Despite the dismal track record of the original Margin Protection Program (MPP), changes made following the Bipartisan Budget Act in early 2018 made dramatic improvements to the 2014 Farm Bill “safety net” for U.S. dairy producers. The 2018 farm bill continues to build on those improvements under the new Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) while also allowing dairy farmers to fully utilize the Dairy Revenue Protection or Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy Cattle.
The combination of several years of outstanding crops and the trade dispute with China have pushed U.S. soybean stocks to record levels (and near record levels relative to use). The current planting situation is surrounded by a lot of uncertainty. A great deal of this uncertainty is related to trade and the ultimate level of soybean stocks. There is a general agreement that soybean acres will decline – but where?
With only six days to go before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) comment period on fake milk ends, new consumer research shows Americans widely disapprove of dairy terms being utilized for labeling of fake-milk products. Misleading labels are also creating consumer confusion on the nutritional content of milk versus plant-based imitators, offering further evidence that FDA must enforce long-existing standards of identity on dairy imposters.
Nominations for the annual Saginaw Bay Agricultural Conservation Awards are open.
A Michigan loan reimbursement program is working to attract obstetricians to Northern Michigan, and while it’s been “beneficial,” there’s still a ways to go to address these rural areas’ needs, state and local health officials say. State officials are gearing up for the 2019 application period, which runs Feb. 4-8, and have issued a call for physician applicants.
Spring turkey application is open until Feb. 1, 2019. For interested hunters, apply online or anywhere hunting licenses are sold. Drawing results will be available online March 4.
The 2019 Farm Women’s Symposium will be held in SW Michigan’s Benton Harbor (Hilton Garden Inn) on March 6-8. This event is an excellent opportunity for women involved in agriculture to learn, develop valuable networks, renew friendships and provide inspiration for another year in the farming world.
The GreenStone Farm Credit Services’ board of directors has approved the allocation of $82 million of patronage to be returned to its member-owners on March 14, 2019. This record-level of patronage, more than 60 percent increase over last year, brings total patronage payments to $400 million since 2005. GreenStone members are invited to visit their local branch on March 14 to participate in the Patronage Day celebration.
The Michigan Potato Industry Commission MPIC) has partnered with Spartan-Nash stores and other Michigan retailers to promote and help raise awareness of locally grown potatoes, thanks to a nearly $100,000 USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant.
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The trusted fungicide for disease control in corn and soybeans has gained approval for wheat production from EPA. According to Arysta LifeSciences application trials at Feekes 2–5, provide a 4 bu/A yield increase over non-treated fields. Similar application trials at flag
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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.