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  • Proposed Siting GAAMP revisions draw fire

    Category: Politics

    by Farm News Media

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    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.

    Michigan Farm Bureau’s 99th annual meeting Nov. 27-29

    Category: Politics

    by Farm News Media

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    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.

    UW-Madison’s “Bucky’s Tuition Promise” should appeal to state’s dairy farm families

    Category: Livestock

    by Farm News Media

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    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.

    Tar spot on the rise in Michigan, and causing stalk lodging and yield losses

    Category: Crops

    by Bruce MacKellar, MSU Extension; Farm News Media

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    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. 

     

    Expected 2018 soybean yield another record-setter

    Category: Crops

    by Jim Hilker, Michigan State University Ag Economist

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    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.

     

    Farm financial metrics by age

    Category: Crops

    by Bradley Zwilling, Brandy Biros, and Dwight Raab, Illinois FBFM Association and Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics University of Illinois

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    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.

    Young Farmers to be honored

    Category: People

    by Farm News Media

    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.

     

    Funds from Specialty Crop Block Grant to help gauge size of Michigan’s horticulture industry

    Category: Fruits & Vegetables

    by Farm News Media

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    The Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) has obtained a specialty crop block grant through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Marketing Service.

     

    Grain and milk markets series to focus on challenges in 2019

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Paul Gross, Michigan State University Extension; Farm News Media

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    MSU quarterly milk and grain marketing meeting series offers strategies to optimize farm profitability.

    Fire blight survey—your feedback is needed

    Category: Crops

    by George Sundin, MSU Extension; Farm News Media

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    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.

    Weekly Grain Transportation Report - Lost soy exports add up fast

    Category: Crops

    by USDA

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    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.

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    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.