Ag Chat with Scott Schultz- January 14

ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU) -- Upper Midwest corn and soybean growers will be re-surveyed in the spring to determine the final numbers where the corn harvest is concerned. Growers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, North Dakota and South Dakota who’d previously told the U.S. Department of Agriculture that they had unharvested corn and soybeans will be contacted by the department’s National Agricultural Statistics Service in the spring to update figures released Jan. 10. Estimates of grain stocks also will be revised in the spring, along with acreages harvested, yields and production.

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As officials from China and the United States prepare to sign Phase I of a new trade deal tomorrow, China has announced that it’s suspending plans to implement a nationwide 10 percent ethanol blend in gasoline used there. Reports say the decision will create a big decline in China’s biofuel production which, in turn, could reduce that nation’s need for U.S. ethanol imports. China had been expected to increase American corn-based ethanol imports after the recent announcement that the Phase I trade deal had been reached.

Operators of concentrated animal feeding operations will gather in Eau Claire on Feb. 12 for updates for CAFO owners and managers who have Wisconsin pollution discharge elimination system permits, producers considering expansion, nutrient management-plan writers and engineers who deal with CAFOS. The program, which will be at the Metropolis Resort, will be hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension and state Department of Natural Resources. Information about the meeting is available through the UW-Extension or DNR. Wisconsin has more than 300 CAFO farms.

More attention than ever is being given to the overall health of soil, and that will be highlighted during two upcoming meetings in the area. “Farming Profitably with Cover Crops and Healthy Soils” meetings are being presented Feb. 10 and 12 by the Eau Claire River Watershed Coalition. The Feb. 10 meeting will be at the C.A.M. Center in Thorp and the Feb. 12 meeting will be at the Augusta/Bridge Creek Fire Department at Augusta. Further information is available through the Clark County or Eau Claire County Land Conservation Departments or through the Western Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission.