Michigan Farm News

  • Revamped Dairy Margin Coverage worth a second look

    Category: Livestock

    by Farm News Media


    Despite the dismal track record of the original Margin Protection Program (MPP), changes made following the Bipartisan Budget Act in early 2018 made dramatic improvements to the 2014 Farm Bill “safety net” for U.S. dairy producers. The 2018 farm bill continues to build on those improvements under the new Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) while also allowing dairy farmers to fully utilize the Dairy Revenue Protection or Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy Cattle.

    Expect a reversal of previous mild winter forecasts

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Jeff Andresen, MSU Extension


    More seasonable, winter-like weather gradually returned to the Great Lakes region during mid-January following a prolonged spell of milder and drier than normal conditions that began back in early December.

    Climate study measures impact on corn yields

    Category: Crops

    by ERIC FREEDMAN - Capital News Service; Farm News Media


    A changing climate has contributed to higher corn yields in Michigan and other Corn Belt states, according to a new study. Researchers attribute 28 percent of the region’s higher crop yield since 1981 to trends toward overall warmer conditions, cooling of the hottest growing-season temperatures and farmers’ climate-related earlier planting and choice of longer-maturing varieties.

    Two Percent: A photo-essay about Tubergen Dairy in Ionia County

    Category: Livestock

    by Farm News Media


    Ryan Videtich refers to himself as a “Photographer. Storyteller. Michigander.” He recently used his talents to share the story of Tubergen Dairy, a 1300 cow dairy farm in Ionia County. Through his amazing images and well-thought out words, Ryan writes about the “Two Percent” of the population in our country doing all the farming.

    Farm Bureau Employees Donate Record $14,525 to Greater Lansing Food Bank

    Category: People

    by Farm Bureau Insurance


    The selflessness of the employees of the Michigan Farm Bureau Family of Companies was recognized when a check for $14,525 was presented to the Greater Lansing Food Bank on January 22, 2019.

    USDA to Reopen FSA Offices for Additional Services During Government Shutdown

    Category: Crops

    by USDA; Farm News Media


    U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Jan. 22 that all Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices nationwide will soon reopen to provide additional administrative services to farmers and ranchers during the lapse in federal funding. Certain FSA offices have been providing limited services for existing loans and tax documents since Jan.17 and will continue to do so through Jan. 23. Beginning Jan. 24, however, all FSA offices will open and offer a longer list of transactions it will accommodate.     

    Soybean acres expected to decline — but where?

    Category: Crops

    by Brent Gloy, Agricultural Economic Insights


    The combination of several years of outstanding crops and the trade dispute with China have pushed U.S. soybean stocks to record levels (and near record levels relative to use). The current planting situation is surrounded by a lot of uncertainty. A great deal of this uncertainty is related to trade and the ultimate level of soybean stocks. There is a general agreement that soybean acres will decline – but where?

    Eighty percent of consumers want FDA to end mislabeling of fake milk

    Category: Crops

    by Farm News Media


    With only six days to go before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) comment period on fake milk ends, new consumer research shows Americans widely disapprove of dairy terms being utilized for labeling of fake-milk products. Misleading labels are also creating consumer confusion on the nutritional content of milk versus plant-based imitators, offering further evidence that FDA must enforce long-existing standards of identity on dairy imposters.

    Nominations are open for the Saginaw Bay Agricultural Conservation Awards

    Category: People

    by The Nature Conservancy; Farm News Media


    Nominations for the annual Saginaw Bay Agricultural Conservation Awards are open.

    Loan reimbursement program brings needed obstetricians up north

    Category: Politics

    by MAXWELL EVANS, Capital News Service


    A Michigan loan reimbursement program is working to attract obstetricians to Northern Michigan, and while it’s been “beneficial,” there’s still a ways to go to address these rural areas’ needs, state and local health officials say. State officials are gearing up for the 2019 application period, which runs Feb. 4-8, and have issued a call for physician applicants.

    Spring turkey hunting application open until Feb. 1

    Category: Livestock

    by DNR


    Spring turkey application is open until Feb. 1, 2019. For interested hunters, apply online or anywhere hunting licenses are sold. Drawing results will be available online March 4.

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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.