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    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Chris Betz, Michigan Ag Commodities

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    12 billion reasons for the EU to exclude ag in trade negotiations

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Dennis Rudat | Farm News Media


    If you’re confused by the European Union’s (EU) insistence to exclude agriculture in any upcoming trade negotiations with the U.S., allegedly because of sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) concerns — don’t be. Just heed the sage advice and follow the money.

    Cover crop acreage up 50% nationally; 54% in Michigan over 5 years

    Category: Livestock, Opinion, Technology, Markets & Weather, Crops, Politics

    by USDA; Farm News Media


    Adoption of cover crops as a key soil health practice continues at a rapid rate throughout the country, according to new data from the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Cover crops were planted on 15.4 million acres in 2017, an increase of 50% over five years, the census shows. According to MFB Field Crops Specialist Theresa Sisung, Michigan farmers were just slightly over the national average, boosting cover crops acres by 54% over the same period to 673,205 acres.

    Warmer-than-normal 2019 growing-season expected

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Jeff Andresen | Michigan State University


    An unsettled but seasonably warm weather pattern developed across the Great Lakes during early April with the development of a mostly west to east zonal jet stream flow pattern across North America.

    Prospective Planting and Quarterly Stocks report rattle the markets

    Category: Markets & Weather



    USDA/NASS’s March 29 Prospective Planting Report is generated from a large farmer survey done in early March asking crop producers what they intend to plant this spring, and re-ask how much winter wheat they planted last fall.

    Ag Census confirms farmers are getting older, bigger or smaller

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Farm News Media; USDA



    Farm numbers and farmland are declining nationwide, while the average age of all farmers and ranchers rose, according to data from the 2017 Census of Agriculture released today by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).


    Remembering ‘The Weatherman,’ Mark Sterling: Co-workers saw a ‘unique’ talent in Sterling, who died April 1

    Category: People, Markets & Weather

    by Mitch Galloway | Farm News Media


    Employees of Mark Sterling remember the man behind the meteorology.

    Above normal temps into mid-April expected

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Jeff Andresen | MSU Extension


    A major shift of jet stream flow across North America to a split flow pattern led to a significant moderation in temperatures across the Great Lakes region during the middle of March. During the pattern shift, the passage of a deep upper troughing feature led to the development and passage of an intense low pressure center through the Midwest which brought a brief period of spring-like temperatures and the first major severe weather outbreak of the year to Michigan on March 14.

    Trade matters and so does your farm . . . We must show up and speak up!

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Carl Bednarski, president of the Michigan Farm Bureau


    MFB is here to help you voice your concerns as your continued input and involvement are crucial. Attending events like Lansing Legislative Seminar, being informed, and talking to your legislators are great ways you can help Michigan agriculture thrive into the future.

    Adjusting nitrogen plans based on fertilizer prices trends

    Category: Markets & Weather, Crops

    by Agricultural Economic Insights, Farm News Media


    Producers finalizing plans for 2019 will be disappointed to find fertilizer price have turned higher. Even though corn’s crop insurance revenue guarantee will be similar, estimated fertilizer expense will be $14 per acre higher than in 2018. Producer able to use alternative sources of fertilizer should evaluate urea for 2019. The current price relationship between urea and anhydrous ammonia shows urea prices – relatively speaking- are more attractive in 2019 than in recent years and when compared to the 10-year average.

    Weather outlook? A roll of the dice for Spring

    Category: Markets & Weather

    by Jeff Andresen, Extension Agricultural Meteorologist, Michigan State University


    Persistent upper air troughing across western and central sections of the continental USA led to a very active southwest to northeast storm track through the Midwest during late February and early March. Many of the low pressure systems associated with the pattern passed through Michigan, with southern and eastern sections of the state on the relatively warm side of the storms and northwestern sections of the state on the cold side.

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