Following a brief weekend return to snow days across Michigan, with a wet extended weather forecast, the drive to get in the field becomes more overpowering. But an itchy trigger finger on jump-starting spring fieldwork in wet soils could spell trouble for the health of your soil and this year’s yields — as much as 20 percent and hurt yields for 12 years or more.
If all goes as planned, the USDA intends to require the use of electronic ear tags using radio frequency identification (RFID) nationwide for beef, dairy cattle and bison moving interstate by Jan. 1, 2023, to speed up information capture and sharing of animal movement. If realized, livestock producers in other states will finally be catching up with their Michigan peers.
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.
If you’re a young farmer between the ages of 18 to 35, Michigan Farm Bureau’s 22-member State Young Farmer Committee wants to hear from you. The online 2019 Young Farmer Survey is intended to capture a complete understanding of young farmer members and their expectations.
It’s hard to imagine the Great Lakes not having any large sport fish – yet it was once that way. Before the introduction of Pacific salmon, the Great Lakes had a small sports fishery with few anglers. While small game fish like largemouth bass, walleye, and yellow perch were common, few large game fish were present.
As a part of a joint wildlife disease initiative, Michigan State University and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources are seeking grant proposals for collaborative research, education and outreach projects to address the most important issues around wildlife disease in Michigan, especially chronic wasting disease in deer.
In 1894, 23 students were enrolled in the first short course class, learning about dairy management and how to care for cattle, process raw milk and make butter. Short courses were established to address agricultural needs in Michigan and were offered in the fall and winter between crop harvesting and planting. Today, close to 500 students are enrolled in 13 different IAT certificate programs in East Lansing and at partner community college locations around Michigan.
As 2019 appears to be a low-income year, reducing tillage passes is one way to reduce costs. This may be more of an option in 2019 since fewer fall tillage passes were completed in late 2018 due to wet field conditions. Moreover, statistical evidence does not suggest that yields increase with more tillage passes.
Corteva partners with Drone Deploy.
Continuing its commitment to advancing the future of High-Efficiency Farming, Case IH is expanding its AFS Soil Command lineup to include mapping technology, signifying progress in both field mapping capabilities and agronomic research. Available on any machine equipped with AFS Soil Command, this new mapping technology adds to a powerful suite of tillage tools that give producers enhanced insights to improve operational efficiency and increase yield potential.
Building on the best features of the 1990CCS Air Seeder that has been the standard for small-grains seeding for the last decade, John Deere introduces the redesigned N500C Series Air Drills for 2019. These new air drills integrate the latest in seeding technology, including new ProSeries Openers, to provide small-grains producers the most productive, accurate and smart seeding tools in the industry.