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Farm News and Notes

6:01 PM, Jan. 24, 2013  |  Comments
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Sausage-making seminar set

JUNEAU - Those interested in learning to make summer sausage, bratwurst or jerky may sign up for the annual Dodge County UW-Extension hands-on sausage-making workshop set for 6:30 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the Dodge County Administration Building in Juneau.

Cost of the workshop is $25 per person and limited to 50 people. To reserve a spot, send a check payable to the Dodge County UW-Extension along with your name, address, phone number and email to: Dodge County UW-Extension, 127 E. Oak St., Juneau, WI 53039.

For more information call 386-3790.

Forage Council meeting planned

JUNEAU - Dodge County Forage producers will focus on getting the most efficient yield from the nutrients in their land at the annual meeting of the Dodge County Forage Council at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, in the Dodge County Administration Building in Juneau.

Dairy, livestock and crop farmers are welcome to attend. The theme of this year's program will be "Learning from the Drought of 2012." Topics include weed and insect control, nutrient management, seed varieties along with a round table discussion on successful techniques and strategies employed by local farmers.

Registration for the noon meal, materials and annual Dodge County Forage Council dues is $15 if paid by Friday, Feb. 1 and $20 after that date. Checks should be made DCFC and returned to Dodge County UW-Extension, Administration Blg., 127 East Oak Street, Juneau, WI 53039.

For more information call 386-3790 or visit www.uwex.edu/ces/cty/dodge.

Rainfall key to state ag outlook

MADISON - Wisconsin's dairy farmers are poised for a strong 2013 because milk prices are expected to rise and feed prices are likely to drop, a panel of agriculture experts predicted last week.

Crop farmers, on the other hand, face a key unknown - whether they'll get enough rain to compensate for last year's prolonged parched conditions.

Wisconsin produced a record 27.2 billion pounds of milk in 2012. However, the 4 percent increase didn't necessarily translate to more money for Wisconsin's dairy farmers because it was offset by lower milk prices and higher feed costs.

Worldwide demand suggests that milk prices are likely to rise, while the price of feed is expected to stabilize, said UW-Wisconsin professor Mark Stephenson, featured speaker at the annual Wisconsin Agricultural Economic Outlook Forum held in Madison.

The event features several agriculture professors who forecast the outlook for key Wisconsin products. Most speakers said their chief concern is lingering effects from last year's dry weather. The drought was severe enough that most fruit and vegetable crops were hit hard, and the crops that fared well were largely those that could tap into water reserves deep in the soil.

This year those water reserves are partially depleted and it would take about 12 inches of rain statewide to replenish them, according to a Status of Wisconsin Agriculture 2013 report produced by UW-Madison.

Weather patterns have been too uncertain in recent years to predict rainfall with any certainty, so the best that crop farmers can do is hope for enough rain to compensate for last year, said Brenda Boetel, an agricultural economist at UW-River Falls.

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