Agriculture Archives for 2018-10

Farmers running out of time for cover crops

By Tim Kowols       

The wet start to fall could end up preventing many farmers in Door and Kewaunee counties from planting cover crops. With the encouragement of Peninsula Pride Farms, many operators have started annually planting cover crops as a way to help control soil erosion and make it more productive. Cover cropping is also one of the strategies used to help address the area's groundwater concerns. Weather pushed the harvest back in some area fields and prevented farmers from simultaneously planting a variety of different cover crops. AgSource Labortories' Nick Guilette helps farmers write nutrient management plans and says they are running out of options if they want to still plant this fall.

 



Guilette says he has been telling farmers success cover cropping four out of five years is not a bad goal to shoot for given the unpredictability of Mother Nature.

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Farmers salvaging soybean crop despite wet fields

By Paul Schmitt    

The abundance of rain this fall has challenged local farmers in getting their crops off in a timely manner in October.  According to Enviroweather.com, areas in Door and Kewanee counties have received up to nearly six inches of rain in October already.  Jim Wautier of Church-Site Farm in Brussels and a member of the DoorCountyDailyNews.com Ag Advisory Board, says the soybean harvest was hit and miss this fall.



 

Wautier says the early heat this summer and the recent heavier rains made for an unusual season for farmers.   The average rainfall in Door County for the entire month of October is only 2.66 inches of rain, according to wisconline.com.

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Ag Career Days open eyes for middle school students

By Tim Kowols       

Twenty-five different career paths in agriculture were featured Wednesday during the first day of Ag Career Days held at Kinnard Farms in Casco. A joint effort between the Kewaunee County Economic Development Corporation and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, over 700 students from Algoma, Kewaunee, Luxemburg-Casco, Denmark, and Southern Door school districts will learn about the different careers associated with the industry, ranging from managing the food animals eat to marketing the products they produce. Lee Kinnard from Kinnard Farms says it is a great opportunity to open the eyes of students who may never realized the opportunities right in their back yard.



Algoma Middle School science teacher Penny Lemberger says being exposed to the different careers gives them a better idea of which path to take and how to do it.



This was the fourth time the KCEDC and NWTC combined forces to put on Ag Career Days, which runs every other year opposite the newly created Manufacturing Career Days. Co-chairperson Toni Sorenson says it takes over 100 volunteers to put on the event over its two day run.

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Weather raining on parade for farmers

By Tim Kowols       

The United States Department of Agriculture expects it to be a banner year for corn and soybean croppers this year, but farmers in Door and Kewaunee counties will have to wait to experience it themselves. Several weeks of rain has left fields too wet to work in, leaving crops ripe for harvesting sit. Rio Creek Feed Mill owner Jerry Barta says while soybeans near the ground have rising waters to worry about, the fall winds could play an even a bigger factor for the unharvested corn.



Barta encourages farmers to get out into their fields as soon as possible and not wait for a more natural drying of their crops to prevent possible harvest loss.

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Door County 4-H Youth Horse and Pony Project keeps equine love alive

By Tim Kowols       

Local riders will descend on Bley's Farm in Egg Harbor next Sunday to support the Door County 4-H's Youth Horse and Pony Project. Whether 4-H members have an animal or not, the Youth Horse and Pony Project helps them become more comfortable with its care and riding. Pamela Parks from the Door County 4-H Youth Horse and Pony Project says the group is for all ability and interest levels.



The program's Fall Trail Ride steps off October 14 at 10 a.m. with all proceeds from the event benefitting the Door County 4-H Horse and Pony Project. You can find more details on how you participate online with this story.

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Kewaunee County UW-Extension hosts dairy profitability session

By Aerica Bjurstrom, Kewaunee County UW-Extension Agriculture Educator      

Join UW Extension farm management specialists on Wednesday, October 10 from 10:00 am -1:30 pm for a seminar, Finding the Leaks in Your Dairy Profitability Pipeline. With a new agriculture trade deal on the table, and new dairy policies set to be implemented, this seminar is an excellent opportunity to listen to University of Wisconsin specialists who are experts in dairy farm management. Gain knowledge on dairy policy, federal farm programs, farm benchmarks, and understanding your cost of production.

Speakers include Mark Stephenson and Jenny Vanderlin from UW Center for Dairy Profitability, and Kevin Bernhardt, UW Extension Farm Management Specialist.

The meeting will take place at the Kewaunee County Highway Shop, E4280 County F, in Kewaunee.

This meeting is free and lunch will be provided.

Please RSVP by visiting our website at fyi.uwex.edu/kewauneeag or by calling 388-7141.

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Door County honeycrisp apples being picked in time for big weekend

By Paul Schmitt    

Area apple orchards are busy harvesting the last of their crop this fall.  Steve Wood of Wood Orchards in Egg Harbor and Sturgeon Bay says the Pumpkin Patch weekend is the busiest of the season for northern Door County orchards.  He updates the progress of the Door County "Big Four" apples.



 

Wood says the severe thunderstorms earlier this week did not negatively affect his apple crop.  He says apple cider and donuts are also in high demand right now.

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Kewaunee County farmers playing tour guide during World Dairy Expo

By Tim Kowols       

The World Dairy Expo may be over 150 miles away in Madison, but that is not stopping international visitors from visiting operations in Kewaunee County. Pagel's Ponderosa Dairy, Cornette Dairy, Kinnard Farms, and Junion Homestead Farm are just some of the local operations playing host to industry professionals from as far away as Japan and Germany. Tom Cornette says his German visitors were most interested in his Luxemburg facility and how it has helped improve production from his herd in recent years. That does not mean Cornette is not learning while he is teaching.



Kewaunee County youth are having a successful week showing cows at the World Dairy Expo itself this week, including reserve champion honors for Carmen Haack of Algoma and her heifer Spike. More Kewaunee County juniors are expected to show animals through the World Dairy Expo's close on Saturday.

 

Photo courtesy of Cornette Dairy

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