Michigan Farm News
  • Powerlines laying across tractor – what do you do now?

    Category: Crops

    by Mlive/Farm News Media


    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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    Category: Crops

    by Farm News Media

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    Farm sector Working Capital at critical levels

    Category: Crops

    by Brent Gloy, Agricultural Economic Insights


    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.   

    Tribe seeks to set its own water standards

    Category: Crops

    by ANDREW BLOK, Capital News Service


    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.

    RMA approves corn as cover crop for silage - MFB continues pressing for earlier harvest date

    Category: Crops

    by Farm News Media


    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.

    Farmers Want to Know: When will the rain let up?

    Category: Crops

    by MSU Extension

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    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.

    Delayed planting meetings continue, MSUE launches new site for struggling farmers

    Category: Crops

    by MSUE/Farm News Media


    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.

    Follow these tips for planter-storage peace of mind

    Category: Crops

    by Case IH; Farm News Media


    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.

    Air quality casts pall over Michigan national parks, report says

    Category: Crops

    by ERIC FREEDMAN, Capital News Service


    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.


    USDA grants requested flexibility on Prevented Plant acres for emergency forage production

    Category: Crops

    by Farm News Media


    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.

    Gov. Whitmer requests USDA Disaster Declaration for Michigan farmers

    Category: Crops

    by Farm News Media

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    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.

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