Provided color development is not negatively affected and a timely harvest can be managed, the outlook is good for storability of ReTain-treated fruit.
The Michigan Potato Industry Commission MPIC) has partnered with Spartan-Nash stores and other Michigan retailers to promote and help raise awareness of locally grown potatoes, thanks to a nearly $100,000 USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant.
Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) has obtained a specialty crop block grant through
the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Marketing Service.
Governor Rick Snyder has announced a one new appointment and two reappointments to the Michigan Blueberry Commission (MBC) for 2019. Eric Jawor of Muskegon, a horticulture manager at Jawor Brothers Blueberries Inc, was newly appointed to represent District 1, replacing Jacob Clemons, whose term expires this year.
As the third - largest producer and exporter of sweet cherries in the world, U.S. producers have a lot at stake in the ongoing trade and retaliatory tariff dispute with China. With sales reaching in excess of $602 million in 2017, export volumes from the American sweet cherry producers represented approximately 18 percent of the global market.
Agriculture teachers help students become entrepreneurs and agriculturalists who will help shape the future of agriculture through development of skills, problem solving, and experiential learning. On Sept. 20, National Teach Ag Day celebrated these teachers and encourages students to consider a career in agricultural education.
In honor of this celebration, Michigan Farm Bureau is highlighting the eight Michigan FFA Chapters which received the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture’s #SpeakAgMichigan award in 2018. This award is given to chapters engaged in agricultural education and outreach activities in their communities.
Winning chapters set clear goals and worked with partnering organizations and teachers to deliver dynamic learning experiences for youth and adults. The 2018 #SpeakAgMichigan application deadline is Dec. 1, 2018.
Ubly County FFA Chapter was selected as the third place chapter for their elementary March is Reading Month and gardening outreach.
Average Michigan Apple harvest is about 25.2 million bushels per year.
New genomic information may lead to improvements for a traditional health food.
Aurora, Draper and Liberty, commercially released together in 2004, remain the most widely planted northern highbush blueberry varieties on Earth.
“Michigan farmers have raised concerns about the effectiveness of PACA in regard to recovery of payments from processors when there is a bankruptcy…”
SWD numbers are six times higher than in past years at this time during the season. Although trap numbers are down this week, be cautious with management decisions as rain, humidity and wet weather will likely stimulate SWD activity.
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.
The 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.
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.
Seasonably 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.
The 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.