Midwest Briefs

Wisconsin State Farmer


GROWMARK to purchase Suncor’s share of UPI

GROWMARK and Suncor have reached an agreement in which GROWMARK will purchase Suncor’s 50 percent interest in UPI, Inc. in Ontario, Canada. The transaction, subject to conditions including regulatory approvals, brings GROWMARK’s ownership of UPI to 100 percent. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“The agreement aligns with GROWMARK’s focus on growing our petroleum business in Ontario,” said Kevin Carroll, vice president, energy and logistics. Suncor and GROWMARK have also entered into long-term supply agreements for GROWMARK’s petroleum needs in Ontario.


Missouri on track for second-highest corn harvest on record

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says this year's corn crop in Missouri is on track to be the second-highest yield on record.

The Columbia Missourian reports that the state was on track as of Sept. 12. The agriculture department predicts there will be an average yield of 165 bushels per acre this year compared to an average of 142 bushels per acre in 2015. The record was 186 bushels per acre in 2014.

Officials are also expecting record yields in Missouri for soybeans. The national agency is anticipating the highest yields on record nationwide.

Bob Garino of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service in Columbia says early planting contributed to a robust harvest, and that corn farmers in the state benefited from favorable weather after a dry spell in June.


Wet summer erases drought from Kansas

What would eventually become Kansas was once described as an arid region barely hospitable enough for habitation- especially during the Dust Bowl years..

All of which makes what's happening now all the more remarkable: Not 1 acre of Kansas soil is considered to be in drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

There have been only four periods since 2000 that Kansas has been entirely drought-free, said National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Caruso, adding that it's rare to have the entire state of Kansas in drought-free status.

A persistent weather pattern that brought moisture flowing from the Pacific into the central part of the country created an almost tropical environment in Kansas this summer.

Most of Kansas received more than 150 percent of its average rainfall over the past three months. More than 28 inches of rain fell this summer in Wichita, which nearly matches the city's average for an entire year.


Garfield Farm Museum’s Harvest Days set

Garfield Farm Museum will hold its 35 annual Harvest Days on Oct. 2. This year several milestones will be reached in the farm and the museum’s singular history.

The 95-acre Edward Garfield/Mongerson Brothers Farmstead has been added to the Garfield Farm and Garfield Tavern listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

This year’s Harvest Days will celebrate these successes and anniversaries with demonstrations of historic household and farm skills necessary to survive on the 1840s prairies of Illinois. From ox driving to spinning and weaving, the work of these settlers created one of the most productive centers of agriculture in the world.

All of this is the result of 39 years of effort to save and preserve this intact former Illinois prairie farmstead and inn as an 1840s working farm museum. For information call 630 584-8485 or email info@garfieldfarm.org.