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It’s been more than 20 years in the making, but this month a fish spawning habitat restoration dream becomes a reality for Saginaw Bay. The DNR and Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy have built a coalition to restore a 2-acre rock reef at the Coreyon Reef site, about 11 miles northeast of the mouth of the Saginaw River.
The American Farm Bureau Federation in partnership with Farm Credit has opened online applications for the 2020 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge. In its sixth year, the Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge is a national business competition for U.S. food and agriculture startups. Entrepreneurs will compete for $145,000 in startup funds.
The American white pelican has established a nest-hold in western Lake Erie for the first time, with prospects of future territorial expansion into lakes Huron and Ontario, according to a new study.
Record water levels are threatening Great Lakes surfing. They are swallowing some surfers’ favorite beaches and changing how the bottom of the lakes affect the water above. Still, some surfers say that the high water could make accessible previously unsurfable stretches of lakeshore.
Potato leafhopper is widespread and noticeable this year in Michigan field crops. Weather patterns early in the spring were ideal for carrying this pest north, and that pattern persisted over several weeks. Potato leafhopper migration potentially was larger and longer than in previous springs.
Following a continuation of abnormally cool, wet weather across Michigan and the Great Lakes region during much of June, a major upper air pattern change took place during the beginning of the last week of the month with formation of a broad upper air ridge across the region.
A Fourth of July cookout of Americans’ favorite foods, including hot dogs, cheeseburgers, pork spare ribs, potato salad, baked beans, lemonade and watermelon, will cost just a few cents more this year, coming in at less than $6 per person, says the American Farm Bureau Federation.
Yield potential of corn planted very late in the growing season (e.g., July) is less than corn planted on time in Michigan. However, corn can still produce more than 5 tons of dry matter per acre when planted in July. The feeding value of silage corn is at least equal to other summer annual grasses when planted this late. This makes corn an excellent “emergency” forage in a growing season like 2019.
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy today announced the launch of Know It Before You Throw It, a first-ever statewide education campaign to better inform Michiganders on what can – and cannot – be recycled and how to recycle correctly.
If you have been following the recent news regarding Prevented Plant acres and cover crops, you know USDA and RMA have made several recent announcements of major modifications and provisions that will allow livestock and crop farmers to work together in dealing with an emerging forage crisis during an unprecedented wet planting season. While those announcements are greatly appreciated and were desperately needed, the rarity of filing Prevented Plant crop insurance claims in the first place, combined with the series of recent announcements can understandably create a great deal of confusion.