Drought conditions taking a toll on Michigan’s field crops - Deepening drought conditions and adequate moisture in the western Corn Belt may cause a “double whammy” for some Michigan growers in 2016.
Spider mite spraying in Michigan field crops: Brand new cheat sheet - We’ve got perfect spider mite conditions due to this summer’s dry weather and the arrival of August. Irrigation can complicate decisions. Here are tips to get any sprays right.
Nutrient management after the drought - Learn about nutrient management after the 2012 drought, including nutrient carryover and recycling, fall versus spring soil test results and 2013 fertilizer recommendations, by watching a webinar hosted by the American Society of Agronomy.
Corn stalks provide alternative forage for beef and dairy farms - Having enough feed and forage for cattle farms this winter may include some feed alternatives like corn stover/stalks.
Final opportunity to scout for soybean cyst nematodes and sudden death syndrome - Soybean harvest can be valuable, final opportunity to identify soybean cyst nematodes and sudden death syndrome in drought-damaged fields, and better prepare yourself for next season.
Managing options for double crop soybeans - Information for double crop soybean producers to assess their crop and make important management decisions.
When to harvest 2012 corn silage - Despite variable crop conditions across the state of Michigan, farmers should still harvest corn silage based on whole plant dry matter
Should I remove corn stover this fall? - Removing corn stover has become a common question from producers looking for ways to manage corn residue. Join us for a field day October 4 that will focus on corn residue management.
Alternative feed for cattle for help ease the drought shortage - A program that focused on corn stalks as an alternative feed source helps crop producers put a value on the corn stover that cattle farms may need.
Farms need to start year-end financial plan now to avoid problems later - With current commodity prices at record levels and crop yields still unsure 2012 will be a year where farms will want to do some early year-end financial planning.
Have a strategy when commodity markets go against your position to buy or sell crops - Wild commodity price swings are reacting to drought conditions that are leaving some farm producers wondering what they could have done to protect their situation.
Planting winter wheat following drought-stricken corn - Planting wheat following corn may be a reasonable rotation this 2012 season, but excessive nitrogen levels and Fusarium head scab are two potential risks.
Understanding the drought through the Evaporative Stress Index - A look at the Evaporative Stress Index explains patterns of water availability and moisture stress across large areas.
Choosing cover crops - There is help for producers to determine what cover crops they should use in their rotation.
Feed inventory essential to producers facing record feed prices - Milk producers will be challenged to produce enough high quality forage and concentrate feeds for dairy cows this year due to drought. Dairy farmers should inventory feeds, develop feed procurement and cow culling strategies to offset these conditions.
Mediate disaster-related financial issues – don’t procrastinate - Farmers who have experienced crop losses through drought or freeze may benefit by utilizing mediation services if they cannot meet financial obligations.
Feeding drought-stressed corn to the dairy herd - Harvesting and feeding drought stressed corn silage can be a challenge, but for many producers it is necessary to feed their cattle.
Harvesting drought-damaged corn for silage - Precautions need to be taken when harvesting drought-damaged corn for silage.
Crop insurance: Follow the rules to ensure the best outcome - 2012 may be the year of crop insurance so make sure you are following the rules. Farms covered by crop insurance should take notice of the rules before removing or destroying drought damaged crops.
Drought irrigation management - Michigan and Indiana are in midst of the greatest agriculture water challenge seen for decades, making changes can allow you to get the most from the resources available.
Crop insurance during a drought - A Risk Management Agency Springfield Regional Office Fact Sheet
Evaluate your crop delivery arrangements to avoid hidden risks - Advanced marketing agreements and contracts may have new meanings if this year’s crop falls short on the delivery bushels needed.
Drought: Implications for near-term management decisions in field crops - The recent trend in higher than normal temperatures paired with lower than normal precipitation puts Michigan field crops at risk.
Regional reports on Michigan field crops – June 28, 2012 - MSU Extension educators’ pest and field crop updates for Michigan.
Regional reports on Michigan field crops – June 21, 2012 - MSU Extension educators’ pest and field crop updates for Michigan.
Assessing corn growth and development for yield potential during drought - Southwest Michigan shares corn belt drought conditions while farms search for yield estimates.
Managing red clover that was frost-seeded into wheat - We don’t have a drought everywhere in Michigan!
Seeding a cover crop after wheat harvest - What are my choices for seeding a cover crop after wheat harvest?
Can improving your soil quality decrease your risk during a drought? - I think the answer is yes!
Boron can be important in sugarbeet production - Sugarbeet boron needs can be supplied through soil or early foliar applications.
Moisture stress and high temperature effects on soybean yields - How soybeans respond to moisture stress and how yield is reduced by stress occuring at various growth stages.
Sprayer considerations for improving spider mite control in soybeans - Equipping and operating your sprayer correctly is critical to controlling spider mites in soybeans.
Harvesting drought-stressed soybeans for forage - Feeding drought-stressed soybeans to livestock is an option, but make the decision carefully.
Feeding wheat to stretch swine and beef rations - Farmers faced with drought-stricken crops can stretch animal feed rations by feeding wheat in place of corn.
Crops salvaged from insured fields will reduce crop insurance payments - In some parts of Michigan, farms are undertaking salvage harvest of the corn stover that is currently in their fields this harvest will impact crop insurance coverage and potential payments.
Compost increases the water holding capacity of droughty soils - How to choose compost that increases the soil’s water holding capacity.
Drought implications on fertilizer management - Because of reduced grain yield, farmers may be able to credit for some of the carryover phosphorus and potassium for the next year’s crop.
What is evapotranspiration and why it matters - Under drought conditions, plants may not be able to extract water fast enough to keep up with evapotranspiration.
Potassium and drought in corn and soybeans - Potassium regulates the opening and closing of plant stomata. Consequently, crops with insufficient potassium are much more susceptible to drought.
Answers to common questions about irrigating soybeans - Frequently asked questions and their answers that can help soybean producers make profitable irrigation decisions.
Nitrate accumulation in drought-stressed corn - Recent rainfall events may further increase concerns of nitrate poisoning in drought-stressed corn.
Dry conditions will likely impact herbicide carryover to rotational crops - Dry conditions this growing season throughout most of Michigan have not only affected the current crop, but will likely impact rotational crops including wheat and cover crops planted this fall.
Nitrate-N distribution within drought-stressed corn plants - During a prolonged drought, the bottom one-third of the stalk accumulates relatively large quantities of nitrate-N compared to other plant parts.
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