Cherry harvest just beginning

The nation’s largest tart cherry producer will see slightly lower production numbers in 2015. Phil Korson, President of the Cherry Marketing Institute, says a lot of production in Northwest Michigan was damaged in a May freeze. “Today Michigan produces 75 percent of the U.S. supply of tart cherries and almost half of that production is… Read more »

Iowa water quality projects receive grants

Four Iowa water quality projects have been selected to receive funding through the state’s water quality initiative. One of those projects will look the value of incorporating cover crops into row crop production in operations with ruminant livestock.  It will be led by Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI). “We have six livestock farmers recruited from… Read more »

Updated fees will improve environmental resources

Changes to Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program funding will provide more resources to farmers.  The voluntary program walks farmers though assessments to improve farming practices that protect water quality and the environment. Jim Johnson with the Michigan Department of Agriculture says the Michigan legislature approved fee changes that will expand funding. “There was a lot… Read more »

To combine wheat or wait

When it comes to deciding whether or not to combine wheat, why take a chance with Mother Nature.  For Ardie Good, who farms in Northwest Ohio, near Dola, in Northern Hardin County, the decision to go ahead and combine his wheat on Monday, July 6, was made a little easier with a forecast for rain. … Read more »

Groups urge Congress to reject RFS defunding bill

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More than two dozen renewable fuels-related groups and companies are urging Congress to reject any proposals “that amend, repeal, defund or otherwise modify or interfere with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). They point out an amendment proposed by Congressman Barry Loudermilk of Georgia that would defund the RFS. It would amend the Fiscal Year 2016… Read more »

Poor wheat quality is costly

Quality issues are hitting wheat farmers hard in the pocketbook.  DuPont Pioneer Account Manager Kurt Marvel says Ohio, Indiana and Illinois are experiencing very extreme crop conditions. “There were some pretty good pictures out on Twitter in some different places of combines cutting ruts, trying to harvest the crop, following it with a tillage tool… Read more »

Wheat harvest underway in NW Ohio

For some farmers in Northwest Ohio the 4th of July holiday was the beginning of wheat harvest. Randy Preston, manager of the Heritage Coop Branch at Dola says the crop in northern Hardin County is better than he was expecting. “Test weight has been 54 to 60 and we’ve had anywhere from 13.3 to 20.5… Read more »

Early season fruit harvest ramping up

Cooler nights and wet fields are still slowing crop progress in southern Michigan.  USDA NASS reports slightly more than five days were suitable for field work as of Sunday. Michigan’s corn crop condition is 65 percent good to excellent, down just 1 percent from last week. Soybean condition is 59 percent good to excellent, also… Read more »

Rain brings further recharge to South Dakota topsoil moisture

Showers and thunderstorms this past week brought South Dakota topsoil moisture to 82 percent adequate to surplus. Corn is 82 percent fair to good, and 13 excellent. Soybeans are 74 percent fair to good. Seventeen percent of the soybean crop is blooming, which is behind normal. Spring wheat is 81 percent fair to good, and… Read more »

Donnelly surveys flood damaged crops

Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly spent Monday morning surveying crop damage from June’s excessive rainfall. During his stop at Rusty and Jeannette Merritt’s farm in north central Indiana Senator Donnelly said the damages are wide spread.  “We’re going to continue to focus on this and we have crop insurance in place through the Farm Bill,” he… Read more »