Michigan Farm News

  • Reducing costs and improving profits for wheat growers

    Category: Crops

    by Dennis Pennington and Martin Nagelkirk, Michigan State University Extension


    Follow these suggestions to reduce variable cash expenses for wheat production and add value to the enterprise or rotation.

    The right mix: Sugar beet juice, salt duo could help Michiganders, farmers

    Category: Technology

    by Mitch Galloway | Farm News Media


    State sugar beet growers say they can supply enough juice to spray all of the roads in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. SB 379 passed by the Senate, 34-2, on Tuesday would require the Michigan Department of Transporation (MDOT) to implement a pilot program “on the use of organic additives to control ice on public roads, highways, and bridges.”

    Dairy producers get 7-day extension for DMC enrollment

    Category: Livestock

    by USDA; Farm News Media


    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended the deadline to Sept. 27 for dairy producers to enroll in the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program for 2019. The deadline had been Sept. 20.

    Former agriculture secretaries announce support for USMCA

    Category: Politics

    by USDA


    All former U.S. Secretaries of Agriculture since President Reagan’s Administration announced support this week for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

    Use caution when selecting cover crops for SCN-infested fields

    Category: Crops

    by SCN Coalition; Farm News Media


    There are plenty of agronomic incentives to plant cover crops. But for fields infested with soybean cyst nematode (SCN), a word of caution — don’t feed the nematodes when making cover crop decisions. Researchers from The SCN Coalition have compiled a list of cover crops, based on the results of checkoff-funded research by Iowa State University and North Dakota State University, that are suitable to grow in SCN- infested fields without fear of providing a host for the nematode.

    5 generations of farmers and counting — Mason farm dates back to 1861

    Category: Crops

    by Consumers Energy


    Farming is in the Cheney family’s blood. It has been for five generations -- with no signs of slowing down anytime soon.  The 2,800-acre Mason farm grows corn, soybeans and sunflowers. It also has been home to a handful of Cheney families dating back to 1861. Dave Cheney, the farm’s current owner, is proud of his farming heritage and plans on passing the torch to his nephew.

    Farm News Five: China plans to lift tariffs on U.S. pork, soybeans

    Category: Farm News Five

    by Farm News Media

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    This week on Farm News Five: China announces plans to lift tariffs on U.S. pork, welcome news to members of the Michigan Pork Producers Association. Michigan State University Extension says producers can earn up to $19 more per acre by managing harvest losses.

    ARC-CO vs. PLC: Which option won in the 2014 Farm Bill?

    Category: Crops

    by David Widmar, Agricultural Economic Insights


    As producers begin thinking about their 2018 Farm Bill election (ARC vs. PLC), it can be helpful to reflect on the 2014 Farm Bill and how those decisions played out. Specifically, which program- ARC-CO or PLC- had the highest payout?  Using date from the USDA’s FSA reports, and Kansas State University’s AgManager.info estimates, Agricultural Economic Insights calculated county-level estimates for the corn, soybean, and wheat programs. The results might surprise you…

    MFB Redistricting: Impact on Elections at Annual Meeting

    Category: Politics

    by Michigan Farm Bureau

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    MFB’s redistricting plan will make for some shuffling on the organization’s board of directors, and so will impact district meetings and elections at the 2019 annual meeting, Dec. 3-5 in Grand Rapids.

    LMC’s Welch Center — recognizing tremendous potential for wine quality, growth

    Category: Crops

    by Mitch Galloway | Farm News Media


    A college-affiliated winery? Check. Tasting room? Check. Hands-on experience covering all aspects of winemaking? Check. At Lake Michigan College’s new Wine & Viticulture Technology Center, dubbed the Welch Center after longtime supporters Mike and Lisa Welch, students can check all of the above.

    Beat compaction this fall to move moisture next spring

    Category: Technology

    by Case IH


    In years of excess moisture, such as 2019, locating and breaking up hardpan during postharvest tillage will be important to help improve moisture management heading into next year and beyond.

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