Michigan Farm News
  • Michigan Sugar says so long to ‘Sugar-Ray’

    Category: Crops

    by Rob Clark, Michigan Sugar Company; Farm News Media


    From the fields where Michigan Sugar Company’s nearly 900 grower-owners annually plant and harvest sugarbeets, to the State Capitol in Lansing, and to the Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., when you mention the name “Sugar Ray,” everyone knew exactly who you were talking about. It wasn’t the notorious boxing legend “Sugar” Ray Leonard who knew his way around the boxing ring. Rather, it was a different kind of legend who knew his way around the state and U.S. sugar industry — “Sugar” Ray Van Driessche

    Climate study measures impact on corn yields

    Category: Crops

    by ERIC FREEDMAN - Capital News Service; Farm News Media


    A changing climate has contributed to higher corn yields in Michigan and other Corn Belt states, according to a new study. Researchers attribute 28 percent of the region’s higher crop yield since 1981 to trends toward overall warmer conditions, cooling of the hottest growing-season temperatures and farmers’ climate-related earlier planting and choice of longer-maturing varieties.

    USDA to Reopen FSA Offices for Additional Services During Government Shutdown

    Category: Crops

    by USDA; Farm News Media


    U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Jan. 22 that all Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices nationwide will soon reopen to provide additional administrative services to farmers and ranchers during the lapse in federal funding. Certain FSA offices have been providing limited services for existing loans and tax documents since Jan.17 and will continue to do so through Jan. 23. Beginning Jan. 24, however, all FSA offices will open and offer a longer list of transactions it will accommodate.     

    Soybean acres expected to decline — but where?

    Category: Crops

    by Brent Gloy, Agricultural Economic Insights


    The combination of several years of outstanding crops and the trade dispute with China have pushed U.S. soybean stocks to record levels (and near record levels relative to use). The current planting situation is surrounded by a lot of uncertainty. A great deal of this uncertainty is related to trade and the ultimate level of soybean stocks. There is a general agreement that soybean acres will decline – but where?

    Eighty percent of consumers want FDA to end mislabeling of fake milk

    Category: Crops

    by Farm News Media


    With only six days to go before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) comment period on fake milk ends, new consumer research shows Americans widely disapprove of dairy terms being utilized for labeling of fake-milk products. Misleading labels are also creating consumer confusion on the nutritional content of milk versus plant-based imitators, offering further evidence that FDA must enforce long-existing standards of identity on dairy imposters.

    EPA grants ZOLERA FX Fungicide registration for wheat use

    Category: Crops

    by Farm News Media


    2019-01-21 176 Farm News Media The trusted fungicide for disease control in corn and soybeans has gained approval for wheat production from EPA. According to Arysta LifeSciences application trials at Feekes 2–5, provide a 4 bu/A yield increase over non-treated fields. Similar application trials at flag

    Corteva Agriscience, announces launch of Enlist E3 soybean and Qrome corn seed products

    Category: Crops

    by Farm News Media


    Billed as, one of the largest technology system launches ever, Corteva Agriscience is launching Enlist E3™ soybeans in Brazil, Canada and the United States, starting this year and an expanded launch of Qrome® corn product technology across the U.S. corn belt, after receiving import authorization from China this month for both soybeans and corn produced with the new technology. 

    Theresa Sisung named new associate field crops and advisory team specialist for MFB

    Category: Crops

    by Farm News Media


    Theresa Sisung has been named the associate field crops and advisory team specialist for the Michigan Farm Bureau. Previously, she was the winner of the 2018 Young Farmer Excellence in Agriculture award.

    Farmland buyers & sellers “holding their breath”

    Category: Crops

    by Farm News Media


    With farmland representing 82 percent of total asset values in production agriculture, economic and policy uncertainties have sellers, buyers and lenders “figuratively holding their breath” to see what happen next with land values, according to Randy Dickhut, senior vice president of real estate operations, for Farmers National Company (FNC).

    2019 Crops outlook? Expect a challenging year

    Category: Crops

    by Dennis Rudat, Farm News Media


    The farm economy will face continued uncertainty in 2019, according to American Farm Bureau Federation Chief Economist Dr. John Newton. Speaking during the 2019 American Farm Bureau Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show, Newton said many factors are pressuring the farm economy.

    Food & Ag Exporters: Apply for MDARD Award by March 15

    Category: Crops

    by MDARD; Farm News Media


    The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is now accepting applications for the 2019 “Ag Exporter of the Year” award. The award recognizes outstanding companies for their efforts to increase exports of Michigan food and agriculture products. 

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  • Columns

    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.