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

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    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.

    Warda takes Hammerin Hank to the sand pile for first-place finish

    Category: Technology

    by Farm News Media

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    Berrien County Farm Bureau member Stan Warda drove his Hammerin Hank 9,300-pound Super Farm tractor “into the sand pile” for a Full-Pull to earn first place honors at the National Farm Machinery Show’s 51st Championship Tractor Pull. The event was held last weekend at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Ky. 

    NorthStar announces expansion of Grand Ledge lab to serve dairy industry

    Category: Technology

    by NorthStar; Farm News Media

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    Growing demand for collaboration within the state’s dairy industry has prompted NorthStar Cooperative to expand its lab facility in Grand Ledge. The first phase of growth includes doubling the space of the existing facility to accommodate increases in commercial diagnostic services, and research and development. NorthStar relocated to the current facility in 2015 creating a state-of-the-art laboratory for diagnostic services.

    Home-winterizing reminders for the ‘Polar Plunge’

    Category: Technology

    by Farm News Media

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    While your primary focus during the current artic chill may include daily farm-chores – particularly for livestock producers – don’t forget to devote some time and attention to “winterizing” your home, too! Not only will winterizing your home save you cash, but it’ll also make your downtime from outside chores considerably more comfortable and relaxing. Make sure your home is ready for winter with these Home Maintenance Tips from Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

    Don’t forget about mandatory muskie harvest registration

    Category: Technology

    by Michigan DNR

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    With Michigan's ice-fishing season well underway, the DNR reminds anglers who harvest a muskellunge that there is a mandatory registration. The muskie harvest limit is one fish per angler per license year.

    15 Best New Agriculture Apps for 2019

    Category: Technology

    by CropLife.com/Matt Hopkins

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    Farmers have realized a vast array of apps exist to help them be better at what they do. Matt Hopkins is Senior Online Editor for the Agribusiness Group at Meister Media Worldwide. Since 2011, he’s published his annual review of “top apps for agriculture” for CropLife.

    15 new MSU scholarships to be awarded to agricultural or natural sciences students

    Category: Technology

    by MSU; Farm News Media

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    MSU’s College of Ag & Natural Resources STEM-FEE Scholars Program was designed to address this important national need through funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Fifteen scholarships will be awarded in Fall-2019 for incoming MSU freshmen or transfer students.

    USDA annual pesticide report — U.S. food supply among the safest globally

    Category: Technology

    by USDA

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    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has published the 2017 Pesticide Data Program (PDP) Annual Summary. The summary shows more than 99 percent of the samples tested had pesticide residues well below benchmark levels established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    Fall 2019 enrollment now open for MSU’s Institute of Agricultural Technology

    Category: Technology

    by Farm News Media

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    Michigan State University’s (MSU) Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT), often referred to as “Ag Tech” or “MSU’s Short Course,” is open for business, with applications now being accepted for Fall-2019 enrollment.

    Assessing Financial Management Skills

    Category: Technology

    by Michael Langemeier, Center for Commercial Agriculture, Purdue University

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    As farms continue to consolidate, it becomes increasingly important to assess a farm’s financial management skills. 

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

    Category: Technology

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

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    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.

     

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    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.