Although the book has officially closed on the public comment period to proposed revisions of the state’s Right to Farm Act’s Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices (GAAMPs), the drama and challenges specifically to proposed revisions of Michigan’s Siting guidelines, calling for removal of any zoning conformance will likely continue.
Policies are ready for consideration, topics are waiting to be discussed, and awards are prepped to be handed be handed out to educators, legislators and Farm Bureau members at the 99th Annual Meeting of the Michigan Farm Bureau, taking place Nov. 27-29 at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and DeVos Place, in Grand Rapids MI. Celebrating the organization’s “Bold History/Bright Future”, the event will define the organization’s 2019 agenda and offer members an opportunity to reflect upon their accomplishments over the prior year.
University of Wisconsin–Madison’s “Bucky’s Tuition Promise” is receiving a lot of attention, particularly from dairy farmers in that state, struggling with three-years of a challenging dairy economy. UW–Madison pledges to cover four years of tuition and segregated fees for any incoming freshman from Wisconsin whose family’s annual household adjusted gross income is $56,000 or less, roughly the median family income in Wisconsin.
Widespread incidence of corn tar pot in southwest Michigan fields are being reported this fall causing harvest complications and yield losses as high as 40 bushels per acre.
U.S. soybean production is forecast to be a record 4.6 billion bushels, following 2017’s record-setting 4.4 billion bushels, continuing a five-year trend of record production. The area harvested was lowered slightly to 88.3 million acres, with a 52.1 bu/A average yield predicted.
With the current economic and trade conditions, strategizing to maintain financial health provides peace of mind in uncertain times. If you don’t have a financial trend analysis that includes a five year history of your liquidity ratios, now might be a good time.
Four exemplary young farmers will be honored for their achievements Nov. 27 at Michigan Farm Bureau’s (MFB) 2018 Annual Meeting. First named during National Agri- culture Week in March, this year’s recipients of MFB’s Young Farmer Awards will be recognized one last time for their outstanding accomplishments in four award categories.
Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) has obtained a specialty crop block grant through
the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Marketing Service.
MSU quarterly milk and grain marketing meeting series offers strategies to optimize farm profitability.
If you’re an apple farmer, take a short survey about fire blight on your farm to help MSU researchers address and improve fire blight disease management.
For the week ending Nov. 8, total inspections of grain (corn, wheat, and soybeans) for export from all major U.S. export regions reached 2.82 million metric tons (mmt); down 3 percent from the previous week, 5 percent from last year, and 18 percent from the 3-year average.
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.