(KMAland) -- Weekly ethanol production and stocks data released this week shows levels are headed back towards 2019 levels. Arlen Suderman, Chief Commodities Economist for StoneX Group, Inc, says the levels indicate the market is breaking the pandemic mindset.

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SALISBURY, Mo. — For seedstock producers, when to start having production sales can be a big decision. For Charles Henke, the time was right in March 2018. He has a purebred Angus seedstock business, Henke Angus, and also grows row crops on his Chariton County farm.

Wisconsin’s Producer-Led Watershed Protection Grant program was introduced in the 2015-2017 Wisconsin state budget, designed to provide funding to farmers willing to lead conservation efforts in watersheds. The first round of grants totaling $242,550 was awarded to 14 producer-led groups. The program has continued to grow, with the 2019-2021 budget authorizing annual program funding totaling $750,000. Thirty groups of farmers were awarded that full amount of funding in November 2020.

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Although farmers have a reputation for working alone, in reality, farm work often requires teamwork. Especially when attaching implements to equipment, loading grain or livestock, or harvesting produce, having additional sets of hands usually helps the job go more smoothly.

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Charles Henke has a purebred Angus seedstock operation in Chariton County, Missouri. He says putting in time to prepare and building relationships with prospective buyers helps make for good production sales.

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Jake Kundert communicates with hand signals to assist equipment operator Claire Zabel at the Historic Johnson County Poor Farm in fall of 2020.

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Peninsula Pride Farms is a producer-led watershed-protection group in southern Door and Kewaunee counties. It has hosted two field events in spring 2021. Called “Conservation Conversations” the informal events provide farmers an opportunity to openly discuss topics. Mike Vandenhouten, a crop farmer in southern Door County, hosted Apr. 24 a Conservation Conversation at his farm to discuss the next steps after planting 100 pounds of oats and 2.5 pounds of tillage radish as a cover crop in fall 2020. He recently began planting oats as a cover crop in fall 2020 and is no-till-planting this spring.

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The Farmers in Rock County group began working together in 2020 with representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service as well as UW-Extension in Rock County to form a producer-led watershed-conservation group called Farmers on the Rock. The group is already holding meetings in-person and virtually to discuss goals.

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The Sheboygan River Progressive Farmers is a producer-led watershed-protection group in the Sheboygan River watershed in Sheboygan and Fond du Lac counties. The group hosted its first field day of the year Apr. 21. Farmers talked about the next steps to take after turnip and crimson-clover cover crops grew through the winter.

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The Milwaukee River Watershed Clean Farm Families group was formed in 2016 and initially included the Milwaukee River watershed as the project area. The group expanded in 2021 to include all of Ozaukee County except for the Cedar Creek Watershed, which is covered by the Cedar Creek Farmers Producer-led group.

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Farmers for Lake Country is a producer-led group in the Oconomowoc River Watershed. It’s entering its sixth year of promoting soil health and water-friendly farming practices across a watershed that crosses four counties. A core group of six members as well as additional participating farmers are involved in no-till and cover-crop practices. The group is experimenting with newer practices such as “planting green” and inter-seeding.

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The Western Wisconsin Conservation Council – a producer-led watershed-protection group – is hosting a field day from noon to 3 p.m. June 17 at the Jon-De Farm, 2054 30th Ave., Baldwin. The field day will give farmers and other agricultural professionals an opportunity to see the Agrometer self-propelled dribble-bar applicator, which allows liquid manure to be applied to standing corn.

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The Lafayette Ag Stewardship Alliance is a producer-led watershed-conservation group in Lafayette County. It hosted a field day May 21 featuring discussions on planting green – no-till-planting soybeans into rye. Jason Rowe, a crop farmer, was the farm host. Josh Kamps, a UW-Extension agriculture educator, provided comments at the event.

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WAUNAKEE, Wis. – Jeff Endres can think of lots of reasons for composting manure. He farms with his brothers, Steve and Randy Endres, in the Yahara Watershed surrounding Madison, Wisconsin. The three have been composting for seven years using raw material from their 500 registered cows and 400 heifers. The compost is used on their 1,100 acres of crops.

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Emily Lesko, of Naperville shows the awards she won.

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Illinois FFA state officers jump for joy at the successful completion of the first of the multi-location 93rd Illinois FFA annual conventions June 1 in Normal, Ill. From left, Emma Kuhns, treasurer; Jordi Oliver, secretary; Margaret Vaessen, reporter; Lexi Mueller, president and Molly Schemp…