Agriculture

Most Wisconsin farmers smiled broadly at the end of 2014. Among the reasons: mostly good weather in mid-to-late summer resulting in high yields. However, the outlook for 2015 is a mixed bag.
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It was easy to find the drones on display at the Wisconsin Farm Technology Days at the Statz Bros. dairy operation Tuesday because at least one was usually hovering over the 70-acre site that showcases just about every type and brand of farm machinery.
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Focus on Energy has announced plans to offer approximately $6.4 million in anaerobic digester funds for Wisconsin small dairy farms. Small farms are defined as fewer than 700 cattle. According to Focus on Energy, the program will help bridge the gap between the state’s dairy majority and access to locally-produced energy, organic products and manure management.
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Despite a spate of dry weather, the state’s corn and soybean crops are progressing ahead of the five-year average, according to the latest data from National Agricultural Statistics Service.
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Wisconsin's cranberry growers have predicted a record year for the crop, which would put the state at the top of national production.
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