Michigan Farm News
  • Diesel fuel prices approach four-year high

    Category: People, Markets & Weather, Crops

    by Farm News Media


    As of May 2, 2018, U.S. average price of $3.157 – a level last seen in January 2015.

    FSA’s 2018 acreage reporting dates outlined

    Category: People, Crops

    by USDA


    There are some exceptions to the reporting dates.

    Water up and irrigate in

    Category: Crops

    by Lyndon Kelley, MSUE


    Newly emerged corn and soybeans use less than 0.5 inch water per week, but many annuals like wheat and rye will dry the soil to a depth of 2–3 feet, leaving the crop dependent on timely rain or irrigation.

    Asparagus growers approve continuation referendum

    Category: Crops

    by MDARD, Farm News Media


    The program will continue for an additional five years, beginning June 8, 2018, and ending June 7, 2023. The current assessment is at a rate not to exceed two cents per pound.

    Will rising fuel prices show up at your grocery store?

    Category: Crops

    by Farm News Media


    The good news for Michigan consumers? “As the second most diverse agricultural state in the country, consumers can expect an ample supply of locally produced specialty crop fruits and vegetables in their supermarkets and local farmers’ markets this summer,” Robson said.

    Farm voices challenge farm bill guts

    Category: Crops

    by Farm Policy Facts


    Given current economic conditions and the fiscal achievements of the farm bill, we strongly urge members not to impose even greater burdens on farmers by attaching harmful amendments during House floor consideration of the farm bill. 

    Is it time to hedge your fuel pricing bet?

    Category: People, Markets & Weather, Crops

    by Farm News Media

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    While both off-road and on-road diesel fuels have already seen a significant price increase, it could get worse. Bank of America analysts has released a report predicting that crude oil, currently at $77 per barrel could be headed back to $100 in 2019.

    Southwest Michigan pesticide collection date nears

    Category: People, Crops

    by Joanne Davidhizar, MSUE


    For a directory of other Clean Sweep coordinators and events in Michigan, visit the official website, call 517-284-5612 or email [email protected]

    Bill would let farmers tap into growing industrial hemp market

    Category: Crops

    by AFBF


    “Policymakers in Washington, D.C., and state houses across the country recognize the tremendous potential that industrial hemp can offer farmers as an effective rotational crop with promising economic benefits,” AFBF President Zippy Duvall wrote.

    The power of your voice

    Category: Crops

    by Carl Bednarski, President, Michigan Farm Bureau


    We all struggle with different things at times, but when we stand together, we lighten the load and are able to truly represent a united industry. It’s opportunities like these that show us how strong our voice can be.

    The importance of first cutting alfalfa: Quality versus yield

    Category: Crops

    by Phil Kaatz, MSUE


    First-cutting alfalfa has historically been the highest-yielding cutting of the year

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  • Columns

    Field Focus - May 15

    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. 

    Use financial reports to assist in guiding business decisions

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | April 24, 2018 

    Are you wondering what the break-even cost is on your cattle operation? Are you unsure what market price you need on your crops to cover inputs? Questioning if you should buy that piece of equipment this year or next year to minimize income taxes?



    The value of financial benchmarks

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | March 24, 2018 

    Financial benchmarks provide farmers key insights into how their operation is performing financially and help identify areas for improvement.



    Measuring operational efficiencies

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | November 9, 2017 

    In today’s challenging economic times, it is more important than ever to monitor the operational efficiency of your operation.

    Understanding operating loans

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | September 7, 2017 

    Martin KarperskiFarming is a capital-intensive business, with land, equipment and facilities that can run into millions of dollars.