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Cover crop acreage grows in Green County Farmers make the most of what’s below to feed soil

SUBMITTED PHOTO The Independent-Register
	Brodhead-area farmers Jerry and Barb Daniels have been working with and learning about cover crops for the last five years. They planted multiple sunflower species, hairy vetch, various clovers, turnips and tillage radishes in this field.

By Mary Hookham, Correspondent Cover crops are the way of the future in the agriculture industry. Their use is gaining popularity around the state of Wisconsin and especially in the Driftless Region of the state. Green County continues to increase acreage planted in cover crops every year. “Planting cover crops […]

 
 

10/21/20 Brodhead Shopper

10/21/20 Brodhead Shopper

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It’s peak season for deer versus vehicle incidents State advises motorists to slow down, be on the lookout

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation, State Patrol and partner law enforcement agencies are reminding motorists to be alert for the potential of deer darting across roadways during upcoming weeks. Deer versus vehicle crashes typically peak during the October and November “rutting” period when bucks pursue potential mates. “The best strategy […]

 
 

Farmers stressed as virus outbreak drags on Technology troubles, mental health issues complicate operations

MARY HOOKHAM PHOTO The Independent-Register
	Mike Wenger of Brodhead unloads the hopper of his combine into a waiting grain truck late last week on County Road OK south of Highway 11.

By Mary Hookham, Correspondent Many farmers believe in being eternal optimists. Technology woes, mental health issues and fluctuating commodity prices have optimists feeling saddened this year. But farmers are looking to the future for hope, better prices and fewer sources of stress. “We have to remember that farmers and agribusinesses […]

 
 

10/14/20 Brodhead Shopper

10/14/20 Brodhead Shopper

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DUANE MALCOOK KAREN ‘KAY’ (TEAL) MALCOOK

DUANE MALCOOK KAREN ‘KAY’ (TEAL) MALCOOK

Duane and Karen “Kay” (Teal) Malcook of Brodhead, both passed away on Oct. 9, 2020. Duane passed away while under hospice care at Agrace Janesville inpatient unit and later that evening, Kay passed away while at Pleasant View Nursing Home in Monroe. Duane was born Dec. 17, 1941, in Brodhead, […]

 
 

Hard times, hard work made easier when shared among friends Farmers help Brewer family harvest soybeans after losing mother and father within months

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Members of the Brewer family gather for a photo in the soybean field on harvest day. The adults, from the left, are Tony Brewer, Nicole Brewer, Tami Behnke, Brian Behnke and Traci Brewer with youngsters Jaxson and Kinslee.

By Mary Hookham, Correspondent Glenn and Joann Brewer’s three adult children, Tami, Traci and Tony, are grateful for the lessons their parents taught them. The most important lesson is how to be happy doing the work that needs to be done each day on the family’s dairy and crop farm […]

 
 

10/7/20 Brodhead Shopper

10/7/20 Brodhead Shopper

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Rooted in tradition Visitors, family growers enjoy harvest time at Ten Eyck Orchard

BRETT SHARP The Independent-Register
	Apple trees surround the round barn at Ten Eyck Orchard in Brodhead. The 1920s-era structure is a favorite stop for visitors to the orchard.

By Katelyn Black, Correspondent With the fall season in full swing, Brodhead’s Ten Eyck Orchard is as busy as ever. Located along Wisconsin Highway 11 just outside of town, the orchard is owned by fifth- and sixth-generation farmers Rob and Drew Ten Eyck. Because of the lack of labor and […]

 
 

Chamber cancels this year’s Fire & Ice Festival Activities wouldn’t allow for social distancing

By Dan Moeller, CORRESPONDENT Brodhead’s Fire & Ice festival has been canceled for this year because of the coronavirus. The festival is traditionally held the first weekend in December. Brodhead Chamber of Commerce President Michael Lowery made the announcement in an Oct. 3 email. “Working closely with our team of […]