LENA — Extension of Marinette and Oconto Counties are sponsoring a workshop designed to help producers analyze crop budgets as they make crop rotation, crop insurance coverage, land rent and management practice decisions, Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. at the Lena Town Hall, Goatsville Road.

Crop budget projections point toward continued slim margins for 2020 production, especially in less predictable production areas. Tight margins certainly create challenges, but also possible opportunities, as producers prepare for the new cropping season. 

The program will start out by focusing on costs of production and likely revenue, developing 2020 crop budgets for the area’s primary crops. The effects on both costs and revenue for various management practices will be open for discussion and analysis. This will include standard practices such as weed control, fertilization, hybrid/cultivar selection, or seeding rates, as well as including practices such as cover crops, fungicide use, soil/seed treatments and others.

The analysis process will be facilitated by Scott Reuss, UW-Madison Division of Extension Crops/Soils Agent, but will be driven by the producers and agronomists in attendance. After the base budgets have been developed, the final portion of the day’s discussion will focus on making adjustments to the base for fields which are going to be negatively impacted by compaction and other issues related to the extremely wet soil conditions in which most fields were managed throughout 2019. The budgeting spreadsheet will be available to all producers to then make individual farm or field changes to the generalized numbers, allowing fine-tuning of their own decision making.

This program is open for all producers and consultants to attend. There is no fee for taking part in this event, neither is registration required.

If people have any questions about the program, they may contact Reuss at 715-732-7510 or email tosreuss@marinettecounty.com. Attendees are welcome to bring their laptops along so that they can receive and work on the spreadsheets that will be utilized.

Producers are also invited to take part in a discussion of the new farm bill’s ARC/PLC programs and the decisions which need to be made for each FSA farm by March 15. That discussion will occur at the town hall from 10 a.m. to noon prior to the crop budgeting event.

If people are unable to attend this event, but want to discuss cropping issues on their farm, they may contact Reuss to set up an appointment. People may call the Marinette County Extension office, 715-732-7510 or 1-877-884-4408, to request any type of accommodation or assistance that one may require to attend this event. All requests will be kept confidential.