Michigan Farm News
  • Jury awards nearly $218 million to Kansas farmers

    Category: People

    by Seed World

    shelling corn

    The other certified state class action lawsuits involve Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio and South Dakota corn producers. Numerous other state class action lawsuits in this matter are awaiting certification.

    Evaluating flooded crops: Remove debris, drain water, then wait

    Category: Crops

    by Marilyn Thelen, MSUE

    flooded crops

    This is Part 2 of a three part series on field assessment of corn and soybeans when they have been impacted by flooding, hail and wind.

    Michigan releases EnviroImpact nutrient management tool

    Category: Crops

    by MSU

    impact tool msu

    This online, mobile-friendly tool helps farmers assess their risk of possible runoff as they develop their manure spreading schedules.

    When the water recedes…

    Category: Crops

    by Mike Staton, Michigan State University Extension

    flooded beans

    If areas are waterlogged for two days, yield losses may be minimal. However, waterlogged conditions lasting for four days can cause significant yield reductions.

    Farm State Senators to USTR: On NAFTA, “Do No Harm.”

    Category: Politics

    by Keith Good, Social Media Manager, farmdoc project, University of Illinois

    Corn Exports

    The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing yesterday to examine the administration’s approach to trade policy, and heard testimony from U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

    2017 prevented planting acres close to 20-year average

    Category: Crops

    by John Newton, Ph.D. Director, Market Intelligence, American Farm Bureau Federation

    WLEB Crops 2017

    Excessive rainfall in early to mid-April delayed corn plantings, and then unfavorable growing conditions led to a larger than average percentage of the corn and soybean crops in poor to very poor conditions.

    Aerial stem rot, blackleg and tuber soft disease found in Michigan potato fields

    Category: Crops

    by Noah Rosenzweig, Saltanat Mambetova, Paula Somohano and Chris Long; Michigan State University Extension, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences


    Similar to the past two years, aerial stem rot, blackleg and tuber soft rot of potato have been found in Michigan fields again this year.

    Anticipating the June 1 corn stocks estimate

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Todd Hubbs, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics University of Illinois

    field corn

    USDA's release of the Quarterly Grain Stocks report on June 30 will provide an estimate of corn stocks in storage as of June 1, 2017.

    Double cropping soybeans in Michigan? “If June is dry, do not try”

    Category: Crops

    by Mike Staton, Michigan State University Extension

    double crop soybean

    Planting double crop soybeans is not recommended in Michigan due to the high risk associated with this practice.

    Identifying manganese deficiency in Michigan soybeans

    Category: Crops

    by Mike Staton, Michigan State University Extension

    bad beans

    Manganese deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency seen in Michigan soybeans.

    Asmark, AGCO open training center for beginning applicators

    Category: Crops


    AGCO Corporation and the Asmark Institute have collaborated to open a new specially designed Applicator Training Center in Bloomington, Ill.

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  • Columns

    Dairy: an unenviable position

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | June 6, 2017 

    Ben SpitzleyThe dairy industry is facing a challenging time, a cyclical downturn that’s lasted longer than in previous cycles, and is expected to continue for at least the near-term.

    Challenges and opportunities for young, beginning and small farmers

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | May 3, 2017 

    Ashley Den DulkFarming is a challenging undertaking, with long days that start early and are filled with physical demands from running the tractor to calving cows to fixing equipment to repairing fence posts.

    Create a gun trust

    Law of the Land

    Varnum LLP | May 3, 2017 

    Reisner 2I am frequently asked "what is a gun trust and when should I create one?" The short answer is that gun trusts are created primarily to acquire, possess and use firearms regulated by the National Firearms Act of 1934 (the NFA).

    Important considerations for capital investments

    Dollars and Sense

    GreenStone FCS | April 24, 2017 

     Leo PaschFor many farmers, it seems hardly a year goes by without some form of capital investment, whether in equipment, facilities, livestock or land.

    What's the status of WOTUS?

    Law of the Land

    Varnum LLP | April 3, 2017 

     PhelpsThe EPA and Army Corps had been without a valid WOTUS definition for some time.