Wisconsin briefs: Man dies in Marathon County tractor accident

Wisconsin State Farmer

Village of Maine

Man dead following Marathon County tractor accident

A Marathon County man is dead after being pinned underneath the tractor he was driving Sunday evening about 16 miles north of Wausau, according to authorities. 

The man was operating the farm tractor on Naugart Drive, just west of North 60th Avenue in the village of Maine when he entered the north ditch, according to the Marathon County Sheriff's Department. The tractor overturned, ejecting the driving and pinning him under the tractor's rear wheel, according to the department. 

A caller reported the accident at 9:06 p.m. Sunday, according to the Sheriff's Department. Main Emergency Medical Services and the Wausau Fire Department responded to the scene, but the man was pronounced dead, according to a news release. 

Information about the man has not yet been released. 


Fire department receives grant from DuPont Pioneer

Lebanon Fire Department announced a $5,000 donation from DuPont Pioneer toward the Grain Bin Rescue Training as part of the DuPont Pioneer sponsorship program.  

Fire Chief Brent Boyd stated on behalf of the Lebanon Fire Department that the Department appreciated the sponsorship of this important training for their area. 

Pioneer makes contributions to community-based organizations on behalf of the business and employees.

Consideration for outreach grants is given to communities where Pioneer sales representatives, DuPont Pioneer employees and customers live and work and that support quality-of-life initiatives to create an improved, sustainable lifestyle for people worldwide.


Potato production unchanged  

Wisconsin potato production in 2016 totaled 27.8 million hundredweight, virtually unchanged from 2015, according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Potatoes 2016 Summary.  

The state’s potato growers planted 65,000 acres, up 2,000 acres from 2015. Harvested acres in 2016 were reported at 64,000, up 1,500 acres from the previous year.  

Average yield per acre was down from 445 hundredweight in 2015 to 435 hundredweight in 2016. Price per hundredweight, at $11.60, was up from the previous year’s $9.70. Total value of production of the Wisconsin potato crop was up from $270 million in 2015 to $322 million in 2016.  


Wisconsin egg production shows increase

Wisconsin egg production during August 2017 was 155 million eggs, up 1 percent from last month and up 17 percent from last year, according to the latest Chickens and Eggs report from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The average number of all layers on hand during August 2017 was 6.15 million, up 2 percent from last month and up 10 percent from last year.

Eggs per 100 layers for August were 2,524, down 1 percent from last month, but up 6 percent from last year.


GENEX releases Brown Swiss Bulls

GENEX announced the addition of two Brown Swiss bulls to its lineup.

These newly-released, high genetic merit bulls are the result of a partnership between GENEX and Progressive Brown Swiss Sires

“The objective of the partnership with Progressive Brown Swiss Sires, a breeder-based organization and a segment of the Brown Swiss Cattle Breeders’ Association, is to make high-genetic caliber Brown Swiss bulls available to GENEX members and customers on a more consistent basis,” explains Roy Wilson, GENEX senior vice president of dairy marketing, sales and product development. “The bulls released today – 1BS00601 HANK and 1BS00602 SHAR-P (D*) – possess the elite genetic credentials today’s progressive Brown Swiss breeders demand.”

HANK, a Cadence x Driver, is a top 10 PPR bull. He stands out for his huge production figures (+1343 Milk, +48 Fat, +43 Protein) while also siring long-lived daughters (+3.4 Productive Life) and improving udders (+1.05 Udder Composite).

SHAR-P, a Jay-P son out of a Cartel daughter, is one of the highest genetic merit polled bulls available in the breed today. He stands at +173 PPR and +446 Lifetime Net Merit and is a breed leader for Fat at +52 and +0.13%. Relay on SHAR-P for fantastic fertility (+2.0 Daughter Pregnancy Rate) and longevity (+3.3 Productive Life). He’s a great mating option for Brookings daughters.

For more information, contact a local GENEX representative or visit http://genex.crinet.com.