OPINION In a state as abundant in water as Wisconsin, it’s easy to take for granted the rich groundwater resources running below our feet. Our Great Lakes contain 20 percent of the world’s fresh surface water, and there’s more than enough water available for drinking, recreation, wildlife and business. But growing concerns regarding the public health and ecological impacts of agricultural and industrial pollutants in our water mean we must reevaluate how we manage water resources in Wisconsin.
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As a fourth-generation cattle farmer, Jared Decker knows that cattle suffer from health and productivity issues when they are taken from one environment -- which the herd has spent generations adapting to -- to a place with a different climate, a different elevation or even different grass. But as a researcher at the University of Missouri, Decker also sees an opportunity to use science to solve that problem, both to improve the welfare of cattle and to plug a leak in a nearly $50 billion industry in the United States.
"It creates diversity in the soil and in someone's pocketbook as well."
We had a very nice last week of October and first week of November, with dry and warm weather making for perfect harvest conditions. Farmers in our area of western Wisconsin were busy doing everything from harvesting corn and soybeans, to putting up cornstalk bedding and a limited amount of tillage. I even saw one farmer had some hay windrowed that he was working on.
MINERAL POINT, Wis. – At 90 years of age David Reichling could be sitting at home taking it easy. Instead he’s checking harvest progress and managing the grain-drying operation at Reichling Farms, his family’s farming operation near Mineral Point. That’s not all; the veteran farmer still keeps the farming operation’s books.