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Extending the Grazing Season Field Day

The Michigan Biological Station Kellogg Farm is hosting a field day, “Extending the Grazing Season,” from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 7. The event will give farmers, consultants and educators an opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences and discuss efficient planning and management strategies.

 In the field and the classroom, participants will learn about the economics and environmental value of various forage crops, along with varying approaches to extending the grazing season and opportunities for grazing multispecies cover crop mixes.

Preregistration is required by Nov. 5. The event will be held outside, so dress for the weather. There is no fee to attend. To register, contact Misty Klotz at or 269-671-2402. To learn more about the KBS Pasture Dairy and other events, visit


Dairy Farmer of the Year Award Nominations Sought

Below is the link to put you in touch with Michigan State regarding nominations for the 2015 Dairy Farmer of the Year Award:


Deadline is November 15th.

How Late Can We Plant Wheat

At lot of folks have asked how late they should plant wheat this fall.  I wrote an article for MSUENEWS that addresses the question to an extent.  While we have little research or survey work to go on, I can share some thoughts (from the "for what it's worth" file).

Yield potential decreases one bushel per day but...  Its generally accepted that yields slip a bushel for every day planting is delayed beyond the optimum planting date (about 10 days after the hessian fly-free-date).  But once we get to mid October, this relationship bows, at least in part, to weather conditions during the fall and winter.  Under favorably fall conditions, late October planting can yield as much as 80 percent of timely plantings. 

Fall seasons are not created equal-  Some falls are more friendly to late planting than others.  This fall, at least up to last week, field conditions were very good and soil temperatures remained near 50 degrees.  Consequently, even mid October planting are emerging in 7 to 10 days.  This sharply contrasts to fall 2013 where temperatures chilled after October 10 so that mid October plantings took some 3 weeks to emerge and the seedlings attained very modest development. 

Crop insurance deadline:  Wheat planted after Saturday, October 25 is not eligible for crop insurance.

Becoming wet and ugly -  Though I think we can feel good about our mid October plantings, things are looking muddled from here on out.  The week's forecast does not look good for soybean harvest or dry soil conditions.  If we are delayed another week, the question of planting wheat is more difficult.  For one thing, wheat planted after Oct 25 is not eligible for crop insurance.  For another, the prospect of any respectability in time-to-emerge (2 weeks or less) or plant development before dormancy is not looking good. My guess is that a grower might have about a 50/50 chance of attaining a worthwhile stand come springtime when planting late October or early November. 

There may be worse things than a mediocre wheat field...  1) a modest stand of wheat may still be more profitable than corn in 2015;  2) there is value to keeping a healthy rotation with wheat in the mix; 3) if expenses are kept in check, a poor stand of wheat could be redefined as a cover crop next spring and worked to plant alternative crop.

When planting after mid October bump the seeding rate to 2.2 million seeds per acre.  This will mean dropping about 30 seeds per foot-of-row. The hope is that there will be 25 seedlings per foot next spring (almost twice what we need for an early planted stand).  I don't know how deep we should plant.  I think I would keep it shallow for earlier emergence, though the risk of winter injury is often greater.  Don't be surprised if it does not emerge until next spring.  This will depend on seeding depth and soil temperatures in the months to come.

The 2014 Farm Bill and the new farm programs: What should I do ASAP?

The new farm bill has made some changes you need to know as you move into your planning for next year.  Click on the link below for more:

Interested In Being A 4-H Volunteer?

The need is there for more people to become involved in 4-H.  The link below will tell you more about this rewarding experience.

Applications Being Taken For Breakfast On The Farm For 2015

Know someone who whould like to host this event in 2015??  Click on the link below and learn more.

Proper Manure Management

This article from MSU is a must read for livestock producers:


http://Proper manure management is important for everyone, including small-scale livestock or horse farms

Dry Beans and Cancer

Click on the link below and check out the research regarding dry beans and their effect on cancer.


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