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MID-WEST FARM REPORT - MADISON
9 minutes | Sep 26, 2022
Cranberry Harvest Is Underway
These cranberries are sold as fresh berries, so the harvest looks different than what you’ve seen before. For example, these bogs are not fully flooded. After harvest, the cranberries are dried and sorted four separate times by color. White to pale berries are sold to be mixed with juice (the flavor is not different from a more red berry). The deadline to get these berries harvested is around Nov. 1 (before the water turns to ice). It takes about 7 weeks for Ray’s crew to harvest 700 acres. That’s why he can’t wait for all the berries to turn red. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
50 minutes | Sep 26, 2022
FFA Band Director Celebrates 25 Years
Wisconsin State FFA Honors Band Director Monte Dunnum is celebrating 25 years of supporting those young musicians. He works with 65 students each year. Students can be in the band for up to five years or until they turn 21 -- but he says the relationships last forever. "Come by!" "Lie down!" "That'll do!" are some of the phrases you'll hear during a stock dog trial. These border collies start training at around nine months and are ready to compete at around age two or three -- but it's handlers that need the most training, says trainer and sheep farmer John Wentz. Instances of cyber-attacks, ID theft and cyber crimes continue to rise. Last year, the FBI had a record number of complaints with potential losses reaching nearly $7 billion, explains Jen Pino-Gallagher of M3 Insurance. The good news is that more people are becoming aware of their risk, including the ag sector. "I’m too young." "I’m healthy." "I don’t want to pay that every month." These are common thoughts people have about life insurance, says Carl Ivey, life advisor with American Family Insurance. He walks us through scenarios where life insurance can help in farm transitions, retirement and taking care of your family if the unthinkable happens. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
13 minutes | Sep 26, 2022
Dairy Innovation Hub--Research For All
The folks working to help out dairy farmers at the Dairy Innovation Hub sure have been busy. Dr. Tera Montgomery, the campus liaison for the Dairy Innovation Hub at UW-Platteville joins us to share more about what they do and what they have going on. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5 minutes | Sep 23, 2022
Stock Dog Trials Bring Folks From All Over
Connie of Kentucky travels all over the U.S. to compete in stock dog trials. She brought four of her border collies to Wisconsin, and she came off of a good run at the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival. It takes time and patience to develop a relationship with your stock dog and train them to compete. Pictured: Connie and her dog, Kid. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10 minutes | Sep 23, 2022
What It Takes To Herd Sheep
"Come by!" "Lie down!" "That'll do!" are some of the phrases you'll hear during a stock dog trial. These dogs can only be border collies. They start training at around nine months and are ready to compete at around age two or three. But it's not just the dog that needs training, but also the handler. John Wentz raises 420 sheep in Portage to train dogs and their handlers for the sport. He does meat and wool on the side. Otherwise, 400 of his 420-head are traveling Wisconsin to be used in competitions or agritourism. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
50 minutes | Sep 23, 2022
Land Value Has Reluctant Sellers Selling
Agriculture is known as one of the most dangerous industries in America, with the equivalent of 23.1 deaths per 100,000 workers. Keith Bryan, the technical service specialist at Chr. Hansen, shares more about the work they do to prepare farmers for harvest safety and the Silage SAFE Program. Fall harvest time can be one of the busiest and most dangerous seasons of the year for the ag industry. Angela Bunker, senior loss control specialist with American Family Insurance, shares more on recognizing hazards and minimizing loss. Land values are rising and cash rental rates are going up. Farm Director Pam Jahnke visits with Mike Morris of Compeer Financial. He says in the past 18 months, the volume of land sold has also jumped. This is because bids are higher thanks to high commodity prices, and those formerly reluctant to sell now see strong selling opportunities. This is a paid program. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
13 minutes | Sep 22, 2022
Hidden Cave Cidery Supports Wisconsin Apple Growers
With an agronomy degree from UW–Madison and a passion for a career in plant seeding, Walker Fanning wanted to work on a fruit-crop farm, but his choices were limited and seasonal. Fanning went from uncertainty to now owning and running Hidden Cave Cidery. He shares more on his journey to becoming a craft cidery owner that promotes Wisconsin’s apple farmers. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
51 minutes | Sep 22, 2022
