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The drought of 2021 left many ranchers short of feed, both grazing forage and hay. A great option for spring grazing or hay production is winter cereals.

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OPINION  One day in the not-too-distant future one might walk into a supermarket and see something different next to the ground beef. It will look like ground beef and might even say “ground beef” on the label, but somewhere in impossibly small type it will also say “cultured.”

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Cattle enjoy pasture along U.S. Highway 2 in Florence County, Wisconsin. But if drought strikes, establishing a winter cereal for grazing next spring will allow producers to delay pasture turnout, giving drought-stressed pastures more time to recover.

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HERBSTER, Wis. – The far points of cold Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands are the northernmost tip of Wisconsin. Beyond lies more of the huge spirited lake, and beyond that Canada. A strong gale could blow a leaf from one of the islands to the tiny settlement of Herbster on the northern Wisconsin coast.

Leah Urso has been named to the agricultural lending and business-banking team at State Bank of Cross Plains. She will serve farmers, agribusiness owners and local businesses throughout Dane County. Urso earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in communications/public relations from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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Holstein Association USA has named the 2021 All-National Showcase honorees. The program recognizes U.S. Registered Holstein cows and their owners for outstanding performance at National Holstein shows. Exhibitors from across the country earned points throughout the show season.

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Seth Meyer was appointed USDA’s Chief Economist in January of 2020, returning to USDA after two years. Prior to his return, Seth was a research professor and the associate director for the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri.

When it’s harvest season time seems to go faster. There’s so much to do that time seems to fly by and still we’re not finished. One looks for perfect days on the farm to combine and cut and dig what has been watched over all summer long.

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Planning for the next growing season will come with an additional challenge this winter with costs of inputs on the rise and shortages expected for some key applications. This makes preparation for 2022 especially critical.

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BLACKWELL, Wis. – Often we see places where there seems to be very little going on. We come across people who speak much but accomplish little. We hear of promising projects and ideas but nothing comes of them. But now and then we come across a place where so much is going on that it’s difficult to understand how it’s all done. Plans are implemented. Projects move forward. People have inspiration and purpose. In such places optimism and positive action are contagious.