After several weeks of steady gains, prices for dairy commodities on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange took a recess in trading during the past week as Cheddar cheese blocks, AA butter, and Grade A non-fat dry milk all posted losses this week in a busy spot market.
As the winter damage to alfalfa and winter grain crops became evident in the past couple of weeks, Extension Service specialists have teamed to supply farmers with ideas on how to cope with the situation.
Even without the lengthy delay in the seeding of annual crops, the stand losses in thousands of alfalfa fields in Wisconsin's east central counties are "an 800-pound gorilla" at the start of the 2013 cropping season.
After Wisconsin sportsmen and women participated in the first wolf hunt of the modern era, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officials said this week that wolf numbers have declined only slightly compared to last year - something that hasn't happened very often since the mid-1980s.
It's all about location.