BLANCHARDVILLE, Wis. – Mike Berg credits his love for conservation to his father, Byron Berg. His father was an early adopter of contour-strip farming as well as no-till. The father-and-son team also constructed diversions on about 100 acres to channel rainwater so it would flow at a slower rate on the family’s rolling farm in Lafayette County, Wisconsin.

“I will nerd out unless you stop me,” Allison Jonjak replied to a question regarding naturally occurring nutrients in cranberry beds.

    Now that African swine fever has been found in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, Paul Sundberg says there is a heightened sense of urgency as the U.S. pork industry works to keep the virus out and develop the ability to contain it should it be found here.

      LENEXA, Kan. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of the Army are forming roundtables to provide input on the regional implications of “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS).

      Released on Sept. 30, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Quarterly Grain Stocks Report showed that as of Sept. 1 old-crop corn- and soybean-inventory levels had decreased, compelling the USDA to update supply and demand expectations in the October World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates released Oct. 12. Much greater-than-expected soybean stocks and the subsequent adjustments made for old- and new-crop supply and demand sharply decreased soybean prices for the 2020-2021 marketing-year average and the 2021-2022 marketing year.

      An old farm neighbor and friend passed this week, too soon, well before any of us who loved him were ready to let him go. Like my brother Alan, who walked on a couple of years ago, Dennis Fuller was only 67 years old. We were farm boys together in the 1960s. We played softball during Vacation Bible School behind the church in Loyd, Wisconsin. We hunted mushrooms, fished and swam in Willow Creek, picked black berries and apples, wrestled and played football for Ithaca.

        Cattle markets have seen a lot of variation in recent weeks, and University of Tennessee ag economist Andrew Griffith says they are trying to process a variety of information. He says cattle producers don’t need to worry, but should instead focus on what opportunities come along with the ups and downs.

          Warmer temperatures could have detrimental effects on yields when corn plants are densely planted, according to a study from North Carolina State University. Corn yields in such areas decline by about 1.86 percent with every 1 degree Celsius increase in monthly minimum and maximum temperatures through the season, the study’s models show.

          Nematodes with a taste for "insect innards" may offer cranberry growers a natural alternative to fighting hungry crop pests with chemical insecticides.

          Wisconsin had 4.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Oct. 17, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Temperatures were warmer than normal across the state; all areas experienced temperatures 4 or more degrees warmer than normal.

            A new disease-resistant potato called “CIP-Matilde” has been released by the International Potato Center and the Crop Trust. It was developed by farmers, breeders and scientists in Peru who identified wild potatoes with resistance to disease. Breeders then incorporated the resistance into cultivated varieties. The new potato withstands late blight, a disease that can destroy a potato crop in a matter of weeks.

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