Ag Briefs: Man dies in tractor rollover

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Man dies in tractor rollover

A 62-year-old Richland Center man was killed following a tractor rollover on June 27.

According to the Richland County Sheriff's Office, the Communications Center received a 911 call at 9:46 p.m. reporting a tractor rollover at 30119 Country Highway O in the town of Orion.

The driver of the tractor, Charles "Charlie" Ray, was operating a small Ford tractor on hilly terrain and was navigating his way down a hill when the vehicle left the path and traveled down a steep ravine.

According to the news release, the front of the tractor struck the ground and flipped over. Rescuers  used UTVs to access the accident scene.

Ray died at the scene. The accident remains under investigation.


Milk prices up from last month, lower than last year

The Wisconsin all milk price for May 2018 was $16.70 per hundredweight (cwt) according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Agricultural Prices report. This was 40 cents higher than last month’s price but 70 cents lower than last May’s price.

The U.S. all milk price for May was $16.20 per cwt, 50 cents lower than Wisconsin’s price but 40 cents higher than last month’s U.S. price. Twenty-two of the 23 major milk producing states had a higher price when compared with May, while one state, Ohio, had no change in price.

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange* (CME) 40‐pound block cheese price closed at $1.5125 per pound on June 28, while barrels were $1.3350 per pound. The CME butter price was $2.2500 per pound.

For the week ending June 23, 2018, the Agricultural Marketing Service* U.S. weekly 40‐pound block cheese price averaged $1.6383 per pound, and 500 pound barrels adjusted to 38 percent moisture averaged $1.5612 per pound. The U.S. butter price was $2.3771 per pound.


EF-0 tornadoes damaged crops, trees near Platteville, Argyle

The National Weather Service confirmed two tornadoes touched down on June 26 in Lafayette County, the first touching down near Platteville, damaging crops and trees, WISC-TV in Madison reported. 

A total of eight acres of corn were flattened by the tornado, which hit two different fields. 

Another EF-0 tornado occurred from one mile west to two miles northwest of Argyle in far eastern Lafayette County, the National Weather Service report stated. 


Oregon revokes permit for troubled big dairy

Oregon regulators are revoking the waste management permit for one of the state's largest dairies. The action comes a little more than a year after Lost Valley Farm near Boardman received its permit.

The dairy producer that has been facing a slew of financial and regulatory problems has 60 days to shut down, move its 13,000 cows and clean all waste systems.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture and Department of Environmental Quality say Lost Valley Farm lacks the infrastructure to handle the amount of manure it generates, and has failed to keep accurate records.


Neighbors sue to reverse approval of chicken farm

Neighbors who don't want a chicken feeding operation in their eastern Nebraska community have sued the Colfax County Board of Commissioners for approving a permit.

The lawsuit was filed June 19 against the board, commissioners and the two men who sought the permit, Thomas and Josh Faltys.

The nine plaintiffs seek no damages but do want a judge to overturn the commissioners' May 22 permit approval for a maximum 380,000-chicken feeding operation. The plaintiffs say among their allegations that the operation "will cause great and irreparable harm because it will severely diminish their property rights."

Josh Faltys and his brother, Clint, want to contract with the planned Costco poultry plant in Fremont.


US sets pig record with 73.5 million animals

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the number of pigs on farms has reached a record high for June 1.

The agency says that the inventory of pigs was 73.5 million, up 3 percent from a year ago and up 1 percent from March 1.

It's the highest June 1 inventory of all pigs since estimates began 54 years ago.
The USDA says 33.2 million baby pigs were born from March to May, the largest number of new pigs for the same period since 1970 when records began.

Iowa has the most pigs with 22.7 million animals, also a June 1 record for the state. North Carolina is second with 8.9 million and Minnesota third with 8.6 million.


Farmer pleads guilty in $919K crop insurance scam

Authorities say an Alabama farmer has acknowledged falsifying documents that allowed him to receive $919,000 in crop insurance money he wasn't entitled to.

The Dothan Eagle reported that Dexter Day Gilbert pleaded guilty recently to submitting false applications for the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program. Authorities say the applications were submitted under his name and others.

Court documents say Gilbert, who has farms in Alabama and Florida, began submitting the applications in March 2016. The documents state Gilbert submitted 14 false claims of loss between July and November 2016, netting insurance payments of more than $919,000.