Michigan Farm News
  • AgroExpo’s ‘fresh start’ deemed a success

    Category: Technology

    by Paul W. Jackson

    chopper crowd agro expo mfn 2017

    Focused on production agriculture, the show brought in an estimated 2,050 people over the two days, and exhibitors and vendors numbered 120, a bit bigger than last year’s 100.

    Lake Erie basin farmers invited to soybean, cover crop field day

    Category: Crops

    by Ned Birkey, Spartan Ag

    Green Soybeans

    If farmers can reduce phosphorus runoff by one pound per acre, it will help reduce the amount going into Lake Erie and be significant environmentally.

    Organic certification cost-share more accessible

    Category: Crops

    by FSA

    organic msu farm mfn 2017

    The program provides cost-share assistance to producers and handlers of agricultural products who are obtaining or renewing their certification under the National Organic Program (NOP).

    Get back to your roots at Ag PhD Learning Center

    Category: Crops

    by Jerry L. Wilhm, Ph.D. - AgroLiquid Senior Research Manager

    AGRO Roots

    AgroExpo will give growers a closer look at corn at various stages of growth, and between with no applied fertilizer, 5 gallons, and 10 gallons in-furrow.

    USDA predicts big corn and soybean crop – markets take a dive

    Category: Crops

    by AFBF, John Newton, Farm News Media

    corn stalk mfn 2017

    USDA threw the commodity markets a curve ball with today’s Crop Production Report

    Evaluating conservation programs

    Category: Politics

    by Farm News Media

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    Nearly four years after consolidation of conservation programs in the 2014 Farm Bill, it’s time to revisit what the programs will look like in the 2018 Farm Bill.

    Dow, Arcadia to commercialize wheat quality trait

    Category: Technology

    by Seed World

    wheat and blue sky

    The collaboration leverages Arcadia’s non-GM TILLING trait development platform with Dow AgroSciences’ enabling technology platforms, high-quality germplasm and global commercial channels.

    USDA to study crop production practices

    Category: Crops

    by USDA

    spraying soybeans mfn 2017

    “Conservation programs, price support programs, risk management programs, research programs – you name it. All of them rely on information generated through this survey.

    Check trees for signs of invasive Asian longhorned beetle

    Category: Crops

    by MDNR

    asian long horned beetle mfn 2017

    Like the emerald ash borer, the Asian longhorned beetle spends most of its life cycle eating its way through the insides of trees.

    State bee colonies up 16 percent

    Category: Crops

    by NASS

    honeybee closeup

    Varroa mites were the primary stressor for operations with five or more colonies during four of the past five quarters.

    Scout now for stink bugs - population and threats are growing

    Category: Crops

    by Julianna Wilson, MSU Department of Entomology

    stink bug mfn 2017

    Fruit and vegetable growers across the southern Lower Peninsula should be scouting and preparing to actively manage for brown marmorated stink bugs this season.

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  • Columns

    Tips to prepare now for H-2A next year

    Law of the Land

    Varnum LLP | July 6, 2017 

    Kimberly Clark pngAs more employers plan to use the H-2A program, completing the following items this year will make an easier transition to H-2A employment.
     

    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.