Agriculture Archives for 2018-09

Farm Technology Days grant applications due October 1st

By Aerica Bjurstrom, Kewaunee County UW-Extension Agriculture Educator      

Kewaunee County Farm Technology Days was a huge success for our community, with a wonderful host family, record number of volunteers, and amazing attendees. Now, the Kewaunee County Farm Technology Days Executive Committee would like to give back to the community in the form of grants.

Grants will be awarded based on applications received by the Executive Committee. Grant guidelines and application can be found online at fyi.uwex.edu/kewauneeag or at the Kewaunee County Extension office located at 810 Lincoln St in Kewaunee. Grant funds awards will be a maximum of $5,000 per application. The deadline for submitting a proposal is Monday, October 1, 2018. Grant proposals can be dropped off at our office or emailed to 2017ftdgivesback@gmail.com.

The Executive Committee has already given $103,000 to 20 local charities that volunteered during the show. The committee will also be setting up a scholarship program, and a Legacy Community Project. For more information please visit our website at Kewaunee.uwex.edu.

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Pumpkin patches ready for pickers

By Tim Kowols       

Warmer weather earlier this month helped things move along quicker for pumpkin growers. It is peak harvest time for fans of the popular gourd, with prime picking season taking place well into October. Dry, warm weather caused some pumpkins to grow smaller and mature faster, but Hillside Apples owner Bill Roethle says there are ways you can keep them from spoiling too soon.



Roethle adds the recent cool weather is also helping keep the pumpkins ripe for the picking.

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Ag Career Days hopes to harvest future at Kinnard Farms

By Tim Kowols       

Kewaunee County hopes to recruit future agriculture professionals at its annual career days at Kinnard Farms in Casco. A joint effort between the Kewaunee County Economic Development Corporation and the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Luxemburg Regional Learning Center, seventh through ninth graders from Algoma, Denmark, Kewaunee, Luxemburg-Casco, and Southern Door School Districts will learn about careers that go beyond the barn. From milk testing and cropping to robotics and business management, Sarah Nelson from NWTC Luxemburg says there are many agriculture-related careers students do not know about yet.



Kewaunee County Ag Career Days will take place October 17th and 18th after spring snow storms postponed the biennial event in April.

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Farmers turn to harvest mode as fall officially starts

By Paul Schmitt    

As the calendar changes to fall this weekend, Door and Kewaunee County farmers are in the stretch run for harvesting their crops. Rich Olson of Olson Family Farm in southern Door County and a member of the DoorCountyDailyNews.com Ag Advisory Board says the harvest is going well.



 

Olson says soybeans are dropping their leaves currently and will need to have the pods dry out for the beans to be cultivated by mid-October.

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Ag Heritage Days this weekend in Luxemburg

By Paul Schmitt    

Tractors and vintage farm equipment will be on display through the weekend at the 25th Annual Ag Heritage Days in Luxemburg. The Ag Heritage Center sponsored event goes through 4 pm Sunday at the Kewaunee County Fairgrounds. Jim Rabas of the Agricultural Heritage & Resources, Incorporated describes what attendees can expect to experience.

 



 

You can find more details on the Ag Heritage Days below.

 

Date: Sept. 22, 2018 – Sept. 23, 2018
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Admission:
Adults: $7.00
Kids 12-16 Years Old: $1.00
Under 12 Years Old: FREE
2-Day Pass: $10.00

Feature Events – Saturday
Antique Tractor Pull: Noon
Threshing: 10AM, 1PM, 3PM
Corn Husking: 10:30AM, 1:30PM, 3:30PM

Feature Events – Sunday
Garden Tractor Pull: 11AM
Threshing: 10AM, 1PM, 3PM
Corn Husking: 10:30AM, 1:30PM, 3:30PM

Location: Kewaunee County Fairgrounds

 

(photo courtesy of Agricultural Heritage & Resources, Inc.)

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Latest Kewaunee County Board vote shows successes of DNR groundwater workgroups

By Tim Kowols       

Tuesday's vote by the Kewaunee County Board to adopt the state's new NR-151 rules as a local ordinance represents the latest win for those that participated in workgroups just a couple years ago. Looking to change the tune of groundwater contamination in the area, Kewaunee County and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources collaborated to form workgroups to discuss the issues plaguing the area and develop possible solutions. The workgroups contained stakeholders from all walks of life including farmers and environmentalists. Kewaunee County Board member Lee Luft sat in on countless meetings of the workgroups. He is excited to see what other recommendations are implemented after Tuesday's unanimous approval.



The new county ordinance allows local law enforcement to act on possible manure spreading violations on land with thin ttopsoilsrather than wait for DNR intervention.

