At the annual Wisconsin Corn/Soy Expo, the Wisconsin Corn Growers Association (WCGA) and the Wisconsin Soybean Association named their 2018 Wisconsin Yield Contest winners.For the soybean bunch, 1st place winner in Division 4, went to Riley Bros Farms of Darlington, with their Asgrow AG2636 and a harvested yield of 99.58 bu/a. In second place, Venable Farms Inc. of Janesville grew Jung 1243R2X and harvested 93.22 bu/a. In Division 3, Jim Salentine of Luxemburg harvested 79.32 bu/a with Steyer 1401L and in 2nd place, Oeh My Farms of Abbotsford harvested 77.90 bu/a with Credenz CZ 1028LL. In Division 2, Custer Farms of Chippewa Falls achieved 72.67 bu/a from Asgrow AG19X8 for first place. In 2nd place, Adam Majeske of Balsam Lake harvested 56.64 bu/a from Asgrow AG17X8 soybeans. No entries were submitted for Division 1.Kreuziger Grain Farms of Juneau was the winner of the Soybean Quality contest with 2,737 pounds of protein plus oil per acre from Pioneer P22T41R2.The contest is sponsored by the WI Soybean Program and organized to encourage the development of new and innovative management practices and to show the importance of using sound cultural practices in WI soybean production.Wisconsin’s corn growers were also very productive in 2018, despite erratic weather patterns.Winners were selected from six geographical divisions – the Northern and Southern divisions plus four county-specific divisions. The county-specific divisions were based on active county corn grower associations and included: Columbia, Dodge-Fond Du Lac, Juneau-Adams-Marquette and Rock. In total, there were six eligible divisions that were awarded cash prizes to the first ($500), second ($250) and third ($100) place winners, where applicable. The winning entries had the highest corn yield based on bushels per acre.The 2018 winners were:Columbia County Corn GrowersJoe Berger, Cambria – 213.6785 bu/acreDodge/Fond du Lac County Corn GrowersDavid McArthur, Rosendale – 281.1734 bu/acreDennis Pinch, Rosendale – 277.3096 bu/acreJerry Kreuziger, Juneau – 252.2141 bu/acreJuneau/Adams/Marquette County Corn GrowersRichard Lucas, Hancock – 237.6681 bu/acreJody Lucas, Hancock – 222.9555 bu/acreRock County Corn GrowersNick Venable, Janesville – 278.5834 bu/acreArndt Farms, Janesville – 274.4595 bu/acreSouthern WisconsinBetty Steiger, Bloomington – 304.2245 bu/acreGene Steiger, Bloomington – 297.2032 bu/acreCaleb Wolters, Cuba City – 283.0722 bu/acreNorthern WisconsinJeff Laskowski, Plover – 294.1373 bu/acreBarb Laskowski, Plover – 289.1996 bu/acreZac Soltvedt, Seymour – 284.2579 bu/acreTo be eligible, entrants must be a WCGA member in good standing and the contest entry must be from a field of corn 10 or more acres in size of one variety. The contest area may be any shape, but the contest plot must be a total of 1.25 or more harvested acres.
Getting up at 2 in the morning might shock some of her listeners, but for Pam Jahnke, it’s part of the business. Born in Northeastern Wisconsin, Pam Jahnke grew up in agriculture. Raised on her family’s 200-acre dairy farm, she learned the “farm work ethic” first hand.