Ag Chat with Bob Bosold -June 9
Last week the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the popular herbicide Dicamba could no longer be used and cancelled the product label. But yesterday the Environmental Protection Agency also ruled that existing stocks of the product can be used for a limited time. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler told the media that “at the height of the growing season the Court’s decision has threatened the livelihood of our nation’s farmers and the global food supply.” He added that EPA’s action will advance compliance with the Court decision, ensure regulatory certainty and prevent the misuse of existing Dicamba stocks.
We now go from planting the crops to watching them grow. As of this past Sunday, farmers across the country had 97% of their corn in—up 3% from a week ago and nearly 20% ahead of last year’s progress for the first week of June. And the corn is looking good around the country as it’s rated 75% in good to excellent condition. That rating is the third highest for corn at this time of the year in the past 10 years. Soybean planting is also ahead of normal with 86% of the beans now in—up 11% from a week ago and 32% ahead of last year at this time. And, like corn, the soybeans are lookin’ good as they’re rated 72% good to excellent this week.
In Wisconsin, 96% of our corn is planted—22 days ahead of last year’s progress and 8 days ahead of our 5 year average. And 86% of the plants have emerged as the crop is now rated 84% in good to excellent condition. State farmers are also about done planting their soybeans with 94% of the beans now in—20 days ahead of last year and about a week ahead of our 5 year average. Soybeans this week are rated 86% good to excellent. And about half of the first crop hay has been put up—6 days ahead of last year but 2 days behind average.
The results are in from this spring’s elections for the Dairy farmers of Wisconsin Board. Brenda Schloneger of Shell lake will represent District 1 from Northwest Wisconsin. District 4, Barron and Polk county, will be represented by Sara Bahgat-Eggert of Clayton. The District 7 board member, representing Clark County, will be David Bangart of Greenwood while Robert Sendelbach of Cochrane will serve on the Board for District 13 which covers Buffalo, Pepin and Pierce counties. They will begin their 3 year terms on July 1st.