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  • Proposed Siting GAAMP revisions draw fire

    Category: Politics

    by Farm News Media

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    Although the book has officially closed on the public comment period to proposed revisions of the state’s Right to Farm Act’s Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices (GAAMPs), the drama and challenges specifically to proposed revisions of Michigan’s Siting guidelines, calling for removal of any zoning conformance will likely continue.

    Fire blight survey—your feedback is needed

    Category: Crops

    by George Sundin, MSU Extension; Farm News Media

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    If you’re an apple farmer, take a short survey about fire blight on your farm to help MSU researchers address and improve fire blight disease management.

    Weekly Grain Transportation Report - Lost soy exports add up fast

    Category: Crops

    by USDA

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    For the week ending Nov. 8, total inspections of grain (corn, wheat, and soybeans) for export from all major U.S. export regions reached 2.82 million metric tons (mmt); down 3 percent from the previous week, 5 percent from last year, and 18 percent from the 3-year average.

    Farm News Five: AgHelp

    Category: Farm News Five

    by Farm News Media

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    We're looking at a new app to help Michigan farmers find farm labor this week on Farm News Five .

    Trends in corn & soybean chemical expenses

    Category: Crops

    by David A. Widmar, Agricultural Economic Insights

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    The USDA’s ERS publishes national cost of production data for corn and soybeans. Data used for this week’s posts were reported as “chemical expense.” Admittedly, this is a broad category. Furthermore, these data are a national average.

    Michigan pork producers react to Clemens Food Group facility

    Category: Livestock

    by Mitch Galloway | Farm News Media

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    Pork producers in Southwest Michigan affected by new Clemens Food Group facility in Branch County.

    Let’s talk turkey: 2018 Thanksgiving dinner price survey

    Category: Livestock

    by AFBF, Farm News Media

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    Have you bought your turkey and all the fixings yet? When you do, you’ll be glad to find the overall price of your holiday meal has dropped for the third year in a row. The American Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Thanksgiving Market Basket Survey, now in it’s 33rd consecutive year, puts the cost to feed your 10 guests at $48.90.

    DRP covers nearly 3 billion pounds in first month

    Category: Livestock

    by Farm News Media

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    Since Dairy Revenue Protection (DRP) was first made available Oct. 9, USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) is reporting that 673 policies covering more than 200 endorsements, which are quarters covered on a policy, were purchased by dairy farmers.

    Fertilizer prices trending higher

    Category: Crops

    by David Widmar, Agricultural Economic Insights; Farm News Media

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    Given current soybean prices, many producers will consider planting additional acres of corn, wheat, and cotton in 2019. While final spring 2019 planting decisions are months away, fertilizer, and especially nitrogen, are a significant share of the crop budgets for these crops.

    The Anderson Inc. uses bin rescue training as prevention exercise

    Category: Technology

    by Farm News Media

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    The Anderson Inc. uses bin rescue training to help first responders.

     

    Time to unify in support of American agriculture

    Category: People

    by American Farm Bureau

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    When the new Congress is sworn in and gets to work, Farm Bureau will be working to educate the new members about the issues that impact our ability to sustain our farms and ranches.

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    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.

    Uncovering the Drivers of Profitability on your Farm

    As we continue another harvest with low commodity prices, most producers are wondering where to look next to maximize their profitability. In most cases, the low-hanging fruit of expense cutting has been done. Finding those areas where additional gains can be realized requires more insight and evaluation of your business.