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    Kentucky State Fair hosts two days of open dairy shows

    LOUISVILLE, KY -- The Kentucky State Fair rolled out the green shavings for the open dairy shows on August 16-17 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. Two days of solid shows kept the vision of the ideal dairy cow in the eye of visitors to the event.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  2. Left: John Harnica with his granddaughter, Addi.

    Looking for a little fall fun?

    Harnica Kids' Pumpkin Farm will be hosting their Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. The annual event is a lot of fun for the whole family! There's no entry fee and no admission fee. Cash prizes and ribbons are given for the 10 heaviest pumpkins. Cash prizes are also given for the heaviest squash, heaviest tomato, heaviest watermelon, longest long gourd, tallest corn stalk, tallest sunflower, and the largest sunflower head. Registration for the event is from 9-11 a.m.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  3. Students get some hands-on experience with poultry at a Project RED in Lenawee County.

    Ag literacy efforts extend beyond classroom

    LANSING, MI -- American consumers' increasing curiosity about where their food comes from arguably caught the actual food business off guard. Communicators in every segment of modern agriculture struggle every day to fill the gap of understanding between consumers and producers. But a new school year offers new promise, and hundreds of farm-savvy 'agvocates' are eager to resume--or continue--spreading the gospel according to the American farmer.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  4. Soybeans this year will likely fetch farmers $2 less per bushel than 2013.

    Price drops pinch grain farmers

    LANSING, MI -- Farmers who enjoyed well-publicized high prices last year are seeing the correction they all knew was coming, and they will influence more than just the farmers' bottom lines.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  5. Landoll Corporation celebrates 50 years of innovation

    MARYSVILLE, KS -- For those who knew him as a child, it wasn't much of a surprise when Don Landoll started his own company at the age of 20. After all, one of his favorite toys was the Erector Set that he received for Christmas when he was six-years-old. Before that, it was Tinker Toys that were used to build new designs. Even more ironic, Landoll built an electric-powered ferris wheel with his Erector Set before the family home even had electricity.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  6. Alternative energy for ag seminar is Sept. 25-26

    FRANKENMUTH, MI -- The Michigan Chapter of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA) has announced the program for their fall education seminar to be held at the Frankenmuth Brewery on September 25-26. Doug Hodge, Education Committee Chair said, "the program will be of interest to farmers and professionals serving the agricultural community who have an interest in alternative energy programs for agriculture."

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  7. Soybean harvest equipment field day set for Oct. 9

    ALLEGAN, MI -- On average, harvest losses reduce marketable soybean yields by one to two bushels per acre. Given the projected soybean prices, this could cost soybean producers $9.50 to $19 per acre in 2014. Harvest losses can increase significantly if the crop is lodged, very short, or harvest operations become delayed.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  8. USDA releases veggie reports for 2014

    WASHINGTON -- Snap bean processors contracted 15,100 acres in Michigan for 2014, a decrease of 15 percent from last year, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. The estimated production of processing snap beans under contract decreased 23 percent to 59,490 tons.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  9. Enrollment for new dairy farm risk management in Michigan now underway

    EAST LANSING, MI -- Michigan Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Christine White recently announced that signup for the new dairy Margin Protection Program began Sept. 2. The voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin -- the difference between the price of milk and feed costs -- falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  10. Indiana crop update: Farmers busy getting ready for harvest

    WEST LAFAYETTE, IN -- Warmer temperatures and above average rainfall helped bring harvest closer and kept farmers busy, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. Average temperatures for the week ending Sept. 7 ranged from 71 to 77 degrees, and from 3 degrees to 8 degrees above normal.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  11. Michigan crop update: White mold hits soybean crop

    EAST LANSING, MI -- There were 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Michigan during the week ending September 7, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  12. Ag Calendar

    17: Presque Isle County Cover Crop Field Day, 9 a.m.-noon, opportunity for producers and agribusiness professionals to view cover crop plots featuring species appropriate for northeast Michigan, learn how cover crops can benefit production and the environment, get the latest information on federal cost-sharing available for cover crop establishment, no charge for attending this program, but pre-registration is encouraged by Sept. 15, call 989-734-2168 by Sept.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  13. Webinar to provide info on proposed conservation management

    URBANA, IL -- A free webinar is being offered to provide information about a new agricultural service program called Precision Conservation Management that is being developed through collaboration with Illinois agricultural associations and faculty at the University of Illinois. The purpose of the program is to build conservation practices into the management of commodity crop farming and animal production operations.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  14. Mosses: Are they your friend or foe?

    URBANA, IL -- If you look at ferns, mosses, lichens, and club moss closely, they look like something right out of a fairy tale, said a University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  15. Ohio crop update: Consistent weather wanted to boost yields

    REYNOLDSBURG, OH -- Producers are hoping warmer conditions and just enough moisture to get crops to a timely harvest. according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region , there were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending September 7.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  16. Weekly Price Outlook: Sept. 1 corn stocks estimate: Does it matter?

    Corn prices continue to be dominated by expectations of a very large U.S. harvest.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  17. Auction Calendar

    ONLINE ONLY. Massey Harris Collection. For Info: Sheridan Realty & Auctions 517-676-9800 (09/3, 09/10)

    • Sep. 17, 2014