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American Farmland Trust urges lawmakers to include farmers in stimulus

March 24, 2020 9:40 am Sunday evening, the expected advancement of a congressional stimulus package to help Americans who are weathering massive changes as part of COVID-19 restrictions hit a partisan roadblock, pushing hope for a bill deeper into the week. Many businesses and supply chains are shuttered, and while agriculture is considered an essential industry to our nation, there is no doubt that the closure of restaurants and farmers markets have had an impact, even while grocery stores are selling…

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7 Tips For Ag Retail Salespeople During COVID-19

March 23, 2020 8:24 am As ag suppliers and ag retailers have instituted policies restricting travel and on-farm visits, salespeople are being tasked to get a lot more comfortable in their home office chairs rather than the driver’s seat of the pickup.  As you reach out to farmers who are making final 2020 crop decisions, here are some tips to maximize sales while practicing social distancing. Read more.

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Managing weeds when seeding cover crops

March 18, 2020 8:33 am Cover crops provide several benefits, including weed control, protecting soil from erosion and promoting soil health. When adopting this practice, farmers face several challenges, such as competition from weeds impacting the productivity of cover crops or even the cash crops themselves. For this reason, it is very important that weeds are controlled using herbicides, even when using cover crops. Read more.

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Field Crops Webinar Series: Nutrient management to improve efficiency

March 9, 2020 9:54 am The 2020 Field Crops Webinar Series will continue March 9 with “Nutrient Management to Improve Efficiency.” Kurt Steinke, associate professor of soil fertility and nutrient management at Michigan State University, will share the results of his 2019 nutrient management research plots around Michigan and information on how to increase crop nutrient use efficiency while implementing best management practices to lessen impacts on water quality and other environmental concerns. Read more.

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Reducing weather risk in soybean production

March 9, 2020 9:46 am The wet weather conditions that occurred during planting and harvest over the last several growing seasons have created many problems for Michigan soybean producers, such as planting delays, prevented planting, higher charges and discounts at delivery, soil compaction and deep harvest ruts. These conditions reduce yield and income, and managing weather risk will become one of the priorities and characteristics of successful farms in the future. This article summarizes some recent major climatic trends and…

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