Soy grants tackle rural bridges

Soy farmers in Michigan are trying to fund transportation improvements.  The Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee, with the help of the Soybean Transportation Coalition, has grant dollars available to improve the state’s rural bridges.  Kathy Maurer with the checkoff says weight limits on bridges can cause major reroutes, costing farmers time and money. “Currently our bridges… Read more »

Custom rate estimates released

Farmers can compare custom rates with a new report from Michigan State University Extension. The annual Farm Machine Work Rate summary, created by the Farm Information Resource Management Extension team, is a guide for farmers to use when hiring custom operators.  The summary includes equipment, labor and fuel cost estimates.  Dennis Stein, Farm Business Management… Read more »

Celebrating one of Indiana’s specialty crops

Specialty crops play a vital role in Indiana agriculture. Jeanette Merritt, marketing director for the Purdue Wine Grape Team says when consumers think about Indiana agriculture, corn and soybeans are top of mind. But the number of vineyards across the state are on the rise as more people are looking to get back into agriculture. … Read more »

Challenges in the Missouri River bottoms

This planting season has had its challenges for farmers across the Corn Belt. Much of west central Missouri farmer Adam Casner’s corn crop is at least partially underwater. As he tells Brownfield, it never is a good time for the crop to be underwater – but he’s especially worried right now.  “A lot of our… Read more »

AgReliant collaboration provides access to weather data

A seed company and a weather prediction company are coming together to give farmers access to vitally important weather information. Noah Freeman, precision ag technologies manager for AgReliant Genetics says weather directly impacts every element of a farmer’s business and the collaboration between AgReliant Genetics and Weather Trends International will give farmers access to the… Read more »

Grain inspection bill advances

A bipartisan bill to reauthorize the federal Grain Standards Act has passed the Senate Agriculture Committee and includes steps the US Ag Secretary would have to take to avoid port shipment slowdowns. Sponsored by Senate Ag Chairman Pat Roberts of Kansas and Ranking Chair Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, the bill would require the Secretary to… Read more »

Missouri farmer has been battling spring rains

Adam Casner farms in West Central Missouri and says this spring has been challenging from the very beginning. Early on the ground was saturated – but then things changed.  “We finally got in the field to plant corn and we had honestly gotten pretty dry,” he says.  “The last couple of fields we planted were… Read more »

Planting nearing completion in NW Ohio

A good couple of days and the 2015 corn and soybean crop should be planted in Fulton County Ohio in Northwest Ohio. Eric Richer, Ohio State University Extension educator says with 80-90 percent of the corn and nearly half the soybeans planted, the remainder should be in the ground by the weekend. “And many of… Read more »

Ag retailers educate on stewardship

Ag retailers are involved with the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program. Clay Martz, manager of the Crop Production Services Woodbury Farm Center in Mid-Michigan, says the partnership has helped educate about new technologies and potential hazards. “A lot of our employees along with myself have offered training for some of the MAEAP verified farms or… Read more »

The Andersons Inc. acquires Kay Flo Industries

The Andersons, Inc. has purchased Kay Flo Industries, a manufacturer of plant nutrients based in North Sioux City, South Dakota. Andersons’ officials says the acquisition is consistent with their plans to expand their wholesale and specialty fertilizer business. Kay-Flo, through its Nutra-Flo division, manufactures liquid starter fertilizers and micronutrient enriched plant nutrients. Officials say the… Read more »