Michigan Farm News
  • Where the Buffalo roam and buffer strips work

    Category: Livestock

    by By Savannah Halleaux, Michigan Farm Service Agency


    In its 30th year of business, Circle K Ranch is home to over 250 head of American plains and Canadian woods bison, or commonly called buffalo, providing meat to about 30 restaurants and health food stores across the state, while ensuring cleaner water flows downstream.

    U.S. Beef Gains New Market Access in Morocco

    Category: Livestock

    by USDA; Farm News Media


    As of November 2018, U.S. exports of agricultural products to Morocco exceeded $512 million. Initial estimates indicate that Morocco would be an $80 million market for U.S. beef and beef products. Morocco had prohibited imports of U.S. beef. 


    Branch County Farm Bureau’s Brian Pridgeon on Michigan GROWN Michigan GREAT podcast

    Category: Livestock

    by Michigan GROWN, Michigan GREAT


    Branch County Farm Bureau’s Brian Pridgeon of Pridgeon Farms talks about farming and much more on a recent podcast with MI Grown MI Great’s Carla Wardin, including technology their using on the farm to prevent farmer fatigue, the connection between a master’s degree in communications and raising pigs, and what he’d do for a career if he wasn’t a farmer.

    Michigan farmers host bloggers on the ‘2018 Pass the Pork 2.0 – a deeper dive Into #RealPigFarming’

    Category: Livestock

    by Farm News Media

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    15 bloggers took a tour through Michigan to get an even deeper dive into pig farming through the Real Pig Farming’s “2018 Pass the Pork 2.0” tour. .

    Farmers say more protein competitors means less consumption of turkey in 2018

    Category: Livestock

    by Mitch Galloway | Farm News Media


    Farmers say more protein competitors means less consumption of turkey in 2018

    Is milking 2X or 3X more profitable in today’s dairy economy?

    Category: Livestock

    by Faith Cullens, Michigan State University Extension; Farm News Media


    Times are tough in the dairy industry. Margins are slim and labor is short. Many farms are considering cutting out the third milking shift in an effort to save money on labor, but is this the best financial decision for the dairy?

    Will Beef Quality Assurance affect dairy farmers?

    Category: Livestock

    by Phil Durst, Michigan State University Extension; Farm News Media


    Beef Quality Assurance has become a market access requirement for beef producers. But do dairy producers need to become certified in order to continue sending cattle for harvest?

    Will pork industry have a better 2019?

    Category: Livestock

    by Chris Hurt, Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University


    Trade conflicts have limited U.S. pork sales in China and Mexico beginning last summer. Pork export volume to China is down 19 percent for this calendar year and most of the decrease has been since the summer when Chinese tariffs on U.S. pork were put in place. What are the economic factors that higher prices might actually materialize in 2019?

    Wineland named new state veterinarian

    Category: Livestock

    by Mitch Galloway, Farm News Media

    Dr. Nora Wineland accepts Michigan state vet position, ready to solve ‘challenges’ in animal industry.

    Financial conditions for cow-calf production moderate

    Category: Livestock

    by David A. Widmar, Ag Economic Insights; Farm News Media


    After record returns during the farm economy boom, recent cow-calf financial conditions have been dominated by declining revenues & slow-to-adjust expenses.

    University research demonstrates increased starch digestibility and energy availability with Enogen Feed silage

    Category: Livestock

    by Syngenta; Farm News Media


    Profitability in dairy production requires managing inputs and increasing efficiency regardless of milk price. University research has shown that one opportunity to improve profit potential is through rations with more available energy.

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  • Columns

    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.