Ag Chat with Bob Bosold- November 20

ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU) - When deer hunters head for the woods this weekend for the opening of the gun deer season across the state, they’re gonna find the deer have more hiding places than usual. That’s because only 44% of the corn has been harvested across the state—21 days behind last year’s progress and about 18 days behind our 5 year average. Farmers are waiting and hoping the corn will dry down more in the field, those fields will stiffen up to hold combines and grain trucks and that they can get enough LP to dry the grain as it goes in their bins. There will also be more soybeans still standing than we normally see this late in November. Only 77% of the beans are off—that’s 14 days behind last year and about 3 weeks behind our 5 year average. And it’ll be hard for hunters to follow the deer into the swamps as topsoil moisture this week is rated 68% adequate and 32% surplus.

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Meanwhile elected officials from across the Midwest are putting a full court press on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to make sure enough propane does get to this part of the country to dry the crops. Midwestern governors have already signed waivers making it easier for truckers to haul the product into the area from places like Texas and Kansas. And now members of Congress are also pressuring federal agencies to move the product to areas of most need, like the Midwest.

By now most observers thought the U.S. and China would have at least phase 1 of a new trade deal done—but that’s not the case. Negotiators from both countries are continuing to talk, but not in person, by phone. And the hang-ups to a deal remain the same. China wants the U.S. to back off on tariffs while President Trump wants the Chinese to agree to buy a lot of American farm products this year. So far neither side wants to be the first to blink to get a deal done.

The Wisconsin State Fair is looking for farms that have been in the same family for at least 100 years. The Fair’s annual Century and Sesquicentennial Farm and Home Awards will be presented at the 2020 fair next August 11th. Applications for both the 100 and 150 year recognition are now available from the fair and if your farm qualifies you have until March 1st to get your information to State Fair officials. There are currently 9,613 centennial farms and 919 farms that have been in the same family for 150 years across the state.