Ag Chat with Bob Bosold- June 2
The streak will be broken after 123 years. That's how long the Northern Wisconsin State Fair has gone on without interruption, until this year. Yesterday fair General Manager Rusty Volk announced that because of the danger caused by the Coronavirus, there will be no Northern Wisconsin State fair this July in Chippewa Falls. But he said they are putting together some on line recognition for both junior and senior exhibitors on the fair website.
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers took the interim tag from now Agriculture Secretary Randy Romanski yesterday. Romanski had been serving with that title since earlier this year when Ever's first choice as ag secretary, Brad Pfaff of Melrose, failed to earn confirmation from the state Senate.
New reporting in Fortune magazine indicates Bayer Ag wants to put thousands of lawsuits over glyphosate herbicide behind them. Reportedly Bayer has given attorneys for the plaintiffs in those cases a verbal agreement that they will put $10 billion on the table and the courts can decide how to divide it up. Late last week, Bayer officials said they would consider such a settlement if it is financially reasonable and provides a process to resolve potential future litigation. They also said they hope they can have the issue finalized by the end of this month.
Farmers across the country are almost finished with spring planting. As of this past Sunday, they had planted 93% of their corn-almost 30% ahead of where they were last year at the start of June. The major corn growing states are basically finished with their corn while states like North Dakota, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee are struggling to get planted. Soybean planting is also ahead of last year by about 40% as 75% of the beans are now in across the country.
In Wisconsin, 94% of the corn is in-up 40% from last year with 73% of the crop already emerged. Northwest, Southwest and South Central parts of the state are all at 97% planted. State farmers also have 88% of their soybeans in the ground-up 60% from a year ago. And first crop hay making is underway with 11% of that job done-up about 5% from 2019. Topsoil moisture this week is rated 98% adequate to surplus around the state this week with Southeastern parts of the state still reporting some dry spots.