Interest Rates Impact Dairy Demand
An agricultural startup in Wisconsin is setting out to be a resource for farmers and gardeners. SeedLinked is a search platform, marketplace and seed trail company changing the way large- and small-scale growers find horticultural crop seed. Users’ geolocated reviews detail seed performance and inform others of which variety might be most successful in a specific region, explains co-founder and Viroqua farmer Dylan Bruce. AgriGold regional agronomist Joey Heneghan argues this year has been the best growing season in the past five years or so. The only thing for producers to be wary of is tar spot if the state gets any more moisture. This program is paid for by AgReliant. ever.ag broker Zach Bower joins us live to look at milk production around the U.S. But he also says interest rates are becoming a focal point. The higher the rate, the more consumers opt for cheaper food -- switching brands or eating out less. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
14 minutes | Sep 21, 2022
Dairy Products Contest Fuels Innovation
Consumers love choices and new products. Innovative products featuring dairy as the star, in particular those boasting the calming effects of dairy are being sought out in a competition among college students. Rohit Kapoor is the Vice President-Product Research at Dairy Management Inc. He shares how DMI is helping to fuel the innovation fire with their Dairy Products Contest. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
51 minutes | Sep 21, 2022
This Morning -- All About Unique Partnerships
Pheasants Forever isn’t just about hunting. And Professional Dairy Producers of Wisconsin isn’t just about milking cows. Recently these two organizations have developed a partnership, promoting on-farm conservation practices that also make sense to a farmer's bottom line. Carrie Mess talks to Josh Bendorff. Steffes Group is still busy ahead of harvest. They've got just shy of 10,000 acres before the end of the year -- after harvest, which is a good time to sell, according to Ashley Huhn. This a paid program. Harvest is the most important time of year, according to custom operators from across the state of Wisconsin. Ray Liska is the president of Wisconsin Custom Operators. He says as demand increases for their services, independent operators are proud to say they have enough numbers to meet that need. Just next door in Minnesota, farmers have the option of collecting cash if they DO NOT call the federal government to get rid of problematic wolves. The group paying private depredation dollars is called Howling for Wolves. Dave Ladd speaks on behalf of the organization – he says money is the 'solution' to benefit both farmers and the wolf population. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12 minutes | Sep 20, 2022
Know The Signs Of Suicide
It's National Suicide Awareness Month and National Farm Safety Week. Megan Schossow is the outreach director with UMASH -- the Upper Midwest Agricultural Health and Safety Center. She says mental health issues have reached points similar to that of the 80s farm crisis in the past decade. This is due to stress over trade deals, market volatility, COVID-19, supply chain disruption and inflation. She says it's also impacting more women and children. She shares warning signs you can watch for. She also shares convenient resources to get help, from 800-FARM-AID to 988. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10 minutes | Sep 20, 2022
Old Wisconsin Sausage Celebrates 75 Years
A lot has changed in the sausage-making industry over the past 75 years, such as consumer trends and overall expansion. But at least one thing has stayed the same – the need and appreciation for great employees. This is the message from Steve Harrison, the vice president and general manager of Old Wisconsin Sausage in Sheboygan County. Old Wisconsin Sausage is celebrating 75 years of sausage making. Steve Harrison describes how it feels and how the business has evolved over the past several decades. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12 minutes | Sep 20, 2022
Life Insurance -- A Risk Management Tool
"I’m too young." "I’m healthy." "I don’t want to pay that every month." These are common thoughts people have about life insurance, says Carl Ivey, life advisor with American Family Insurance. He says these thoughts are getting in your own way. Today is always the cheapest time to buy life insurance, because you're always getting older. And the expense is more like paying for a tool -- Ivey walks us through scenarios where life insurance can help in farm transitions, retirement and taking care of your family if the unthinkable happens. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10 minutes | Sep 20, 2022
Risk Loss and Safety Go Hand In Hand
