Michigan Farm News
  • Worth the risk: Michigan hemp grower maneuvers industry unknowns

    Category: Crops

    by Mitch Galloway | Farm News Media


    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.

    Deadline to re-enroll or extend expiring CRP contracts is Aug. 23

    Category: Crops

    by USDA; Farm News Media


    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.

    Michigan publishes first statewide study of PFAS in water supplies

    Category: Crops

    by EGLE


    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).

    Western bean cutworm is alive and well in Michigan – begin scouting now

    Category: Crops

    by Frederick Springborn, Christian Tollini, MSU Extension; Farm News Media


    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.

    Optimism coming through dairy markets for remainder of 2019

    Category: Crops

    by Ben Spitzley, VP of Commercial Lending Dairy Group Manager, GreensStone Farm Credit Services


    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.

    Making Dollars and Sense Field Day

    Category: Crops

    by MSU Extension


    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.

    Farm News Five: 2019 AgroExpo

    Category: Crops

    by Farm News Media

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    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.

    Sklarczyk Seed Farm Earns 2019 ‘Ag Exporter of the Year’ Award

    Category: Crops

    by MDARD


    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.

    Every grain entrapment is preventable

    Category: Crops

    by Purdue University Extension; Farm News Media


    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 farmland values, cash rents -- virtually unchanged in 2019

    Category: Crops

    by USDA; Farm News Media


    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.

    Precision agriculture enters mainstream

    Category: Crops

    by : Scott Swinton, Zach Luther, and Braeden Van Deynze, Dept. of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Michigan State University


    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.

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