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National Farm Safety and Health Week places focus on mental, emotional wellness

By Tim Kowols       

The annual national campaign promoting safety during the fall harvest is turning its focus to the farmers themselves. National Farm Safety and Health Week is taking a heavier approach to mental and emotional wellness this year.  Lower profit margins, weather, and other factors are all leading farmers to have an even more stressful harvest season than usual. Kewaunee County UW-Extension agriculture educator Aerica Bjurstrom says farmers need to slow down and take care of themselves before other bad events occur.



Bjurstrom advises motorists to be patient with the increased amount of agricultural implements on the road and farmers to make sure their equipment is well lit and marked. We have more tips for this year's National Farm Safety and Health Week posted online with this story.

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Local farmers look to international trade to spur milk prices

By Paul Schmitt    

Area dairy farmers are hopeful that the international demand for milk will help raise the stagnant milk prices.  Milk prices continue to stay low this summer but the overall dairy exports were up four percent from a year ago, according to the U.S. Dairy Council.  Jim Wautier of Church-Site Farms in Brussels says he remains optimistic that the milk prices can rebound with the help of foreign trade.



 

Milk production nationally has been below average and according to the United States Department of Agriculture, Wisconsin has lost 382 farmers since the start of the year.

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25th annual Ag Heritage Days coming up next weekend

By Paul Schmitt    

The Kewaunee County Fairgrounds will host the annual Agricultural Heritage Days September 22nd and 23rd.  The huge two-day event is sponsored by the Ag Heritage Center and features demonstrations, steam engine wagon rides, and displays of tractors and farm equipment.  Jim Rabas of the Agricultural Heritage & Resources, Incorporated says the event is truly a countywide effort to showcase its history.



 

Over 200 fourth grade students from Kewaunee County schools will get a sneak-peek the Friday before the 25th Ag Heritage Days kicks off to the public, according to Rabas.  You can find more details about Ag Heritage Days below.

Ag Heritage Days
Date: Sept. 22, 2018 - Sept. 23, 2018
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Admission:
Adults: $7.00
Kids 12-16 Years Old: $1.00
Under 12 Years Old: FREE
2-Day Pass: $10.00

Feature Events - Saturday
Antique Tractor Pull: Noon
Threshing: 10AM, 1PM, 3PM
Corn Husking: 10:30AM, 1:30PM, 3:30PM

Feature Events - Sunday
Garden Tractor Pull: 11AM
Threshing: 10AM, 1PM, 3PM
Corn Husking: 10:30AM, 1:30PM, 3:30PM

Location: Kewaunee County Fairgrounds

 

(photo courtesy of Agricultural Heritage & Resources, Inc.)

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Kewaunee County UW-Extension holds third corn dry down

By Tim Kowols       

The third time could be the charm for area farmers as they take their corn to be tested in Kewaunee County this week. Wet weather has brought the corn dry down progress to a crawl. Kewaunee County UW-Extension Agent Aerica Bjurstrom says the samples help show farmers how close they are to harvesting the important crop.



The UW-Extension will host its third corn dry down event on Wednesday at Rio Creek Feed Mill's Luxemburg location. You can find more information about what you need to bring with you with this story online.

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Honeycrisp apples growing in local popularity

By Paul Schmitt    

More than 100 apple varieties are grown commercially, but the popularity of one type of apple is making a strong push locally.  The honeycrisp apple, which was developed by the University of Minnesota 20 years ago, is getting the attention of local orchard owners.  Steve Wood of Wood Orchard in Egg Harbor and Sturgeon Bay says he is investing in the honeycrisp apple trees for the long run.



 

Wood says that the state of Washington is planting millions of trees of a new variety called "cosmic crisp" that is anticipated to be in the market in the next five years.  He says that has gotten the attention of apple growers around the country since it could drive weaker commodity apples off the shelf.

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Area farmers starting to harvest after wet spell

By Paul Schmitt    

As the area dries out from the heavy rains over the past two weeks, farmers are taking to the fields to harvest their crops.  Jim Wautier of Church-Site Farms of Brussels says his land is on higher ground and the corn silage looks to be very good.



 

Wautier says about ten inches of rain fell the past two weeks and some farmers in low lying areas are still waiting for the fields to dry out.  He says the recent rains will definitely help finish out his soybean crop this fall.

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Kewaunee County Land and Water Conservation Committee wrestles with agency questions for CAFO oversight

By Tim Kowols       

The Department of Natural Resources or Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection? That is the question Kewaunee County Land and Water Conservation committee members will discuss in regards to Confined Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) oversight during its meeting next week. According to the USA Today Network-Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker introduced plans last October that would shift review and enforcement operations of CAFOs from the DNR to DATCP. In March, the Wisconsin Dairy Business Association applauded the proposal, saying "having the state's most knowledgeable people in agriculture regulate large farms make sense," adding that it already does it for most farms already. Committee member Lee Luft understands the argument but says there are a lot of other details to sort out.



Luft says such a transfer would require the approval of the Environmental Protection Agency. The item will be discussed when the Kewaunee County Land and Water Conservation Committee meets September 11 at 8 a.m. in Luxemburg.

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