The 2019 data for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that the agricultural sector is the most dangerous in America with an equivalent of 23 deaths per 100,000 workers. Fall harvest time can be one of the busiest and most dangerous seasons of the year for the agriculture industry. For this reason, the third week of September has been recognized as National Farm Safety and Health Week. Angela Bunker, Senior Loss Control Specialist with American Family Insurance helps to effectively analyze risk exposures, loss trends and effectiveness of safety protocols and develop recommendations to reduce loss frequency. She shares more on recognizing hazards and minimizing loss. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
50 minutes | Sep 20, 2022
Milk Market Back Up Thanks To Cheese Demand
Don Bussye, chief planner for the census of agriculture, shares more on the 2022 census of agriculture survey and what elected officials will be looking at when putting the 2023 farm bill together. UW-Madison Agronomy Professor, Bill Tracy, says Wisconsin shouldn't have to rely on a few regions of the U.S. for its produce. With extreme weather events such as drought and fires in California, the pressure is on for researchers to develop seed varieties for producers here in Wisconsin. For example, veggies that can withstand cold temperatures or pests and diseases. It is National Farm Safety and Health Week. Keith Bryan of Chr. Hansen shares more about the eight areas of silage safety to help make sure everyone returns home safely at the end of the day. John Heinberg, market advisor with Total Farm Marketing joins us to talk commodity news - primarily the improved cheese export demand and livestock markets trending higher with cash trade. Milk market is back in the $21 area, due to schools being in session again and demand for pizzas, providing good opportunities for producers. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
14 minutes | Sep 20, 2022
Busy Time For Retailers - Mark Farnsworth
Just like it is a busy time for kids going back to school, it's also a busy time for retailers everywhere. Mark Farnsworth, Retail Sales Supervisor for Rhodes Bake-N-Serv, talks about how he got into his retail role and how he works to make sure all of their customers feel like they are a part of the Rhodes family. He also shares stories of growing up in the bakery business, and how that feeling of comfort continues today as they prepare for the holidays. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
14 minutes | Sep 20, 2022
Perfect Recipes For Busy Schedules - Amy Hall
If you’re finding yourself overwhelmed and busy yet still trying to provide some good meals for your family to come together, Rhodes BakeNServ has some excellent recipes for you. Give a listen to all the ways you use any of the Rhodes BakeNServ products in your busy lifestyle with Amy Hall, the Social Media Coordinator with Rhodes. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
51 minutes | Sep 19, 2022
Smart Corn: The Future of Corn
Sammie Brantner of DEKALB, talks about what Smart Corn is and how soon it will be on the market. Smart Corn provides added protection, accessibility, and greater yield potential. With feed ingredient prices climbing Drew Johnson, an independent dairy consultant in Western Wisconsin, shares some of the smart swaps and moves he’s seen farmers make. From adjusting ration inclusions based on falling protein prices, updates on some of the possible byproducts out there, and plans for spring planting, he shares what he sees as the best options to better manage feed inputs. While Christmas may seem far away for many as they are still trying to hold onto what is left of that summer weather, Christmas tree farmers are already working diligently to prepare for the holiday. Greg Hann of Hanns Christmas Farm in Oregon, shares more on what growers are doing to educate others. Beth Crave of Crave Brothers Cheese in Waterloo talks about their recent win at the Wisconsin State Fair for their chocolate mascarpone cheese. She also explains what goes into making a unique product, such as chocolate cheese. Crave Brothers Cheese is celebrating its 20th anniversary. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
14 minutes | Sep 16, 2022
Little John's Kitchen- Ending Hunger, Providing Training.
Food waste, food access and food insecurity are all complex issues. Chef Dave Heide of Little John’s Kitchens is taking on those issues, and more on multiple levels. Chef Heide has founded Little John’s Kitchens to funnel excess food from farms and stores and people who want to learn cooking skills, into healthy meals that are “made with love”. He shares more about his “Pay What You Can” restaurant, as well as how the organization he leads is helping those with a variety of needs in the community. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11 minutes | Sep 16, 2022
Protect Your Farm From Cyber Threats
Instances of cyber-attacks, ID theft and cyber crimes continue to rise. Last year, the FBI had a record number of complaints with potential losses reaching nearly $7 billion, explains Jen Pino-Gallagher of M3 Insurance. The good news is that more people are becoming aware of their risk, including the agriculture sector. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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