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Michigan: Reducing Production Costs Without Hurting Crop Yields

Michigan: Reducing Production Costs Without Hurting Crop Yields

👤By Jim Isleib, Michigan State University 🕔Apr 20, 2017

Fine-tune your fertilizer/manure program If you think soil testing isn’t that important, think again. A systematic whole-farm soil testing program is the backbone of a good crop nutrient plan. Without soil test report information, you can only guess what’s going

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Michigan Soybeans: Considerations for Early Planting

Michigan Soybeans: Considerations for Early Planting

👤By Mike Staton, Michigan State University 🕔Apr 20, 2017

Early or timely planting has been shown to be an important management practice for increasing soybean yields. The optimum time to plant soybeans in most of Michigan is the first week of May. However, soybeans can be planted during the

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Michigan: When Is the Best Time to Spread Manure?

Michigan: When Is the Best Time to Spread Manure?

👤By Shelby Burlew, Michigan State University Extension 🕔Apr 13, 2017

When is the best time to spread manure for optimal crop production and minimize environmental losses? The simple answer is it depends on many factors. While not exactly a satisfying answer to a complex scenario, it truly depends on the

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Michigan Corn: Nitrogen Recommendations

Michigan Corn: Nitrogen Recommendations

👤By Kurt Steinke, Michigan State University Extension 🕔Apr 13, 2017

Variable–the one word often used to describe corn response to nitrogen (N). Soil variability within a field influences the N supply due to changes in soil texture, organic matter content and topography while environmentally both temperature and rainfall distribution are

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Michigan Cover Crops: Important Reminders for Herbicide-Based Termination

Michigan Cover Crops: Important Reminders for Herbicide-Based Termination

👤By Erin Hill, Michigan State University 🕔Apr 6, 2017

Spring is here and with the field season beginning it is time to think about terminating any overwintered cover crops. At this year’s Midwest Cover Crops Council meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan, keynote speaker Dale Shaner presented a talk titled,

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Michigan Soybeans: Big Seeds This Year? Best Approaches

Michigan Soybeans: Big Seeds This Year? Best Approaches

👤By Mike Staton, Cooperative Extension Serive, Michigan State University 🕔Apr 3, 2017

Soybean seed quality is very good this year. Mechanical damage to the seed coats or embryos is very low because the seed was harvested at nearly ideal moisture levels. However, some of the seed is quite large at 2,100 to

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Michigan Soybeans: Reducing Planting Rates Can Be Profitable

Michigan Soybeans: Reducing Planting Rates Can Be Profitable

👤By Mike Staton, Michigan State University 🕔Mar 30, 2017

Soybean producers across Michigan identified soybean planting rates as one of the highest-rated topics they wanted to see evaluated by the SMaRT (Soybean Management and Research Technology) program in on-farm replicated trials. When asked if they wanted us to evaluate

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Michigan Soybeans: Recommendations for Planting Large Seed

Michigan Soybeans: Recommendations for Planting Large Seed

👤By Mike Staton, Michigan State University Extension 🕔Mar 23, 2017

Soybean seed quality is very good this year. Mechanical damage to the seed coats or embryos is very low because the seed was harvested at nearly ideal moisture levels. However, some of the seed is quite large at 2,100 to

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Michigan Wheat: 2017 Season Gets Underway

Michigan Wheat: 2017 Season Gets Underway

👤By Martin Nagelkirk, Michigan State University Extension 🕔Mar 23, 2017

Early spring marks the time when wheat growers begin implementing their wheat production strategies. The first step, once the wheat fields regain active green tissue (green-up), is to confirm each field has successfully survived the winter months. So far in

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Michigan Soybeans: Recommendations for Planting Soybeans After Soybeans

Michigan Soybeans: Recommendations for Planting Soybeans After Soybeans

👤By Mike Staton, Michigan State University 🕔Mar 9, 2017

Given the projected market prices and current production costs for corn and soybeans, some producers may alter their long-term rotation plans by increasing soybean acreage in 2017. In these situations, soybeans may be planted into fields that were planted to

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