Ag Chat with Bob Bosold - July 9

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ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU)- The June Class 3 milk price came out at a disappointing $16.27 a hundred. That's down 11 cents from the May price, but it is $1.06 more than last June. So far this year, the Class 3 price average is $15.25. Last year the Class 3 average ended up at $14.61 a hundred.

Fair officials have now closed public access to all animal areas, including the petting zoo, but plan to keep the fair open. /: (MGN)

The emphasis on the crops around the country has gone from trying to get it planted to now tracking its growing progress. This week's Crop Progress Report shows the corn is rated at 57% good to excellent-up just slightly from a week ago. States reporting the best corn condition include North Dakota at 79% good to excellent while Nebraska is at 76% and Minnesota is at 60%. But other major corn growing states like Illinois are reporting their corn is only at 37% good to excellent and Indiana's corn is rated just 38% good to excellent. The soybean ratings fell 1% over the past week as 53% of that crop is rated good to excellent with 90% of the beans emerged and 10% blooming-both numbers well behind average progress for the 4th of July. Again, states like Illinois and Indiana are reporting the worst soybean conditions of the major growing states.

In Wisconsin, the corn crop is rated 59% good to excellent this week-up 4% from a week ago. And the report also shows 94% of the corn plants have emerged-but that number is usually 100% by now. State farmers also now have 96% of the soybeans planted with 89% of those plants emerged-again behind the normal pace. Soybeans this week are rated 64% in good to excellent condition-3% better than last week. The report also shows 56% of the oats and 87% of the winter wheat crops have headed and farmers have made 92% of their first crop and 19% of their second hay crops-all those numbers behind normal progress.

The fair season officially gets underway this week around the state. The official start of the Northern Wisconsin State Fair in Chippewa Falls is tomorrow with the fair running through Sunday. But the fair really starts today with 4-H and FFA members showing their hogs starting at 9 this morning. Also showing today will be kids with their poultry and goats. The good thing about today's showing is that there will be no charge to get onto the fairgrounds.