S. Venture could not be reached. You can read the full memo online with this story.

 

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Fall harvest also means planting time for farmers


By Tim Kowols




As farmers take crops off the field for their fall harvest, Peninsula Pride Farms hopes its members and other operators are planting something else in its place. Cover crops have been a big focus among members of the farmer-led group over the last year, including the field day hosted by Door-Kewaunee Demonstration Farm Network operator Deer Run Dairy in Kewaunee. Peninsula Pride Farms board member and agronomist Zach Sutter says cover cropping is a cost-effective way of controlling soil erosion and nutrient loss.

 



 

Sutter says now is a good time to plant cover crops such as red clover, winter wheat, and oats as it is a less expensive seed and easily spreads. Last year, Peninsula Pride Farms members planted 4,000 additional acres of cover crops onto their fields.

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Town of Lincoln places moratorium on large farm creation and expansion


By Tim Kowols




The Town of Lincoln in Kewaunee County took proactive measures Monday night to try to protect their groundwater for the future. The town board voted 3-0 to approve a resolution placing a moratorium on the construction and expansion of confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) in Lincoln for the next two years. An amendment will be discussed at its October meeting allowing CAFOs to enter development agreements with the town for projects improving operations without adding animals. Town chairperson Cory Cochart says it is trying to keep matters in their own hands after the Department of Natural Resources approved a permit for a nearby farm to potentially double in size.

 



 

Cochart says the moratorium would give the town two years to look over their ordinances and see if additional changes need to be made. Over the last year, the Town of Lincoln has begun a pilot study for whole house water systems and has mapped its area for groundwater contamination.

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Moisture levels to be checked during Kewaunee and Door Counties Annual Corn Dry Down


By Aerica Bjurstrom, Kewaunee County UW-Extension Agriculture Educator




It's nearly corn silage harvest season and that means Kewaunee and Door County UW-Extension will be holding the annual Corn Dry Down on Thursday, September 14 at Rio Creek Feed Mill in Luxemburg, and Thursday, September 21 at the Door County Co-op in Sturgeon Bay.

 

Dairyland Laboratories, Inc. will be on hand to test corn moisture on September 14. Drop off your samples and wait for results, or you can opt to receive your results via email or by phone. The September 21 date in Sturgeon Bay is a sample drop off day only.  Those samples will be delivered to Dairyland Labs, and results will be available the following day.

 

For testing, please bring 4-5 stalks of corn with you, bundled and tagged. Please include the variety, relative maturity, and planting date of each sample. Fields are very uneven this year and stalks submitted should represent the entire field. Samples delivered the day before will not be tested.

 

Each farm can submit two samples at no charge. Any additional samples will be charged $12 per sample. Nitrate analysis will also be available for a charge of $9. Payment for additional samples and nitrate testing is due upon sample delivery.

 

For more information regarding the corn dry down testing, contact the Kewaunee County UW-Extension Office at 920-388-7138 or the Door County UW-Extension Office at 920?746?2263. More information can be found at kewaunee.uwex.edu.

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Dairy farmer group fights back against "fear-based" labeling


By Tim Kowols




The National Milk Producers Federation are calling for a change to how certain foods are labeled. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the group is charging national food manufacturers with "fear-based" labeling when it comes to products involving genetically modified organisms, animal growth hormones, and high fructose corn syrup through its "Peel Back the Label" campaign. Kewaunee County farmer and DoorCountyDailyNews.com Ag Advisory Board member John Pagel says many operators use GMOs for the crops used to feed their animals. He believes it is safer than the alternative.

 



Pagel says growth hormones and GMOs are common questions on tours of his farm and thinks more should be done to help educate people on the products. GMO opponents say such products are responsible for the emergence of "superweeds" and "superbugs" and help plants become herbicide-resistant.

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Kewaunee farm hosts demonstration field day Thursday


By Tim Kowols




Deer-Run Dairy in Kewaunee will host farmers from around the area next week when the Door-Kewaunee Demonstration Farm Network hosts its first field day. A partnership between the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, the United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Peninsula Pride Farms, the group of farms is a testing ground for different conservation farming techniques to improve organic matter and soil health while controlling phosphorus run-off. Agronomist and Peninsula Pride Farms board member Zach Sutter says farmers can learn a lot from the work being done on the farms since the program started a few short months ago.

 



 

The field day, taking place on September 7, will include a soils pit talk, a NRCS rainfall simulator, and discussion on low-disturbance manure applications.

 

 

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