Ag Chat with Bob Bosold- December 10

The Wisconsin farm Bureau federation wrapped up its 100th annual convention in Wisconsin Dells yesterday with a new president. Joe Bragger of independence, who represents District 11 for the farm Bureau was selected by the Farm Bureau Board to succeed Jim Holte of Elk Mound who has led the organization since 2012. Bragger has been on the state board since 2011 and with his wife Noel and brother Dan operates a farm that includes 300 milk cows, 32,000 pullets and grows 1,400 acres of crops. Dave Daniels of Union grove in Kenosha County was selected as the Farm Bureau's new vice-president.

Crop insurance applications due by September 30th.(USDA)

Farm Bureau members also set their wide range policy for the coming year. On energy policy, the members supported requirements that gasoline contain 15% ethanol year 'round. Also on federal policy, members want the FDA to upgrade their standards of identity to recognize current technology in milk processing. Statewide the group supports opportunities for farmers to diversify their operations to allow people more agricultural experiences including agricultural event venues. They also want to make it easier for producers to market vegetables, meat, fruit and other products directly to consumers without making the process so onerous when dealing with local, county and state regulations. And with the growing wolf population, members called for a cost share program for farmers who experience wolf losses.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service issued it final Crop Progress Report of the year yesterday even though the crops not all in the bin yet. As of this past Sunday, 8% of the corn across the country is still standing. That's about 7 and a half million acres farmers still need to combine with a big chunk of that in North Dakota, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Here in Wisconsin, only 74% of the corn for grain has been harvested because of excess moisture and snow covered fields. Normally 95% of the corn is off across the state by now. State farmers reported the moisture content of the corn they did harvest last week was still up there at 23%. And there's still some soybeans to go get. Only 88% of the beans are in-last year all the soybeans in the state had been harvested by now.