Michigan Farm News
  • State cropland value decreases 2.2 percent

    Category: Crops

    by USDA

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    Cropland cash rents in the Lake States also remained unchanged from last year at $153 per acre.

    Potato late blight confirmed in Monroe County

    Category: Crops

    by MSUE

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    Rob Schafer, with Mid-Michigan Agronomy, reported that affected potatoes were located at the edge of the field with lesions occurring in the upper parts of the canopy.

    Farm production expenditures up more than 3 percent

    Category: Crops

    by USDA

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    Farm production expenditures in the United States were $359.8 billion for 2017, up from $346.9 billion in 2016.

    MI Soy See for Yourself Tour planned for Sept. 5

    Category: Crops

    by Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee

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    Ever wonder where the soybean goes? Now you can see firsthand! All Michigan soybean farmers and others in the industry who are interested in a one-day tour are welcome to join us for the first ever MI Soy See for Yourself Tour, sponsored by the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee.

    On the road for pollinators

    Category: Crops

    by Melissa Shipman, Seed World

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    Monarch butterflies travel around 3,000 miles each year on their annual migration. This summer, a team from Syngenta took a trip of their own in honor of National Pollinator Week, and though there are important pollinator habitat projects going on across the country, the road trip followed the Monarch Highway.

    Continuous CRP enrollment deadline Aug. 17

    Category: Crops

    by Farm News Media

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    USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is reminding producers that the deadline to sign up for enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. A one-year extension is available to current holders of expiring CRP contracts.

    MSUE schedules four Crop Field Days

    Category: Crops

    by James DeDecker, MSUE

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    Michigan State University Extension will host four crop field day events in Northeast Michigan this August-September.

    MSU Farm Financial Health - Part 4: Farm management decisions - who’s responsible – you or the banker?

    Category: Crops

    by Jon LaPorte, MSUE/Farm News Media

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    The lender is there to consider a financial investment in the farm and can offer recommendations to fine-tune the plan so that it is successful.


     

    Honey bee colonies down 43 percent

    Category: Crops

    by USDA

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    Varroa mites were the primary stressor for operations with five or more colonies during the past four quarters.

    Timing the last irrigation application

    Category: Crops

    by Lyndon Kelley

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    Turning off the irrigation water too soon could lower yields or reduce test weight. Irrigating beyond the crop’s need wastes resources: time, energy and money.

    MSU Farm Financial Health - Part 2: Are you pulling “core financial samples” on your farm?

    Category: Crops

    by Jon LaPorte, MSUE Educator/Farm News Media

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    Your farm's financial health, part two

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  • Columns

    Lights of hope for dairy producers

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | August 15, 2018 

    Recent market upticks, along with new proposed dairy processing in Michigan, are signaling a new light of hope for dairy farmers as they battle through one of the longest downturns in dairy marketing in recent history.

    Field Focus: August 15, 2018

    It’s still too dry for most of your Field Focus reporters as we reach mid-August. But they remain optimistic and are looking forward to fall harvest right around the corner.

    Field Focus: July 15, 2018

    Dry and hot was a persistent theme identified by Michigan Farm News’s Field Focus reporters for the July 15 edition. By now the drought has ended in most of the state, but we’ll wait for the Aug. 15 report to see if conditions have changed enough to keep alive the optimism our seven reporters have displayed this year.

    Field Focus - June 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.

    Field Focus - May 30, 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.