Michigan Farm News

  • Proposed Siting GAAMP revisions draw fire

    Category: Politics

    by Farm News Media


    Although the book has officially closed on the public comment period to proposed revisions of the state’s Right to Farm Act’s Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices (GAAMPs), the drama and challenges specifically to proposed revisions of Michigan’s Siting guidelines, calling for removal of any zoning conformance will likely continue.

    Agriculture pleased with EPA and Army on new proposed rule on WOTUS

    Category: Politics

    by EPA, AFBF; Farm News Media


    Farmers and ranchers across the country are applauding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corp. of Engineers for their proposal asking for a clear, understandable, and implementable definition of “waters of the United States” that clarifies federal authority under the Clean Water Act. Today’s proposal contains a straightforward definition that would result in significant cost savings, protect the nation’s navigable waters, help sustain economic growth, and reduce barriers to business development.

    Expect a shift to drier and warmer than normal weather pattern

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Jeff Andresen, MSU Extension; Farm News Media


    There will be warmer-than-normal mean temperatures over the next three months.

    U.S. Senate quickly approves 2018 Farm Bill package

    Category: Crops

    by Dennis Rudat| Farm News Media


    U.S Senate moves quickly to approve 2018 Farm Bill compromise package. The U.S. House is expected to vote on the bi-partisan measure tomorrow.

    Major improvements to dairy program in 2018 Farm Bill

    Category: Livestock

    by Dennis Rudat | Farm News Media


    Dairy industry to get reprieve if there is passage of the 2018 Farm Bill.

    Upcoming dates for dairy farm training

    Category: Livestock

    by MSU Extension; Farm News Media


    Training days for farm owners and managers have been scheduled for 2019.

    French ag-tech company JMT US selects Lansing as new site for U.S. operations

    Category: Crops

    by MITCH GALLOWAY | Farm News Media


    The French ag-tech company JMT US is expanding in Lansing. The company creates storage-bin technology that increases the shelf life of fruits and vegetables for farmers. 


    A quick peek at 2019 corn and soybean budgets

    Category: Crops

    by Brent Gloy, Agricultural Economic Insights


    According to Purdue University’s initial crop budgets for 2019, the net economic profitability shows the potential for very large economic losses in 2019. This is the sixth year in a row that the net earnings with these budgets have been negative. Of the six years, 2019 is forecast to be the second worse, trailing only 2016 when budgeted losses were $183 per acre. 

    Delayed harvest and crop insurance

    Category: Crops

    by USDA; Farm News Media


    USDA’s Risk Management Agency has released an updated fact sheet for producers facing delayed harvest conditions due to extremely wet or snowy conditions. In some cases the moisture content is so high the crop cannot be physically harvested with normal harvesting equipment.

    Results of 2018 SMaRT soybean on-farm research focus of January meetings

    Category: Crops

    by Mike Staton, MSU Extension Soybean Educator


    The results from the 2018 SMaRT (Soybean Management and Research Technologies) on-farm research projects will be presented at six programs conducted around the state in January. Learn how various management practices and products impacted soybean yields and income in the 2018 SMaRT on-farm research trials.

    Year-End Energy Market Update

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Tricia Whitfield, MBA, ERP (Certified Energy Risk Professional)

    In diesel fuel, the low point of the year for the HO contract on the NYMEX was on Feb. 13 at 1.8369. After spending most of the year in higher territory, markets recently fell to almost that point when diesel fuel reached 1.8384 on Nov. 28 before turning higher again.

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    Market Outlook: Large corn inventories don’t bode well for price outlook

    Dr. Jim Hiker | November 30, 2018

     Jim Hilker png(1)The November USDA/NASS Crop Production Report showed U.S. 2018 corn production to be 14.6 billion bushels, down 1% from the October estimate. It would still be the second largest crop on record, just below the 2016 record of 2016 of 15.1 billion bushels. 

    Weather Outlook: Warmer and drier days ahead…

    Jeff Andresen | November 30, 2018

    Jeff Andresen pngThe development of an upper air trough across central and eastern North America during the last week of October led to northwesterly flow across the Great Lakes region and to an extended period of early winter weather through much of the first half of November.

    Field Focus- November 15, 2018

    Welcome to the 2018 Field Focus feature. This year, six of our seven reporters are members of ProFile, a leadership development program of Michigan Farm Bureau. In each print edition of Michigan Farm News through the growing season, these young farmers will tell you about conditions on their farms and their regions. 


    Weather Outlook: Above normal precipitation to continue

    Jeff Andresen | November 15, 2018

    Jeff Andresen pngSeasonably cool and drier weather developed across the Great Lakes region during late October, allowing a resumption and/or acceleration of fall harvest and fieldwork activities across Michigan. With a persistent troughing pattern in place during much of the latter half of October, temperatures fell to below normal values, slowing grain dry down and soil evaporation rates.

    Drier days ahead for harvest?

    Jeff Andresen | October 30, 2018

    Jeff Andresen pngThe jet stream flow across North America changed dramatically during mid-October, with the transition of the highly amplified western troughing/eastern ridging pattern of the past few weeks to a western ridging/ eastern troughing pattern.