Michigan Farm News
  • Drying and storing wet soybeans this fall?

    Category: Technology

    by Michael Staton, Michigan State University Extension; Farm News Media


    Careful management when drying and storing soybeans is essential to maximizing farm income.

    Romaine lettuce outbreak creates ‘opportunity’ for one West Michigan aquaponics operation

    Category: Crops

    by MITCH GALLOWAY | Farm News Media


    Multiple romaine lettuce recalls in 2018 has led to more sales at a West Michigan aquaponics operation.

    MPIC Elects New Leadership

    Category: Crops

    by Nathan Chesher, Michigan Potato Industry Commission


    The Michigan Potato Industry Commission has announced new leadership for 2019 following recent elections. Otsego County Farm Bureau member and potato seed-stock grower Ben Sklarczyk has been elected as chairman and Matt Wilkes as vice chairman.


    MSU offers online series for new farmers

    Category: Crops

    by James Isleib, MSU Extension


    Whether you’re just getting started or considering a new ag enterprise, this convenient and affordable online MSU program is designed to provide an overview of potential farm enterprises and required business skills.

    USDA announces Primary Natural Disaster areas in Michigan

    Category: Crops

    by USDA


    Following USDA designation of Allegan and Ottawa Counties as primary natural disaster areas, producers in the contiguous counties of Barry, Kalamazoo, Kent, Muskegon, and Van Buren are also eligible to apply for emergency loans. The deadline to apply for these emergency loans is July 23, 2019.  FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.

    This year’s field trials presented at 5 Winter Ag Reviews, Dec. 7 – 17

    Category: Crops

    by Philip Kaatz, MSU Extension; Farm News Media


    Hear the results of Michigan State University Extension field trails at five different Winter Ag Reviews throughout December to get practical, unbiased, science-based information and useful management information for your farm.

    Despite MFP payments, 2018 net farm income to hit 16-year low

    Category: Crops

    by Brent Gloy, Agricultural Economic Insights; Farm News Media


    In many respects, the Economic Research Service’s latest net farm income update didn’t provide much new information. Rather, it only provided further confirmation of what almost everyone in agriculture already knows: The farm economy is not good. Despite ERS’s estimate that the U.S. will make $4.6 billion in market facilitation program (MFP) payments, net farm income is still forecast to fall 12 percent from 2017 to 2018.

    In season tissue sampling reveals deficiencies

    Category: Crops

    by Farm News Media


    Farmers submitted over 42,000 tissue samples this year, contributing to more than 475,000 data points in WinField’s NutriSolutions® system.

    The data shows that crops likely could benefit from fertilization adjustments made in-season, particularly micronutrients and macronutrients considered key to early crop development, rigorous growth and greater return on investment potential for farmers.

    Post-harvest maintenance – don’t forget the yield monitors

    Category: Crops

    by John Fulton, Associate Professor, Research, Extension and Teaching, Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, The Ohio State University; Farm News Media


    Quality yield datum is important today so properly cleaning and maintaining yield monitor components such as the moisture and mass flow/volumetric sensors are important. The buildup of debris or warn parts will lead to inaccurate measurements by these sensors. 

    Consider nutrient removal rates by actual yield data

    Category: Crops

    by George Silva, Michigan State University Extension; Farm News Media


    With the 2018 harvest season nearly complete, now is a great time to recognize the amount of nutrients that were removed from your fields based on actual yield data, particularly the three major macronutrients: nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K).

    Planted wheat acres come up short in Michigan

    Category: Crops

    by Jim Hilker, Michigan State University Ag Economist


    The September Small Grains Summary released September 28 was the final projection until the January Final 2018 Crop Production Report is released (U.S. projections can be seen in Table 2). Wheat use in 2018-19 was increased 7 million bushels, as planted acres for 2019 is projected to increase.

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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.