Ag briefs: WI lost 47 farms in August

Wisconsin State Farmer


Farm Wisconsin offers themed storytime

Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center has created a Little Sprout Storytime that will take place once a month at Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center.

Little Sprouts Storytime will feature farm themed stories, songs and activity designed for babies, toddlers, preschoolers along with their parent/caregiver. The next scheduled story times are from 9 to 10 a.m. on Tuesdays, Sept. 25, Oct. 23, Nov. 20 and Dec.18. 

Little Sprout Storytime is a free event. Afterwards, guests may purchase some ice cream or admission to experience Farm Wisconsin. For more information call Melissa Bender at 920-726-6003 or for more information.


State loses 47 farms in August

Forty-seven dairy farms milked cows for the last time in August, according to a report from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. That leaves just 8,372 licensed farms in the state.

This downward trend in the number of Wisconsin dairy farms has averaged the loss of 54 farms a month in the year 2018. Since Jan. 1, 2018, 429 dairy farms have went out of business.

The number of farms shutting off the pipeline in 2017 was 588, according to the DATCP report.


About 1,300 dogs, roosters seized

About 1,300 dogs and roosters have been seized from a property in western Wisconsin after authorities say they uncovered evidence they were used in organized fighting.

The Pierce County Sheriff's Office says the animals were living in deplorable conditions. They say the dogs were tied to heavy chains and had injuries and scars associated with fights. The roosters also showed evidence of fighting.

Authorities say paraphernalia used in dog and cockfighting was found on the property in the Town of Gilman. The sheriff's office says the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has taken the dogs and roosters to shelters until the court system can determine custody.

Authorities went to the property last week to make an arrest on a felony methamphetamine charge and discovered the dogs and roosters.


Hurricane Florence to impact crops in N.C.

Hurricane Florence is a powerful category 4 storm with 140 mph winds. Nearly all models show the storm tracking northwest towards the southern North Carolina coast Thursday night into early Friday morning, making landfall still as a category 4 storm.

Regardless of wind speeds when the storm makes landfall, it will slow once on land and will produce very heavy rainfall across central and eastern North Carolina.

“Current projections show as much as 20 inches or more of rainfall possible across eastern North Carolina,” said Don Keeney, Senior Agricultural Meteorologist for Radiant Solutions. “This will certainly cause widespread flooding as well as some significant damage to any unharvested crops such as corn, soybeans, and especially cotton.” 


State park uses goats to attack invasive weeds

After unsuccessful attempts with chemical and mechanical weed treatments at New River Gorge, the National Park Service has decided to try its luck with an all-natural solution: goats.

The Gazette-Mail reports New River Gorge National River says in a news release that 24 goats began a month long intensive grazing period Friday in the Thurmond area of West Virginia. Officials hope the animals are able to kill fast-growing, invasive weed species that include kudzu and Japanese knotweed.

The release says goats continually eat plants, which will stress and weaken them until they eventually die. Plans call for the goats to return to the area over the next two years so Park Service biologists can gauge their effectiveness. Official say the grazed areas will be replanted with native grass and wildflower species.