Michigan Farm News
  • Case IH rolls out AFS Connect Magnum Series Tractors

    Category: Crops

    by Farm News Media

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    Case IH unveiled their new AFS Connect™ Magnum™ series tractors, at this week’s National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville. Jay Barth, Case IH Marketing Manager said the proven Magnum has evolved. “We’re unlocking a level of connectivity and remote viewing never seen before in a Magnum tractor. The Magnum you depend on and trust today is still there, but it has added capabilities that make your day easier. This is true integration of tractor and technology.”

    Avoid complacency in range-bound markets - be ready to lock in pricing opportunity

    Category: Crops

    by Dennis Rudat, Farm News Media


    While excitement in today’s range-bound commodity markets is understandably lackluster at best, Tyne Morgan, host of the U.S. Farm Report, says market analysts are advising farmers to do their homework to calculate their true break-even cost of production, while also keeping a vigilant eye on the Chicago Board of Trade. Morgan shared her observations from numerous market analyst interviews during the Michigan Farm Bureau’s Growing Together conference this past weekend. In developing an overall market-strategy for 2019, she said most analysts are advising producers to monitor their local basis and look for a profitable pricing opportunity.

    Is your farm accounting system helping you weather the storm?

    Category: Crops

    by Dennis Rudat, Farm News Media


    Assuming most farmers have already taken the obvious steps to reduce operating costs as many “experts” are quick to suggest, it’s also safe to assume many of those producers are now asking, “What else can be done to at least develop a break-even business plan for 2019?” While the question can be daunting, Chad Zagar, vice president and managing director of financial services at Greenstone Farm Credit Services, said the process of finding the right answer often hinges on the farm’s commitment to following a systematic accounting process.

    Federal Reserve Survey: ‘Dairy is the most stressed sector’

    Category: Crops

    by David Oppedahl | Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

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    Although 75 percent of bankers expect farmland values to be stable January through March, nearly all of the rest expected farmland values to move down, particularly in dairy country. Dairy operations continued to struggle, primarily in Michigan and Wisconsin, according to the Federal Reserve’s 7th District survey of ag lenders.

    ‘Bringing wine country to Detroit’ hindered by government shutdown

    Category: Crops

    by Mitch Galloway | Farm News Media

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    For a new metro-Detroit winery that “wants to bring wine country to Detroit,” Youngblood Winery’s path to the grape-growing business didn’t come without some snags, including most recently — the 35-day federal government shutdown. Youngblood’s couldn’t place labels on their wine bottles because the Alcohol and Tobacco and Trade Bureau couldn’t process the requests until the shutdown ceased.

    Joint venture of 2 Wisconsin-based companies to build Michigan soybean plant

    Category: Crops

    by Farm News Media

    Quality Roasting LLC-MFN-2019

    Michigan has scored another win for attracting value-added agricultural processing business to the state, after competing against potential sites in New York and Wisconsin. The Wisconsin-based Quality Roasting Inc. and the DeLong Co. Inc. announced plans on Thursday to construct a new soybean processing facility operating as Quality Roasting LLC in Tuscola County, near Reese.

    Great Lakes Hop and Barley Conference includes a beginners session

    Category: Crops

    by MSU Extension; Farm News Media


    If you’ve ever contemplated diversifying your farm enterprise by getting into hops or barley production to supply the states expanding craft beer breweries – you’re in luck! Michigan’s fifth annual Great Lakes Hop and Barley Conference, scheduled Feb. 28 – March 2, 2019, at the Park Place Hotel and Conference Center in Traverse City, will include an optional pre-conference “Introduction to Hop and Barley Production” session for beginners on Feb. 28.

    Don’t wait for the water to clear on FSMA water testing requirements

    Category: Crops

    by Phillip Tocco, MSU Extension; Farm News Media


    There is a lot of uncertainty among fresh produce growers with regards to the Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule water section, what needs to be done and when exactly things need to be done by. The uncertainty and lack of clarity, unfortunately extends beyond growers to the FDA – the very agency charged with implementation and enforcement.

    Soil Test Pro now integrates with Beck’s FARMserver® technology

    Category: Crops

    by Beck’s Hybrid; Farm News Media


    Beck’s Hybrids has partnered with TapLogic’s Soil Test Pro to provide seamless integration with FARMserver, Beck’s web-based tool for assisting farmers in implementing precision ag strategies. With the Soil Test Pro’s sampling app integration, FARMserver users can easily pull soil samples, send those samples to the lab of their choice and receive results within three to five days. Users can easily connect their Soil Test Pro data to their FARMserver account, housing all the information collected from the farm into one secure place.


    New program to help reimburse Michigan farmers who improve soil testing, nutrient application in Western Lake Erie watershed

    Category: Crops

    by MDARD; Farm News Media


    A new program will provide reimbursement to farmers near the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB) who improve soil testing and nutrient application. Soil Testing to Reduce Agriculture Nutrient Delivery (STRAND), a partnership between the Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB), the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) and 14 other organizations, will help farmers make informed decisions about nutrient applications to cropland based on soil testing

    Deciphering 2018 Farm Bill program yield updates

    Category: Crops

    by Jim Hilker, MSU Ag Economist, Dept. of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics


    We don’t know all the specifics of the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill), and it will likely be a while before the USDA is ready to begin the signup period for choosing either the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs.  But we do know for sure that producers will have the option to update program yields for PLC. 

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    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.