Amid the 32,243 acres of land committed to growing industrial hemp in 2019, according to Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) figures based on the required grower registration, Michigan farmers are betting on a crop somewhat foreign to the state.
Farmers with expiring Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts have until Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, to re-enroll in certain CRP continuous signup practices or, if eligible, select a one-year contract extension. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is also accepting offers from landowners who want to enroll for the first time in one of the country’s largest conservation programs, which ends Aug. 23.
The Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) posted Aug. 16 the final report from last year’s statewide sampling of community, school, child care provider and tribal water supplies for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
If you haven’t already started, dry bean growers and crop consultants should be scouting for damage from western bean cutworm. While the peak flight of western bean cutworm occurred a full week later than last year and several previous seasons, there were still a significant number of moths being captured in pheromone traps as of Aug. 12.
Dairy market activity this summer has been impacted by a number of factors including the weather, trade and overall milk production making forecasting the remainder of 2019 more difficult, but the trend is pacing upward.
The Eaton Conservation District, in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) and the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP), invites you to “Making Dollars and Sense,” a field day dedicated to showcasing the value of cover crops and healthy soils.
This week on Farm News Five: Pioneer Agronomy Manager, Dr. Matt Clover talks managing fertility programs for optimal plant health and Rich Price with MSU’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Department shares the latest on remote sensing and drone technologies - all from the 2019 AgroExpo.
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) has awarded Sklarczyk Seed Farm of Johannesburg, Michigan, with the 2019 Michigan Agriculture Exporter of the Year Award.
Since 1964, Purdue University has recorded more than 800 cases of flowing grain entrapments. Many if not most “non-fatal” incidents go unreported. The U.S. averages 15-20 documented entrapments per year based on 40 years of data.
Michigan farmers are clearly an optimistic bunch based on the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office report on 2019 average Michigan farm real estate and cropland values which showed no decline. In fact, cash rental rates that bumped up 3.3% to $127 per acre, compared to 2018 values.
Variable-rate fertilizer application and soil mapping — once at the cutting edge — have gone mainstream, according to newly released results from a 2017 survey of corn and soybean growers. Targeted to growers in the Eastern Corn Belt, the survey reveals how trends in precision agricultural technology adoption are playing out in Michigan and neighboring states.