Managing for record wheat yields

A Mid-Michigan farmer says better management of wheat fields is producing higher yielding crops. Brian Haskin tells Brownfield planting winter wheat last fall in favorable conditions has helped the crop get off to a good start despite the wet spring.  “Wheat doesn’t usually tend to like a lot of water, which we’ve had this year obviously,… Read more »

Corn hits new seven month highs

Soybeans were higher on commercial and technical buying. Demand continues to be strong, as China bought 110,000 tons of 2016/17 U.S. beans and unknown destinations purchased 100,000 tons of 2016/17 U.S. meal. Contracts were down early on profit taking and the lower meal, before coming back late in the session. Soybean meal was mixed with… Read more »

Fieldwork delays in parts of the western Belt

Across the Corn Belt, warm, mostly dry weather in the Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region is promoting corn and soybean planting activities that until recently had been delayed. Meanwhile in the western Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms are disrupting late-season planting efforts. On the Plains, stormy weather continues to hamper fieldwork and… Read more »

Farm safety for youth

Commentary. School is out – or soon will be – across the Heartland of America.  Many young people in rural communities will spend the summer working on their own family’s farm, a relative’s farm, or a neighbor’s farm.  Had a proposed rule passed earlier in the decade, things could be quite different for those youth…. Read more »

Pressure your asparagus

Make the U.S. asparagus season last all year by preserving it at home.  Food Safety Educator Lisa Treiber, with Michigan State University Extension, says you have a lot of options to preserve asparagus. HEALTHY LIVING PROGRAM – Preserving Asparagus

The cost of legacy

The Administration has shifted into high regulatory gear as the days of the Obama Administration dwindle down.  As the revolving door begins to spin with the exit of White House appointees to private sector jobs, the final and proposed rules that have pended for years or simply been on the drawing board for as long,… Read more »

Top states for agricultural jobs

  The website says Iowa is the top state for ag jobs in the U.S. In its 2015 Jobs Report, the ag-specific job board for recruitment cites Iowa’s strong corn and pork production as reasons for remaining on top. California trails closely behind according to the list, with diverse agriculture noted for providing employment opportunities…. Read more »

The art of plant breeding has evolved

Joe Byrum, Syngenta’s Global Products Development lead for soybeans, says plant breeding at one time was considered an art form. He says Syngenta has guided that art form to evidence based decision making given updates in technology and Syngenta’s overall strategy. AUDIO – Interview with Joe Byrum:

Property tax relief one signature away in Minnesota

Property tax relief for rural Minnesota landowners is one signature away. Minnesota Farm Bureau public policy director Doug Busselman says Governor Mark Dayton can sign into law a comprehensive tax bill passed just before the conclusion of the 2016 Legislative Session that includes needed provisions. “Agricultural property tax payers in school districts where they have… Read more »


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