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Consumers Energy and about 200 Great Lakes Mutual Assistance crews from eight states will be working around the clock throughout the weekend to restore service after an extended severe weather pattern pummeled parts of Michigan. A majority of affected customers are expected to have their service restored by late Sunday. Final restoration for customers in the hardest hit areas may continue into late Monday. The company’s outage map, www.ConsumersEnergy.com/outagemap will be updated throughout the day as damage assessments are made.
Severe winter weather developed across Michigan during much of the second half of January with the passage of several Arctic-origin air masses and a major winter storm through the Great Lakes region. The frigid air masses were associated with the shift of a large portion of the polar vortex circulation (normally located across high latitude, arctic areas) into mid-latitude areas of eastern North America during the second week of the month.
The Midwest Economy Index (MEI), a weighted average of 129 state and regional indicators encompassing Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin, moved up slightly to .17 in December from .11 in November.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has extended early bird registration rates for the 2019 Agricultural Outlook Forum (AOF) until Feb. 6.
The forum, the largest annual meeting of USDA, will take place on Feb. 21-22, 2019, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Va.
More seasonable, winter-like weather gradually returned to the Great Lakes region during mid-January following a prolonged spell of milder and drier than normal conditions that began back in early December.
While a foundation has been set for long-term viability for leading commodities in Michigan with the announcements of increasing milk processing, the opening of a state-of-the-art hog processing facility and a national timber processor breaking ground, the short-term still appears challenging.
After an early start of winter across much of the Great Lakes region in November, weather conditions generally turned milder and drier than normal in December. During early December, the configuration of the jet stream across North America transitioned to a progressive, split-flow pattern.
A West Michigan food processor is ceasing operations after a series of health inspections from state and federal agencies found Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono) in the company’s food preparation area.
West Michigan food processor Saranac Brand Foods agrees to halt operations following health violations
The Michigan Legislature’s vote this month in favor of scaling back the state’s minimum wage increase will likely benefit Michigan farmers and employers.
There will be warmer-than-normal mean temperatures over the next three months.
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.