Ag Chat with Scott Schultz- January 9

A Fond du Lac County woman has been named Wisconsin’s 54th Fairest of the Fair. Cayley Vande Berg from Fond du Lac County received the honor last night in Wisconsin Dells after competing for the position with 35 other contestants. As Fairest of the Fairs, she becomes the spokeswoman for the Wisconsin Association of Fairs, traveling this summer to Wisconsin county, district and state. Jessica Moor of St. Croix County was third-runner-up for the honor. Mikaila Falash of the Adams County Fair was named runner-up, with Lauren Flynn from Rock County named second runner-up.

Estimates for some areas of Upper Midwest states, including Wisconsin, still have up to 40 percent of corn standing in fields. A DTN survey of elevators around Upper Midwest indicated that much corn standing in some areas. In the last weekly crop progress report for 2019, the USDA reported that as of Dec. 8, 92 percent of the U.S. corn crop had been harvested. That report had Wisconsin and Michigan at 74 percent harvested, North Dakota 43 percent harvested and South Dakota at 83 percent harvested. On Jan. 2, North and South Dakota updated their corn harvest as of Dec. 31, with North Dakota reporting the harvest 48 percent complete and South Dakota reporting 90 percent of its corn harvested.

Several northwest Wisconsin schools are among 14 state schools receiving Sand County Foundation grants. Area schools receiving the grants include Luck High School, Turtle Lake High School, Glenwood City High School, Thorp School District, Auburndale High School, and Westby Area High School. The grants are designed to help the establishment of habitat for imperiled insect pollinators and monarch butterflies. Recipients will receive native wildflower seedlings, a training webinar and consultation, and first-time grantees will receive a $1,000 grand for the school district or FFA chapter to offset pollinator-project expenses.

An area farm couple will be heading to Connecticut to be considered for the National Outstanding Young Farmer Award. Adam and Chrissy Seibel of Bloomer will represent Wisconsin Feb. 7-9 at the National Outstanding Young Farmer Awards Conference. The couple have operated the Seibl family’s certified organic farm since 2002, and received the 2019 Wisconsin Outstanding Young Farmer Award.