Mlive recently reported about a tractor encounter with a power pole and lines in a field while tilling. With the lines laying across the tractor, the operator knew enough to stay in the tractor until rescue workers determined it was safe to leave it.
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Ag sector level working capital, one of the most straightforward and useful indicators of farm sector financial conditions, has been on the decline since 2012. The declines in working capital are stark. It is projected to fall by 25% from 2018 to 2019. This is on the heels of a 30% decline from 2017 to 2018. Compared to 2014, the current level of working capital is just 31% of the value achieved in 2014 and only 23% of the high achieved in 2012.
The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, on the shores of one of the world’s largest freshwater lakes, is petitioning the federal government to hand it control of setting water quality standards.
Corn can be considered a cover crop as long as it’s used for silage and approved by an “ag expert.” The news Monday from the USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) will help livestock producers who are struggling to grow and/or source cover crops in the state. This decision comes just days after the RMA granted farmers the ability to hay, graze or chop desperately needed forages grown on prevented plant fields starting Sept. 1, a full two months earlier than the previous Nov. 1 date restriction.
When will the cool, wet weather end? MSU agricultural meteorologist Jeff Andresen gives insight on recent weather and predictions for the rest of the summer. He touches on when we can expect the rain to decrease and when we might finally start experiencing some warmer temperatures.
Two delayed and prevented planting meetings are scheduled this week, one in Clinton County and one in Misaukee County. Each event is hosted by Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) and Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB). Additionally, MSUE has launched a new website to meet the ever-changing needs and circumstances of farmers struggling with this years weather-related situation.
In many parts of the country, this planting season provided a great reminder about how easily windows for fieldwork open and close. If — rather than spending a day or two preparing your planter — you’d prefer to be in the field planting next spring, take the time now to properly store your planter.
Summer vacation season is upon us, with camping, hiking and other outdoor activities. For some of us, that means visiting remote locations in the Great Lakes region, such as Isle Royale National Park, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
Farmers reeling from one of Michigan’s wettest periods on record are now permitted to hay, graze or chop prevented plant fields earlier than Nov. 1. The announcement Thursday from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is welcome news to Michigan farmers who’ve only had 3.5 days of proper fieldwork conditions since June 9. According to the USDA’s Risk Management Agency, the 2019 final haying and grazing date changed from Nov. 1 to Sept. 1 because flooding and excess rainfall affected farmers this spring.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer sent a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Wed., requesting a USDA Secretarial Disaster Designation for the State of Michigan and added flexibility under the Federal Crop Insurance Program and the recent disaster legislation passed by Congress. This letter comes as a result of the overwhelming challenges Michigan farmers are facing during one of the wettest weather periods on record.