Michigan Farm News

  • U.S. cherry industry makes progress with trade petition

    Category: Crops

    by Mitch Galloway | Farm News Media


    Michigan tart cherry growers and processors are going through tough times right now, and any good news is better than the recent boatload of bad news. That’s why when the International Trade Commission announced this month it would continue investigations into the dumping of Turkish dried tart cherries that are hurting local cherry processors, their feelings were starting to shift.

    Tax Implications when Selling Farm Assets

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Steve Zimmerman, Tax and Accounting Manager at GreenStone Farm Credit Services


    The old adage — nothing is certain except death and taxes — rings true for many farmers determining the right time to sell farm assets.

    Trade wars taking a toll on farm equipment sales

    Category: Technology

    by Farm News Media


    As trade wars continue between the United States and major trading partners, farm equipment sales numbers mirror the uncertainty within the industry. U.S. sales saw minimal growth in most categories while Canada dropped in all but two, according to the latest Association of Equipment Manufactures sales data.

    Michigan Weather in June - expect a mixed bag

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Jeff Andresen, Extension Agricultural Meteorologist Michigan State University


    A persistent upper air pattern running from southwest to northeast across the Midwest let to abnormally wet weather across Michigan and the Great Lakes region during the second half of May and early June. The combination of frequent rainfall and cooler-than-normal temperatures led to a continuation of waterlogged soils and prolonged fieldwork delays.

    FARM Science Lab II unveiled at Michigan Farm Bureau’s Centennial event

    Category: Technology

    by Farm News Media


    The Michigan Foundation for Agriculture unveiled FARM Science Lab II (Food, Agriculture, & Resources in Motion) at Michigan Farm Bureau’s Centennial event on Fri., June 14, 2019. The 40-foot mobile classroom helps reinforce grade-level standards with hands-on science experiments while increasing students’ knowledge of how agriculture impacts their daily lives. The first lab, rolled out in 2017, has been visited by over 31,000 students across Michigan.

    USDA proposes bold moves to improve forests management, grasslands

    Category: Crops

    by USDA


    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Forest Service (USFS) released proposed changes to modernize how the agency complies with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The proposed updates would not only give the Forest Service the tools and flexibility to manage the land and tackle critical challenges such as wildfire, insects, and disease but also improve service to the American people.

    Powerlines laying across tractor – what do you do now?

    Category: Crops

    by Mlive/Farm News Media


    Mlive recently reported about a tractor encounter with a power pole and lines in a field while tilling. With the lines laying across the tractor, the operator knew enough to stay in the tractor until rescue workers determined it was safe to leave it.

    Late planted corn: should I change my seeding rates?

    Category: Crops

    by Ricardo Costa, MSU Extension; Farm News Media


    Because of such a delayed planting season, many farmers are starting to wonder if they should change their seeding rates. The short answer for this question is no; you most likely don’t need to change the seeding rates due to your delayed corn planting.

    Gypsy moths numbers are rising in southern Michigan

    Category: Crops

    by MDNR


    Gypsy moths are an invasive species, a term for non-native pests that can cause harm to native species and ecosystems. In its caterpillar life stage, the insect caused widespread defoliation in Michigan from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s. A large population in 2018 has led to more caterpillars hatching this spring.

    Secretary Perdue announces Kansas City Region as location for ERS and NIFA

    Category: Crops

    by USDA


    U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will relocate the Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to the Kansas City Region.

    Emergency forage legislation on Prevented Plant acres introduced

    Category: Crops

    by Dennis Rudat | Farm News Media


    Legislation with bipartisan sponsors has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday. It seeks emergency provisions for U.S. crop and livestock farmers to utilize Prevent Plant acres for raising desperately needed forages.

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