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.

Managing Cover Crops Profitably

A field day, tour and workshop designed to provide useful information for effective cover crop use will be held Tuesday, September 23.
Location is the Swoish Farms, 4775 Clear Lake Road, North Branch......
Time is 4pm - 8pm.

Cover crops provide a diverse opportunity for farmers and other agriculture enthusiasts to reduce costs, increase profits and even create new sources of income.  Joine the MSU team and learn about the latest information from experts in cover crops.

There is no charge for the event.  However, you are asked to pre-register to insure enough food is prepared.  A steak fry dinner will be provided so pre-registration is required.  Space is limited.

To register, call 810-667-0341 and ask for Tina House or email your registration to the following address:

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

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


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.

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

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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