Michigan Farm News

  • Proposed cause, a potential cure for CWD has university researcher, MDNR and other experts at odds

    Category: Livestock

    by Mitch Galloway | Farm News Media


    One researcher’s work on a possible cure for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is stirring up controversy in the scientific community and amongst wildlife enthusiasts.

    Michigan Dairy Farmers Donate Coolers to Area Food Pantries Help Families Get More Fresh Milk

    Category: Livestock

    by UDIM; Farm News Media


    Greater Lansing food pantries can now provide more fresh milk to their clients thanks to the new milk cooler donated by the United Dairy Industry of Michigan (UDIM). UDIM donated milk coolers to the Greater Lansing Food Bank (GLFB) last month, which distributed them to 10 of its partner agencies.

    U.S. Customs intercepts shipment of illegal China pork products

    Category: Livestock

    by USDA; Farm News Media


    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) intercepted a large shipment of illegal pork products from China before it could enter the United States. The contraband shipment, which will be safely and securely destroyed in accordance with U.S. government policy, reportedly contained products derived from pork, such as flavorings in ramen noodles, and did not include fresh meat.

    Corteva partners with Drone Deploy

    Category: Technology

    by Corteva; Farm News Media

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    Corteva partners with Drone Deploy.

    Upton visits with Van Buren County Farm Bureau during Ag Week

    Category: People

    by Farm News Media


    In celebration of National Agriculture Week, March 10 to March 16, U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, hosted a roundtable discussion with farmers in Paw Paw.

    Succession Planning Part 2: When creating a succession plan, farmers should think of ‘breaking the farm apart’

    Category: People, Crops

    by Mitch Galloway | Farm News Media


    Michigan farmers Nicole and Rafe Ward discuss their journey from farmhands to operators of a Midland County apple orchard.

    Granular expands relationship with John Deere

    Category: Crops

    by Farm News Media

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    The newest development from the ongoing John Deere-Granular product development and marketing collaboration is Profit Maps, now available to producers through the John Deere Operations Center. Profit Maps is a free tool to help farmers view average cost, revenue and profit map layers at the sub-field level in the Operations Center.

    Harley Janssen, product manager with Granular, says Profit Maps combines the power of machine and production data with Granular's business management capabilities to help farmers more quickly and easily view field-level profitability.

    To learn more about Granular, visit: https://granular.ag/granular-insights/

    Governor chooses Farm Bureau members for industry committees

    Category: Politics

    by Michigan Farm Bureau


    Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently announced the reappointment of five Farm Bureau members to the Michigan Corn Marketing Program Committee and Michigan Cherry Committee.

    Gratiot County teacher named agriculture educator of the year

    Category: People

    by Amelia Miller


    During National Agriculture Week, March 11-15, Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) announced Jeremy Winsor of Fulton Middle/High School in Middleton as it’s educator of the year.

    USDA strengthens partnerships and protections to keep African Swine Fever out of the country

    Category: Livestock

    by USDA


    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced in March additional steps to keep African swine fever (ASF) from entering the United States, even as the disease spreads internationally.

    Weather outlook? A roll of the dice for Spring

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Jeff Andresen, Extension Agricultural Meteorologist, Michigan State University


    Persistent upper air troughing across western and central sections of the continental USA led to a very active southwest to northeast storm track through the Midwest during late February and early March. Many of the low pressure systems associated with the pattern passed through Michigan, with southern and eastern sections of the state on the relatively warm side of the storms and northwestern sections of the state on the cold side.

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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.

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