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Pure Michigan Ready for its Close-Up: Launches Michigan Moments Photo Contest

Pure Michigan is asking people across the state, and beyond, to share their favorite Pure Michigan photos during the 3rd Annual Michigan Moments Photo Contest, launching today. Photos will be displayed in a photo gallery at michigan.org/photocontest with the winning photograph included in a 2015 Pure Michigan Travel Guide and displayed as the cover photo on the Pure Michigan Facebook page.

“These Michigan Moments images represent the memories made here in Michigan and are a testament to all we have to offer travelers visiting from near and far,” said Leslie Hornung, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “This has become a very popular contest with our fans and is an engaging way to showcase our state and inspire travel to destinations throughout Michigan.”

Photos for the contest may be submitted to the gallery on michigan.org or through Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #PureMichigan and #PMContest2014. Submissions should identify the location in Michigan featured in the photo and cannot have been submitted in previous Pure Michigan photo contests.

Photos may be submitted until midnight on November 7, 2014.

Individuals will be able to vote on the photo they believe best represents Pure Michigan during a voting period that runs from Saturday, November 8 through midnight on Friday, November 14. People may vote for multiple entries; however only one vote per person will be allowed per entry, per day during the voting period.

The winning photograph will be chosen from the Top 10 photos as voted by the general public, based on which photo best represents the quality and character of Pure Michigan. It has the potential to be seen by hundreds of thousands of people through inclusion in a 2015 Pure Michigan Travel Guide and on Pure Michigan’s social channels. This is the first time a fan photo will be used as the Facebook cover photo on the Pure Michigan Facebook page.

In 2013, more than 3,000 photos were submitted during the contest with 56,211 votes cast in total. Photos were submitted from every corner of the state and included everything from scenic landscape and urban adventure shots to family vacations and photos of pets. Last year’s winning photo, submitted by Carla White of Christmas, featured a sunset over Lake Superior, just west of Bay Furnace Park in Christmas, Mich.

For contest rules and regulations, visit michigan.org.

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 klotzmis@msu.edu or 269-671-2402. To learn more about the KBS Pasture Dairy and other events, visit pasturedairy.kbs.msu.edu

 

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:

 

http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/msu_department_of_animal_science_seeks_nominations_for_its_2015_dairy_farme

 

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:

 

http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/the_2014_farm_bill_and_the_new_farm_programs_what_should_i_do_asap

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.

 

https://us-mg6.mail.yahoo.com/neo/launch?.partner=ftr&.rand=a3i31s3kpqrkm#mail

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.

 

http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/2015_breakfast_on_the_farm_host_farm_applications_due_soon

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.

 

http://michiganbean.org/category/latestnews/

 

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