Ag Chat with Scott Schultz- November 27

ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU) - Iowa Corn Growers Association leaders have submitted comments to the Environmental Protection agency to – in their words – make it right on the proposed supplemental rule of the 2020 volume standards under the Renewable Fuel standard. The leaders said the EPA has an obligation to account for 15 billion gallons of renewable fuels to keep the RFS volumes whole. They said the EPA hasn’t met those standards as it’s waived more than 4 billion gallons of renewable fuels during the past three years, representing 1.5 billion bushels of corn. The result has been weakened corn markets, the organization said.

Wisconsin egg production during October was 191 million eggs, according to the latest U.S. Department of agriculture reports. That was a 10 percent increase compared with September and up 12 percent from last year. That’s the highest egg production on record for Wisconsin, surpassing the previous record of 186 million eggs produced in December 2017. The average number of all layers on hand during October was 7.36 million, up 6 percent from last month and up 2 percent from last year. Eggs per 100 layers for October were 2,594, up 4 percent from last month and up 10 percent from last year.

Producers and land owners in all counties are reminded that they should be returning their ballots for the Farm Service Agency county committee elections. December 2 is the deadline to return those ballots to county FSA offices. Another deadline that’s looming is for the Dairy Margin Protection Program. Dairy farmers have until Dec. 13 to decide whether they want to enroll in the program for 2020.

The state Department of Natural Resources has reported that 90,286 deer were harvested in the state during the opening weekend of the gun deer season. That compares with 123,090 harvested during the 2018 season’s opening weekend. The season runs through Sunday.