The very late planting that is occurring in 2019 is leading to the prospects of lower yields and higher-than-normal prevented planting from crop insurance. As a result, one suspects that corn prices will increase. For many farms, price increases are needed to cause planting corn to be an economical alternative to taking prevented planting.
As of May 20, only 10% of Michigan’s soybean acres had been planted compared to the five-year average of 31%. Persistent rain events since then, and a Memorial Holiday forecast calling for heavy rains, there’s little doubt a majority of Michigan soybean acres will be planted in June. MSU Extension recommends producers implement specific management practices to maximize the yield potential of late-planted soybeans.
MFB’s Ag Labor & Safety Services program can bring custom-tailored workshops and presentations to your area—for the benefit of your members.
The owner of two privately owned cervid (POC) facilities — also known as deer farms — in Osceola County, Michigan, has been arraigned on several misdemeanor charges tied to facility maintenance and inspections, reporting and other areas. Ryan Hopkins, 42, of Sears, Michigan, is the owner and operator of Hopkins Trophy Whitetails, also located in Sears. On Tuesday, in the Osceola County District Court, in Reed City, Hopkins pleaded not guilty to those violations.
Dairy herds in Michigan produced 950 million pounds of milk during April, up 1.6 percent from a year ago, according to USDA’s National Ag Statistics Service Great Lakes Regional Office. The state’s daily rate per cow was 74.5 pounds, up .8 pounds from April 2018, while the dairy herd was estimated at 425,000 head, up 2,000 head from a year earlier.
Details on the USDA’s $16 billion trade relief package and recommendations for late planted corn and soybean crops.
USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue introduced a revised version of last year’s trade aid package today, designed to assist farmers in impacted by the ongoing trade and tariff dispute between with China. Unfortunately, much of the specific details appears to be work in progress.
Andy Thomas’ recent special land-use victory in Mason County will allow him to open a tasting room near his microbrewery, Starving Artist Brewing Co. LLC, a request that was denied in April from the Mason County Zoning Board of Appeals.
GreenStone Farm Credit Services supports the Michigan FFA’s mission of instilling character in youth through education in agriculture and providing members with leadership opportunities. The member-owned cooperative is a long-time contributor of the FFA Foundation and recently donated $25,000 to provide educational opportunities for tomorrow’s leaders.
Continued wet weather and saturated soils over much of the Midwest suggest that many farmers will be facing decisions on whether to take prevented planting. Prevented planting is available for those individuals purchasing the Common Crop Insurance (COMBO) product. Once the final planting date has arrived, the farmer can choose to take a prevented planting payment, plant corn, or plant soybeans or another crop. A cover crop can be planted on prevented planting farmland, but there are restrictions on haying and grazing the cover crop.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has moved the location of a public listening session on proposed deer regulation changes from Wetmore in Alger County to Harris in Menominee County. Several hunting regulation changes have been recommended by the DNR, including a deer baiting and feeding ban in a Core Chronic Wasting Disease Surveillance Area, which includes portions of Menominee, Dickinson and Delta counties.