Michigan Farm News
  • USDA’s WASDE report – corn inventories shrink, markets react

    Category: Crops

    by Farm News Media

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    The much anticipated June USDA WASDE report, released today, was a good news/bad news scenario for many Michigan farmers, according to MFB Field Crops Specialist, Kate Thiel. She said while the overall impact of today’s report was positive for the market, it added insult to injury for many Southern Michigan producers battling mother nature to get a corn crop planted.

    Growers learn how to increase yields at wheat field day

    Category: Crops

    by Farm News Media

     

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    Michigan wheat growers learned how to improve management practices and explore marketing options on Wednesday June 13, 2018 at the 2018 Michigan Wheat Program Annual Field Day held in Frankenmuth at the MSU Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Farm.

    Asiatic Garden Beetle damage severe in south Michigan fields

    Category: Crops

    by Chris Difonzo, MSUE

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    The majority of issues are in corn, especially no-till, although I confirmed several damaged soybean fields in northern Indiana.

    Quenching a growing thirst

    Category: Crops

    by Paul W. Jackson

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    Eighty-five years since booze was made legal again by passage of the 21st Amendment, there’s apparently little chance alcohol will be diluted out of American society. And so, farmers are in a position to take advantage of the economic opportunities.

    Historic fertilizer, seed, and chemical costs and 2019 projections

    Category: Crops

    by Gary Schnitkey, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics University of Illinois

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    All prices for major nutrients declined since 2013.

    Faba fix for sweet corn’s nitrogen need?

    Category: Crops

    by Seed World

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    Faba is known to be one of the most powerful nitrogen fixers.

    Plant density and yield gains go hand-in-hand?

    Category: Crops

    by DuPont Pioneer

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    Over the duration of the study, average corn yield over all locations at the agronomic optimum plant density increased from 135 bu/A in 1987 to 188 bu/A in 2015, representing an overall yield gain of 53 bu/A

    Edge-of-field drainage monitoring workshop scheduled for July

    Category: Crops

    by Ehsan Ghane, MSU Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Assistant Professor; Megan Beaver, MSU Extension undergraduate intern

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    To learn about edge-of-field monitoring and the research being conducted, a Drainage Monitoring Workshop will take place July 19, 2018, in Adrian, Michigan. MSU Extension educators, technicians, agency staff and engineers are encouraged to attend.

    Avoid large quantity water withdrawal fines and penalties

    Category: Crops

    by Michigan Farm Bureau

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    Unregistered water users have until September 28 to participate in the Unreported Large Quantity Withdrawal Initiative through the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

    2018 Bee Palooza scheduled

    Category: Crops

    by MSU

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    This is a free, fun and educational event to provide an afternoon of interactive activities centered on understanding the wonderful world of pollinators.

    Study: Farmers drop organic labels

    Category: Markets & Weather, Crops

    by Brian Wallheimer, Purdue University

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    Despite the boom in demand, the number of organic farms has declined from 14,540 in 2008 to 12,818 in 2015.

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  • Columns

    Breaking entry barriers for new farmers

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | May 23, 2018 

    Farming can be a capital-intense business and with land prices increasing and commodity prices decreasing it may appear impossible for individuals to enter into farming. However, we also know if we are to continue to have access to a safe and affordable food supply, we must have resources available to encourage the next generation of farmers.

     

     

    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.