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  • 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

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    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.

    Michigan publishes first statewide study of PFAS in water supplies

    Category: Crops

    by EGLE

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    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

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    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.

    CME, National 4-H bringing the Commodity Carnival to Michigan State Fair

    Category: Technology

    by Farm News Media

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    CME Group and the National 4-H Council are hosting their seventh annual Commodity Carnival at the Michigan State Fair in Novi, Mich., Aug. 28 to Sept. 2. The interactive, educational fair experience, teaches young fairgoers about managing the business risks and costs associated with producing and bringing livestock to market.

    Making Dollars and Sense Field Day

    Category: Crops

    by MSU Extension

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

    Emergency flood relief — deferral of interest charges on spring crop insurance premiums

    Category: Crops

    by USDA; Farm News Media

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    For the 2019 crop year only, accrual of any interest on unpaid spring crop insurance premium is deferred to the earliest of the applicable termination date or two months, until Nov. 30, for all policies with a premium billing date of Aug. 15, 2019.

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