Farm Service 790 is hosted by Terry Henne.  He offers the latest information in Agriculture - Events, Topics, Prices and Weather.  If it relates to Agriculture, Terry Henne is talking about it.

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

MABA Sponsoring a Water Quality Technology Demonstration

On Friday, August 22, Star of the West Milling Company and Zwerk and Sons Farms in Vassar will host a demonstration of advanced technology and environmental stewardship practices that are helping to protect water quality in the Saginaw Bay Watershed. Advancements in agricultural technology, bolstered by modern techniques such as The Fertilizer Institute’s “4R Nutrient Stewardship System” – using fertilizer from the right source, in the right amount, at the right time and right place – provide key strategies to boost soil health and water quality across Michigan.


What:             Saginaw Valley Ag Club meeting and demonstration tour of advanced agricultural technology.


Who:               Keith Martus, Star of the West Milling Company

Marty Zwerk, Zwerk & Sons Farms


When:             Friday, August 22, 2014

Meeting at 9:00 AM
Tour at 10:00 AM


Where:            Zwerk and Sons Farms

7647 W. Sanilac Road

Vassar, MI 48768


Members of the press are asked to RSVP for additional details to Chuck Lippstreu at or 517-242-5124.

Ogemaw Conservation District Forestry Field Day

Saturday, September 6 - 10a-2p

Tour and observe three sites that will highlight - a first harvest, on-going management several years after a harvest, a site that shows no management.

There will be a free tour and light lunch.

Call to register and get details at 989-808-2238 or email


Tire Recycling

A tire recycling event will take place on Saturday, August 23rd.  Location is the Ogemaw Heights High School Parking Lot.  Hours will be 9am-5pm.

$2.00 per tire and truck tires
$5.00 per semi tires
No tractor tires
limit of 20 tires

Limit of 20 tires
Tires must be clean
No tractor tires
No golf cart tires
No OTR tires
No tires over 12 ply

Call 989-343-0923 to make an appointment to drop off the tires

Michigan Dry Bean Harvest Conference & Tour

This event will be held at the Double Tree, Bay City Thursday, Sept. 11 - Friday Sept. 12.

This will be an informative session allowing buyers, quality control personnel and sellers quality time to pursue commerce.  There will be no charge for this event, but for planning purposes, they would like you to register if planning on coming.

For more information, go to:


Dry Beans and Cancer

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

Annual Saginaw Valley Research Tour Scheduled


WHAT:          Michigan State University (MSU) Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center Annual Research Tour


WHERE:        Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center
3775 S. Reese Road
Frankenmuth, MI 48734-9772


WHEN:         Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 9 a.m. – noon


WHY:            Visitors will have the opportunity to hear from leading MSU scientists talk about cutting-edge research in sugarbeets, dry edible beans and other Saginaw Valley crops. Twenty-minute tours of research plots will begin at 9 a.m. They will cover the latest findings in variety development, nitrogen research, weed management, disease control and insects. Lunch will be provided at noon.


WHO:            Anyone interested in learning more about the latest research and work being conducted in agriculture at the Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center.


HOW:            The field day is open to the public. Registration runs from 8 – 8:45 a.m. and costs $20 per person.


2014 Michigan wheat performance data now available

Michigan wheat farmers will want to spend some time reviewing results of the just released 2014 wheat varietal performance trials, before making seed purchasing decisions for this fall’s planting.


Michigan State University wheat experts have planted wheat varietal trial plots for over 15 years. In 2014, Dr. Eric Olson and Lee Siler had plots at six locations. Last summer’s plantings were seriously challenged by the epic winter, and the Sanilac and Lenawee County sites had to be abandoned this spring due to severe water and ice damage.


Data on the 2014 trials is posted at, the website of the Michigan Wheat Program in the What’s Hot Box on the front page. Once clicked, the results of the 2014 trials is displayed alongside the 2013 wheat variety trials. The MWP website also has links to MSU wheat variety trial results in 2012 and prior years. 

NMC-MSU to host conference on climate and technology in grape production

Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) and Michigan State University (MSU) will host a conference, “Weathering the Climate: Cultivation and Technology in Grape Production,” Sept. 5 at the Hagerty Center at NMC’s Great Lakes Campus, 710 E. Front Street, Traverse City.


The conference features experts in agricultural technology, geography, horticulture, and other areas related to unmanned aerial systems technology and the science of grape production. 


Sessions will include Climate Change and Potential Agronomic Impacts in the Great Lakes Region, Impacts of the 2014 Polar Vortex on Grapes: Lessons Learned, How to Manage Grapes for Our Changing Climate, and Unmanned Systems and Technology Applications in Viticulture.  There will be a vineyard demonstration of the application of unmanned systems at Chateau Chantal Vineyard and Winery, and a panel of grape growers will discuss practical applications of unmanned systems technology in vineyard management.


Conference speakers include Brian Matchett, MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology; Jeff Andresen, MSU Department of Geography; Imed Dami, Ohio State University Department of Horticulture and Crop Science; Paolo Sabbatini, MSU Department of Horticulture; Duke Elsner, MSU Extension; Ed Bailey, NMC Technical Division; and Tony Sauerbrey, NMC Unmanned Aerial Systems. 

Registration for the event can be done online by visiting and following the links.  Cost for the conference is $60; conference and dinner, $85.  Rooms have been made available for conference attendees to reserve at the Bayshore Resort.


2014 Dry Bean Variety Research Plot Tour Schedule

The plot schedule is as follows:


August 11- Sidetracks Restaurant, Crooks, Michigan......noon
August 12 - Tyler Idalski, Rogers City, Michigan....10am
August 12 - Duane Dellar Farms, Harrisville, Michigan....6pm
August 21 - Bay County, Schindler Farms, Kawkawlin, Michigan 6pm
August 25 - Montcalm County, Porter Farms, Coral....6pm
August 26 - SVREC Field Day, Frankenmuth, Michigan....9am
August 26 - Tuscola County, Zimmer Farms, Unionville, Michigan...6pm
August 27 - Sanilac County, Wadsworth Farms, Sandusky, Michigan...6pm
September 3 - Huron County, D&D Farms, Ruth, Michigan....6p
September 4 - Gratiot County, Steve Hoard Farm, Breckenridge, Michigan....6pm

Sustainable Bioenergy Cropping Systems Field Day

Dennis Pennington would like to personally invite you to attend the Sustainable Bioenergy Cropping Systems field day held on August 29 at the Kellogg Biological Station near Hickory Corners, MI.  The day will include classroom education in the morning, field plot tours in the afternoon and a list of resource tools that participants can take home with them.  I have attached a flyer with more information.  The program is free (including lunch) but we need you to register at

Breakfast On The Farm Continues This Year

Click on the link below for all the details including times and locations:


http://Enjoy free family fun and learning at three Breakfast on the Farm events

Fall Family Days 2014 at the Octagon Barn

September 5, 6 and 7th are the dates for Fall Family Days at Gagetown.  Theme for this year is "Apples".  See and talk to Johnny Appleseed in person.  Get more information by going to the following web address:



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