Dean Foods bankruptcy: Local dairy farming industry reacts


November 13, 2019

“Dairy farmers have been struggling for the past three, four years due to low commodity prices,” said Katie Wantoch, Dunn County Agricultural Agent. Ag officials with UW-Extension say there aren’t as many dairy farms in the Chippewa Valley today as there were 20 years ago. Wantoch says having a milk producer like Dean Foods file for bankruptcy puts a damper on what farmers are going through.


Putting your garden to bed for winter

Journal Times

November 1, 2019

If you have not done a soil test before or in the last five years, it is time to collect some random soil core samples from your garden beds and get it tested through UW soil and forage lab. Download the UW-Madison Extension publication A2166 “Sampling lawn and garden soil for analysis” from to read more about on proper procedure in collecting representative soil samples from your garden beds.


Project results lessen emissions, boost profits


October 23, 2019

University of Wisconsin–Madison professors Matt Ruark and Molly Jahn led the project in collaboration with seven other universities as well as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which funded the project; and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, an industry-research group. The team issued its final report earlier this year.


Experts Say There’s No Farm Crisis But Plenty Of Challenges


October 18, 2019

That means the problems that impact individual farmers hurt the rest of Wisconsin’s economy, too, said Paul Mitchell, director of UW-Madison’s Renk Agribusiness Institute. He pointed to the farm goods that make their way into Wisconsin’s large vegetable processing industry.


Harvesting and managing late-planted corn silage

Wisconsin State Farmer

October 14, 2019

We also anticipate that standing corn silage pricing is going to raise questions with many buyers and sellers this fall. Several tools are available to help folks make pricing determinations on the value of their forages, including the Corn Silage Pricing App that was developed by UW-Madison Extension staff and is freely available to download from the Google Play Store.