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Scouting for Insects, Diseases in Michigan Vineyards

All season, a team from MSU extension has been visiting vineyards along the western shore of Michigan—scouting for insect and disease issues for both...

MCGA President Urges President to Stop EPA from Issuing SREs

Headed into harvest, the EPA’s small refinery waivers are still on farmers’ minds. So far during the Trump administration, there have been 85 waivers...

Rains Simultaneously Benefit, Hamper Crop Conditions

For some crops, the warm, wet conditions helped push maturity along, but halted some harvest plans. Sugarbeet harvest in the Thumb was slow going...

Hogs And Pigs Report: Sept. 1988 Record Shattered

On Friday, the USDA released its quarterly hogs and pigs report, totaling the highest September 1 inventory of all hogs and pigs since estimates...

USDA Drops Corn Stocks, Increases Soybeans

Old crop corn stocks in all positions on September 1, 2019 totaled 2.11 billion bushels, down 1 percent from September 1, 2018. Of the total...

USDA Invests in Community Facilities Improvements for 3.3 Million Rural Americans

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy Monday announced that USDA is investing $139 million in 56...

Commentary: One Step Forward and Two Steps Back

This past week, it was announced that a new trade deal had been reached with Japan. The agreement lowers or eliminates import tariffs on...

Dealing with Weeds in Unplanted Fields

With a significant number of fields going unplanted in 2019, controlling weeds in those fields for 2020 will be a difficult challenge for growers. Weeds...

Commentary: One Step Forward and Two Steps Back

By Gary Truitt This past week, it was announced that a new trade deal had been reached with Japan. The agreement lowers or eliminates import...

Harvest Forecast: Wet Weather To Dampen Michigan

Plentiful (some would even say excessive”) moisture coming across Michigan over the coming week to 10 days. Harvest will clearly have some challenges to...

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