Michigan Farm News
  • From family farm to family brewery - Texas Corners Brewing Company

    Category: Technology

    by Samantha Ward, Communications Manager, Dept. of Agricultural Food and Resource Economics, Michigan State University


    MSU Agribusiness Management alumnus Andrew Schultz loved growing up as a third-generation fruit farmer in southwest Michigan. As a Spartan studying agribusiness within the department of Agricultural Food and Resource Economics (AFRE), he gained knowledge of and passion for the food industry, and after graduation in 2011, he gained valuable experience at one of the world’s largest food companies — Nestle.

    Timothy Miles brings small fruit and hop pathology lab expertise to MSU

    Category: Technology

    by Mindy Tape, ANR Communications & Marketing; Farm News Media


    Miles’ passion for plant pathology began as an undergraduate pursuing bachelor’s degrees in biology and chemistry at Western Michigan University. He furthered his studies in plant pathology during his doctoral studies at MSU on a postharvest disease of blueberries.


    AgHelp Corp. of Belding selected as Farm Bureau Final Four Team in Ag Innovation Challenge

    Category: Technology

    by MI Farm News/AFBF


    AgHelp Corp. of Belding, MI has been chosen as one of the final four teams in the 2019 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge, where they’ll compete for a total of $25,000 at American Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th Annual Convention in New Orleans on Jan. 13. AgHelp Corp. has developed an agricultural “app-based” employment recruitment tool that will link interested farmers and potential employees together. It will be used for both domestic and H-2A Seasonal Guest Worker recruitment.

    Farm Bureau calls for extension of Renewable Fuel, Short Line Railroad tax incentives

    Category: Technology

    by Farm News Media


    The American Farm Bureau Federation is urging congressional lawmakers — recently returned to Capitol Hill for their lame-duck session — to tackle several outstanding issues, including the extension of lapsed bio-diesel and short-line railroad tax incentives.

    Equipment leasing and finance industry confidence index drops in November

    Category: Technology

    by Farm News Media


    The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation’s November 2018 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI) doesn’t bode well for agricultural equipment manufacturers. Overall, confidence in the equipment finance market dropped an additional 5 percent in November to 58.5, a decrease from the October index of 63.2.

    New MSU research center to focus on natural resources research

    Category: Technology

    by Michigan State University; Farm News Media


    Michigan State University AgBioResearch will officially open the Corey Marsh Ecological Research Center (CMERC) outside Laingsburg, this week. As the 14th AgBioResearch off-campus research center in the state, the latest location will focus on natural resource issues.

    Wick Buildings names Allan Breidenbach as new president

    Category: Technology

    by Farm News Media


    Wick Buildings Inc. Board of Directors announced that Allan Breidenbach has been selected as Wick’s new President. Breidenbach assumed the role on November 12, 2018, bringing over 25 years of construction-related leadership and experience.

    The Anderson Inc. uses bin rescue training as prevention exercise

    Category: Technology

    by Farm News Media


    The Anderson Inc. uses bin rescue training to help first responders.


    Drying and storing wet soybeans this fall?

    Category: Technology

    by Michael Staton, Michigan State University Extension; Farm News Media


    Careful management when drying and storing soybeans is essential to maximizing farm income.

    CNH enters strategic digital agreement with Farmers Edge

    Category: Technology

    by Case IH; Farm News Media


    Case IH customers will benefit from the announcement that CNH Industrial and Farmers Edge, a Canadian-based agri-tech company focused on data-driven agricultural decision-support systems, have entered into a strategic digital agriculture agreement that will deliver a portfolio of connectivity and agronomic solutions to Case IH customers.

    Fixed Price Energy Contracts

    Category: Technology

    by By Tricia Whitfield, MBA, ERP (Certified Energy Risk Professional)


    Energy prices are volatile (they are constantly moving). The prices are moving at multiple locations with a national price that moves independently from regional prices. It is difficult to know what will happen next.

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  • Columns

    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.