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.
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.
The majority of issues are in corn, especially no-till, although I confirmed several damaged soybean fields in northern Indiana.
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.
All prices for major nutrients declined since 2013.
Faba is known to be one of the most powerful nitrogen fixers.
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
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.
Unregistered water users have until September 28 to participate in the Unreported Large Quantity Withdrawal Initiative through the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
This is a free, fun and educational event to provide an afternoon of interactive activities centered on understanding the wonderful world of pollinators.
Despite the boom in demand, the number of organic farms has declined from 14,540 in 2008 to 12,818 in 2015.
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.
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.
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?
Financial benchmarks provide farmers key insights into how their operation is performing financially and help identify areas for improvement.
In today’s challenging economic times, it is more important than ever to monitor the operational efficiency of your operation.