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Milk glut leaves farmers with little options

Dairy farmers in Door and Kewaunee Counties have plenty of milk to give, but the places to take it to maybe drying up. Closed schools and restaurants operating under restrictions are partly to blame for the increased supply of milk and other dairy products, causing processors to fill up and prices to tumble down. Officials from the cooperative Dairy Farmers of America admitted in a Wall Street Journal story last week that as much as seven percent of the milk produced at the beginning of April was dumped. Spreading milk onto fields as a nutrient was the subject of a UW-Extension webinar last week, but Kewaunee County Agriculture Agent Aerica Bjurstrom encourages farmers to consider other options first.

Bjurstrom says land spreading with milk would require updates to your nutrient management plan and cause consequences such as increased pests and bad odors. 

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